You are here:

Pest Control/Mystery Bug

Advertisement


Question
Good Afternoon Dr. DeAngelis...I hope you can help with a problem that is of real concern to me. My friends think I am (?)delusional and the County Extention Agent just shakes his head and says "uh, huh" !. Also, please don't be thrown off-track by every fact - I am not really sure what is relevant to my problem !.
I live on the beaches of Northwest Florida in a condo with a grassy lawn, directly across from the gulf.  My problem began last September - nothing remarkable, except I received a large shipment from California by commercial freight truck about that time.
Pardon the "unpleasantness", but I began noticing what looked like small scabs with no explainable reason. Sometime, they were "fuzzy" or ""wooly" (I nick-named them "traveling scabs"). On closer look with a 10X magnifying glass, they appeared to have small white larva (always dead) in them. They can move more than just on the floor - I have found them on the sofa and am paranoid about finding them in bed - not what I want to sleep with !
From what I can tell, this seems to be the pattern: small leaf-shaped lime green extremely thin  "thing" will appear on a smooth out-of-the-way wall. Oh, they have a pointed end that the somewhat retain throughout their cycle. After a while, they drop off, dry to the scab appearance still with somewhat of a pointed end. I found 4 of these green things hanging under the sofa each on about a 3 inch web (more like a piece of frazzled yarn). I scooped them into a jar, and within 30 minutes, the insect had reshaped the individual webs into a single spherical hollow web.
Bizarre, but true. I have tried bug bombs, sprays, clorox, and they come back. Any ideas  ????

Answer
Jay,

Can you post a photo? If not I can only suggest collecting a few and having them examined under a microscope (use a damp Q-tip and place them in alcohol). If the Extension office is not helping you may have to contact a university/entomology dept. in your state directly. If you can get a good photo I'd be glad to take a look.

Jack DeAngelis  

Pest Control

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Jack DeAngelis

Expertise

I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.

Experience

I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in Entomology

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.