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Subject:  Changes around the house
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern New Jersey
Date: 08/26/2018
Time: 06:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Recently, we’ve been having a lot of construction done at our house and the house has been completely open to the outside. Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen some of these sharing our home with us. We haven’t seen them before. We live in a forested, semi-rural area.
It would be great to understand what these are so we can understand their habits.
Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Jim Jacobson

German Cockroach Nymph

Dear Jim,
As you can see from this BugGuide image, you have a German Cockroach nymph,
Blattella germanica.  This is one of the species of Cockroaches that will infest homes and businesses.  It is possible that they were already in your home and the construction has caused them to flee into the open, as they are generally nocturnal feeders that shun light.  It is also possible that they were somehow transported to your home with construction materials or personal belongings of the construction workers, but if you are finding them in large numbers, they are likely reproducing in your home.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much for this information. I truly appreciate it. I would guess that somehow they were transported into the house. We’ve lived here 6 years and this is the first time we’ve seen any. We have only seen two.
Thanks again,
Jim Jacobson

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake county il
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 12:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Jessica

Female German Cockroach with Ootheca

Dear Jessica,
This is a female German Cockroach and she is dragging around her ootheca or egg case.  According to BugGuide:  “Nocturnal; major pest of residential and commercial structures. Some people can develop severe allergies to cockroach parts, feces, and oils.  Females carry the ootheca for up to a month, dropping it just before the eggs hatch.” 

Subject:  Blood sucking insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Arizona,  USA
Date: 08/12/2018
Time: 08:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,  these have been in my bed twice! Both times I squished them blood came out. Found a few more in a cardboard box under the bed. We don’t have welts like bed bugs, not even bits. Have a cat that likes it under the bed and she may have bits, I’m not sure. They were fast callers l crawlers too, but disintegrate when squished.
How you want your letter signed:  Eager Entomologist in Training

Kissing Bug nymphs

Dear Eager Entomologist in Training,
We have bad news for you.  These are Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug nymphs or Kissing Bug nymphs in the genus
Triatoma, and they have been in the news frequently lately because they are vectors for the spreading of Chagas Disease.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide:  “Bite can cause severe allergic reaction in humans. Bite and defecation into bite can transmit Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. The North American species can carry the parasite but they do not normally defecate at the site of bite, and thus rarely transmit the disease (Vetter 2001). Rare vector-borne cases of Chagas occur in the so. US (CDC 2013).”  The fact that you have captured so many nymphs in your home likely means an adult female Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug of reproductive age is also present.

Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug nymphs

Dear Daniel,
Holy crud!!! I had a feeling it was those but didn’t want to believe it. About this reproductive female…. what the heck do I do to get her and these gone!?!?

Dear (we hope still) Eager Entomologist in Training,
We do not provide extermination advice, but in this case, considering your infestation, you might want to seek professional assistance.  Let any contractors you contact know that you know exactly what you have so they treat the situation appropriately.

Thank you so much! Isn’t there someone i should be contacting about this finding? I’ve read somewhere they track instances of these bugs and collect specimens. And my passion for insects couldn’t be crushed by this. I’m wiser and nonetheless curious!

You can start with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Thank you! You rock!!

Subject:  Is this bug harmful?  My family members are afraid of it.
Geographic location of the bug:  Bangladesh
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 03:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This type of bugs I found on my floor for the first time. They moves here and there and all over my home.
A larva outs it’s head frequently and moves.
How you want your letter signed:  Please let me know is it harmful or not including its name and species. Thanks in advance.

Household Casebearer Moth Larva

This is a Household Casebearer Moth Larva in the family Tineidae, a cosmopolitan household intruder that is a nuisance, but it is not dangerous.  According to Featured Creatures:  “Many species in this family are casebearers and a few are indoor pests of hair fibers, woolens, silks, felt and similar materials.”

Thanks a lot for your kind and quick reply.
I’m greatful to you.

Subject:  Flys
Geographic location of the bug:  Malibu California up in the hills
Date: 07/23/2018
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I keep finding this little fly only in one bathroom of my bathrooms not any other room. It’s been recently remodeled.
They are not fast and all black
How you want your letter signed:  Debby V.

Drain Fly

Dear Debby,
This is a Drain Fly or Bathroom Fly, a common household nuisance.  The larvae breed in the sludge found in your drains.

Subject:  Clueless!?!?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brazoria County Texas
Date: 07/09/2018
Time: 12:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These little things stick to the interior and exterior of one particular wall of our house. The front wall is where our porch light is and our bathrooms (they tend to be in the bathrooms more than not) but they were all over the place under our exterior shutters when we took them down. They stay stuck on the wall when they die. The “tongue-like” part extends to grab a new spot and it pulls itself up and repeats the process. I see them dead as often or more than I see them alive. Thanks for any insight.
How you want your letter signed:  JA

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear JA,
This is a Case Bearing Moth larva, a common household nuisance that will feed on pet hair and other organic materials found in the home.