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FUZZY BUG
FUZZY BUG  

FUZZY BUG 2
FUZZY BUG 2  
Hello Ed,
I live in the Bronx, NY. I was cleaning my bedroom and when I moved a wire from the corner of the wall(where the wall and floor meet), I found these small grey-ish or transparent bugs. The ran pretty slow. I killed 2 and took a picture. I notice they have 2 longer legs, or maybe antennas...not sure. Can you help me identify this bug?

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Dear Melinda- These are not insects, but terrestrial crustaceans in the order Isopoda. Commonly known as woodlice, sowbugs, pillbugs, or roly polys, they are for the most part harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter (occasionally, they may cause damage to very tender young plants). As they breathe through gills that must be kept moist in order to thrive, they may be controlled primarily through moisture management - eliminating unnecessary sources of moisture such as leaky water pipes/taps, condensate from refrigeration.air-handling equipment, etc. and reducing indoor humidity as much as practical.

Hope this helps,
Sugy

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

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21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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