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SubjectDate Asked
bed bugs preferences?3/21/2017
  Q: i want to ask if bed bugs prefer certain people over others. i go to my boyfriend's family's ...
  A: Amber, People differ in how much they react to bed bug bites so you may be especially sensitive. ...
Wasps3/20/2017
  Q: We live in southeastern Nebraska and we have always had wasps around. We moved about 3 years ago to ...
  A: Erin, Can you describe the nests you are finding, or better yet post a photo? Are the nests ...
Fleas3/14/2017
  Q: Do you know about fleas? Specifically, why they bit some people and not others. I have a flea ...
  A: Joyce, Two different things may affect getting flea bites. Some people are naturally more ...
Carpet beetles issue3/12/2017
  Q: I live in a small flat in the UK. About a month ago I noticed some small varied carpet beetles (been ...
  A: Mus, No need to be overly anxious about carpet beetles as they are completely harmless. However, it ...
worms or larvae ?1/1/2017
  Q: I found these worms-like on my apartment floor,They are brown around 1 to -1.5 cm long (0.39-0.59 ...
  A: May, This is the larval stage of a beetle. Unfortunately at this stage they can be very difficult ...
Tiny house bug12/29/2016
  Q: Hey there! I have found roughly 20 of these in total, mostly dead, within the basement level room if ...
  A: Shelby, This is a weevil (beetle) that infests seeds and grains. Normally when they occur in homes ...
Roach11/15/2016
  Q: I live in a single family home in rural South Carolina. I have never had an issue with roaches ...
  A: Sherri, The best option in this case is cockroach baits (see ...
german cockroaches in condo10/24/2016
  Q: On bed rest on my first day home from surgery in August, someone had some flowers sent to me that I ...
  A: Cecillia, Cockroaches are very common in apartment buildings and attached condos (see ...
Identification of Egg10/20/2016
  Q: I recently found a yellow egg in my bed that is identical to the ones in these pictures sent to Mr. ...
  A: John, I agree with Ed that the image in that question is not related to bed bugs, see ...
Attic Vent Protection Systems9/8/2016
  Q: Aloha from Hawaii. We are most recently dealing with a been infestation in the attic of a ...
  A: Tom, I assume you are talking about soffit vents. Why not purchase plastic screen vents that fit in ...
Termite Bait Systems9/2/2016
  Q: For the past 2 years I have had the Advance Termite Bait system (9 stations at approx 20 ft ...
  A: Edward, The Sentricon label I have calls for service every 2-6 weeks, not once a year. I think this ...
Flies and beetles coming from bathtub drain and possibly from walls as well?8/24/2016
  Q: The bathroom is situated on an outside wall of the house, so the shower wall is also the exterior ...
  A: JC, I think these are both phorid flies (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoridae and ...
Indian moth moths-can't find source8/17/2016
  Q: . Wondering if you could please help. Back in June 2013, I brought some perfume boxes home from my ...
  A: Linda, Once Indian meal moth becomes established they can be very difficult to completely eliminate ...
Wasps in Basement8/15/2016
  Q: Over the past month, we noticed many wasps coming & going from a certain spot on our front porch. My ...
  A: Allison, If the initial treatment included sealing the nest's entrance hole that would explain why ...
Roaches/Harris tablets or borax8/9/2016
  Q: I am not convinced. When you spray a roach with an insecticide, you see it die. There are tons of ...
  A: I don't have any references handy re: boric acid as insect control but it is generally accepted to ...
bed bugs7/18/2016
  Q: Is this a bed bug? I've found three in almost two weeks and am becoming concerned.
  A: Heaven, No, this is are carpet beetle. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for a bed ...
tinie tiny white bug7/13/2016
  Q: Since April only in my Son's bedroom he his getting bit at night. He went on a trip to St.Louis so I ...
  A: Linda, The small white bug sounds like a mold mite (see ...
Moths7/10/2016
  Q: We realized (last summer) the moths flying in our living area were pantry moths....a vigorous clean ...
  A: Angie, First, I think you are confusing meal moths (pantry moths) with clothes moths, the two are ...
Termites7/1/2016
  Q: I just read a thread from 2011 where you commented; hoping you can help! I rent a home on ...
  A: Jennifer, If you examine the droppings with a magnifying glass do they appear to have ridges? A ...
