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Subject:  Unidentified tiny bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Clearwater, Florida
Date: 01/28/2018
Time: 07:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, Bugman.
I’m sincerely hoping you can identify this tiny bug that I keep finding crawling on me when I am in my living room at home. This only started a couple of weeks ago.
Fortunately, I’ve ruled out bed bugs. I tried to take useful photos, but I apologize for the poor quality.
I have a cat, but she has never been outside, and I’ve checked her over and found no sign of fleas. I’m almost certain this bug doesn’t fly, but it moves quickly.
I know you’re busy, but I’m grasping at straws.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
How you want your letter signed:  Jackie Burger

Flea

Dear Jackie,
This looks like a Flea to us.  Even indoor cats can get Fleas, and households with no pets can also get Fleas.  Once when our editorial staff had no pets, a family of feral cats living under the house cause a major Flea infestation.  Squirrels and other rodents living in close proximity to a home might introduce Fleas to the household.

Flea

Hello, Daniel.
Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to identify this bug. I was able to get rid of them and my cat couldn’t be happier.
Thanks again!
Jackie Burger
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Subject:  Bug found on pillow
Geographic location of the bug:  Albuquerque, NM
Date: 01/26/2018
Time: 05:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this bug crawling on my pillow and thought it to be a bed bug at first, having never seen one before. It doesn’t seem to be one.
It was sort of translucent.
I realize it may be lice, but I haven’t been anywhere near people who might have head or body lice. I don’t have any new bumps or itching out of the ordinary, and checked my mattress for signs of bed bugs. I also checked clothing seams for eggs but there were none.
So is it just a random adult louse? Am I doomed to infection?
How you want your letter signed:  Sofia

Louse

Dear Sofia,
Though quite degraded, your image does nonetheless resemble a Human Louse.  You are not “doomed to infection” as you seem to have discovered this early, and there are many over the counter remedies available.

Daniel,
Thank you very much! I was in denial since I’ve never had to deal with them before. I’ve scheduled an appointment with a clinic to remove them and am washing my stuff/heat treating things.
I likely got them on a train in Vietnam, I was in a sleeper.
Thanks again for your help.
Sofia

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Subject:  Is this a bed bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Columbus Ohio
Date: 01/25/2018
Time: 03:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please I’d this bug? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Nervous

Bed Bug

Dear Nervous,
This is indeed a Bed Bug.

Well booger. I was hoping it was not since I could not find any other evidence of them in the house. I appreciate your help. Thank you!

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Subject:  Identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia
Date: 01/25/2018
Time: 05:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This has been found in family members hair last few months since my teen sons friend spent the night. Now they have multiplied, mostly in my daughter’s dreads she just started, a two in teen son and a couple in other sons hair. We have used special sprays and shampoos lice combed them out washed all clothing and bedding and still finding them.
How you want your letter signed:  Frustrated family

Human Head Louse

Dear Frustrated family,
This is a Human Head Louse and it sounds like you are doing what needs to be done to eradicate them from your family and your home.

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Subject:  Several Mistery Stashes of what looks like brown seeds
Geographic location of the bug:  Windham, New York
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 10:07 PM EDT
Hello!
Thank you for taking the time to read/look into our issue.
My wife and I recently acquired a vacation home on the Catskills in Windham, New York. We have discovered in a few locations very small stashes of what looks to me like seeds of some kind, but I am no longer sure what we are finding.
It is always inside a bed, or folded towels, or folded blankets or laundry.
We do know there are mice in this area, but from what I understand, they wouldn’t be just seeds but no droppings. We have setup mouse traps and will continue to setup more, but again we only find seeds and no droppings. Not around the house or along the walls or any if that.
There is snow on the ground outside, so my gut tells me it may be a squirrel or chipmunk, but haven’t heard any noises nor have we found any acorns.
I am submitting a couple pictures to try to help solve the mistery.
How you want your letter signed:  George & Elena

Seeds

Dear George & Elena,
Our best bet on this is that a rodent is stashing seeds inside your home as a winter meal.  You wouldn’t necessarily find droppings near the food stash.  We will be postdating your submission to go live to our site while our editorial staff is away for the holidays.

Seeds

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Subject:  What bug is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Texas
Date: 12/03/2017
Time: 04:55 PM EDT
What is this bug? I found it in an old glasses case.
How you want your letter signed:  Help

Firebrat

This is a Silverfish, a common household pest that will eat just about anything organic it finds in the home, including the wallpaper glue and the glue in book bindings.  We will postdate your submission to go live at the end of the month while our staff is out of the office for the holidays.

Update December 30, 2017:  Thanks to a comment, we now realize this is a Firebrat.

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