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These are all dead and I have only ever seen them dead. This is the basement area. I only see a few.
They're near the wall. I can't figure out what they are and if I need to do something about it. Thanks in advance.


Ok, at least one of your images shows something that is *not* an insect:  a terrestrial arthropod known as a "woodlouse," aka "sowbug."

Here's more about them:

They are not pests, feeding mostly on decaying plant matter.  They are fairly moisture-dependent, so their appearance indoors *may* signal the presence of a leak, though not necessarily.

Hope this helps.


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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.

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