What type of bird mite is this?6/30/2016
  Q: A few days ago I started to find bird mites around my window, on my walls and on my bed. Since then ...
  A: Bekka, This looks more like a clover mite (http://www.livingwithbugs.com/clover_mite.html) than a ...
bug identification question.6/25/2016
  Q: I found this bug crawling on my pillow case. I am not sure what kind of bug it is and im hoping it ...
  A: Izzy, Not a bed bug. This is a carpet beetle, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html ...
Roaches and borax6/1/2016
  Q: Curious about this. I trapped some baby roaches and a roach pill in a coffee can. Left it ...
  A: The roaches must eat the tablets to work and overnight might not be long enough. Try adding a source ...
Unknown bug5/31/2016
  Q: In the past couple months, my daughter's recently built home in Texas has become infested with what ...
  A: Ed, Can you get a photo? Otherwise capture a few into alcohol using a damp cotton swab. Take the ...
Is this a bedbug?5/27/2016
  Q: I have found this small brown bug in my bedroom. I am not sure is you are able to see this close ...
  A: David, No, this is a carpet beetle. For comparison, this is a bed bug ...
Boric acid and insects5/25/2016
  Q: Two questions for you: -After a roach has eaten something laced with boric acid, how many minutes, ...
  A: Art, This question is a lot more complicated than it might appear. There are lots of factors that ...
Wasps getting into house5/23/2016
  Q: I found a wasp on my dinette window today,and when I looked in the basement,there were two bees on ...
  A: Michael, Rather than trying to get in I think these wasps may be trying to get out. Reproductive ...
Hornet Nest5/22/2016
  Q: What eats a hornet nest and hornets? The hornet nests on my property seem to get destroyed and the ...
  A: Patti, Birds will often do this with nests that are high like yours and skunks will destroy ground ...
Black/Grey Mites5/16/2016
  Q: The last month we've had a mite problem or at least we think they are mites. There are hundreds ...
  A: Carrie, I can't see enough detail to id. Your best option is to collect a few into alcohol using a ...
Termites5/15/2016
  Q: While standing outside today I noticed two winged insects kind of floating in the air. One landed on ...
  A: Sherri, Finding a few winged termites, or even many, is no reason for concern. Most will have come ...
Roaches + Apartment Living5/11/2016
  Q: Hey Jack! My boyfriend and I have been living in NYC for two years and are currently hunting for an ...
  A: Lindsay, Living in an older building in a big city there's probably no way to avoid cockroaches ...
Flat bugs that fly.5/4/2016
  Q: I have used a pest control company and still cannot get rid of them. They seem to be coming from my ...
  A: Yes, hopefully. These are called plaster bagworms, the larvae of a type of clothes moth. The adult ...
Tiny black bugs5/3/2016
  Q: I hope you can help. I've noticed that in one bathroom and my bed there is tiny black bug ...
  A: Carrie, These sound like springtails (Collembola), see ...
termite inspection4/22/2016
  Q: About how long should an annual termite inspection take? My 1700 square foot house is 25 years old ...
  A: Jo, A thorough inspection should take much longer (say 1-2 hrs) than this but it depends on how ...
Finding bug/termite droppings can you help identify please.4/15/2016
  Q: I live in North Dakota and recently found some small black dropping in our kitchen cupboard and ...
  A: Ilana, These particles are not from termites and I think your second guess is the correct one, ...
Found brown bug4/12/2016
  Q: Found this brown bug with black spots and black head under my Ottoman in my foyer. Only found one ...
  A: Nathan, This is a beetle but I can't see enough detail to id further. It could be one of the carpet ...
Rat Mite Infestation4/6/2016
  Q: Since January 2016, we've been experiencing mysterious bites, espeically on my 5 year old. The ...
  A: Akiko, You are on the right track, the most important step is to remove the animals and the nests. ...
Termites3/8/2016
  Q: We have termites (not ground type) in our oven area and second floor bedroom. Do you recommend we ...
  A: Carrie, As you know termites can be very serious structural pests in warm tropical regions like ...
Rodent Mites1/24/2016
  Q: I recently sat on a park bench for many hours, unaware there were either mice or rats present until ...
  A: Lisa, It is very unlikely that you would be exposed to rodent mites this way (see ...
Tiny biting bug and small ugly bug.1/7/2016
  Q: I found these tiny black biting bugs with wings & they have like a curly long hair attached to them ...
