Entomology (Study of Bugs)/unidentified bug


I live in Seattle in a 2nd story apartment and there are tiny black leach like bugs that pop up off and on. I have tried to catch them or even get a photo but they slither into a crack, carpet or the heater before I can. I have searched the internet for months now and can not find any photos that match what I see.


Sounds like maybe silverfish or firebrat:


Otherwise, might be some kind of insect larva in which case I'd have to at least see a clear image if not a specimen.

Not much more I can think of that matches your description.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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