  A: April, The first image looks like a small fly, possibly a psychodid (moth fly). I can't see enough ...
Millipede menace1/1/2016
  Q: In our township, most houses have the problem of millipede. They invade into houses from nearby ...
  A: Millipedes generally only enter homes when the outside soil is either too dry or too wet. Once ...
Tiny flies or gnats in house12/23/2015
  Q: I noticed a cluster of tiny flies or gnats around my Eucerin body cream pump in the bath, and also ...
  A: I still can't see a lot of detail but I don't think these are flies at all. I think they are winged ...
Carpet beetles?12/16/2015
  Q: we bought a house last year that had been vacant for over two years and we've been having a heck of ...
  A: April, I don't see anything in these two photos that I can clearly id as a carpet beetle, see ...
holes in clothes11/18/2015
  Q: ,i am having a disaster,i found holes in clothes,specificly the cotton only,,all t-shirts,under ...
  A: Haidy, Can you post a picture of the holes in the clothes? Since there are no insects that ...
Bedbug bites.11/4/2015
  Q: I wakeup in the morning with bedbug bites.How can I get rid of them?Thank you! ANSWER: Randy, Bed ...
  A: Here's a list of sprays and dusts that should be effective for bed bugs, ...
Small insect10/26/2015
  Q: I'm hoping you can help me out with a question. We're starting to find a small, caterpillar-like ...
  A: Robert, This is a carpet beetle larva, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for ...
Bugs in house10/24/2015
  Q: I recently have had a problem in my house with tiny brown bugs. They seem like fleas but do not ...
  A: Kris, I don't see any photos but from your description these sound like carpet beetles (adults and ...
What are these bugs?? Urgent, newborn in home...10/23/2015
  Q: I have been finding these small brown bugs crawling on my walls (I saw around 10 today). I have a ...
  A: This is a beetle but there's a lot of damage. However, it looks like one of the species that infest ...
Black bugs in house10/18/2015
  Q: We recently started seeing these bugs, especially on our windowsill. I have now also found them in ...
  A: Kim, This is a weevil, probably one of the seed or grain weevils. There are a number of species ...
Bugs in house10/15/2015
  Q: I recently have had a problem in my house with tiny brown bugs. They seem like fleas but do not ...
  A: Kris, The larva is a carpet beetle larva, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for ...
pantry moths9/15/2015
  Q: We had a minor problem with pantry moths that's gotten worse due to an infested bag of SWheat Scoop ...
  A: Theo, Keep in mind that the traps will only catch male moths so the real trick is to locate and ...
Possible mite bite9/14/2015
  Q: I had little bites on my back that had little black splinters in the middle. My boyfriend used ...
  A: Nicole, There are no insects or mites that do this. There's an insect called a thrips that is ...
Western-spotted Orb Weavers9/9/2015
  Q: I work at a wastewater treatment plant, and we are inundated by orb weavers [which were identified ...
  A: Andrew, Massive spider "outbreaks" and webbing are common at waster-water treatment facilities ...
Mystery bugs in bedroom!!9/4/2015
  Q: I hope that this note finds you well. I was wondering if you could help identify the bugs I have ...
  A: Sarah, These are not bed bugs but the images are a bit too small to be certain of an exact id. They ...
bed bug help8/7/2015
  Q: I came home after a day out and saw a flattened adult bed bug on my kitchen floor. I am in a state ...
  A: Lisa, Can you post a picture of the bug you found? I'd like to confirm that it is a bed bug since ...
Wasps8/2/2015
  Q: I live in an apartment building. I am on a low floor. Five days ago my mom spotted a wasp on the ...
  A: Debbie, It is not uncommon for wasps to get inside in late summer and early fall, nests are at ...
Rat lice infestation of house7/19/2015
  Q: I baited rats in the ceiling in January this year and have had lice scooting around my body for ...
  A: Donna, I think you are referring to rat mites, not lice (see ...
Bird Mite Infestation7/3/2015
  Q: I've just "emerged" from battling bird mites for over a month. I am hoping that it's all over now. ...
  A: Mary, I agree there is a lot of misinformation and hype about the so called bird mites around. We ...
bug identification7/2/2015
  Q: I recently returned home from a vacation at Ocean City, MD. I was there in a hotel for a week and ...
  A: Erika, There are no insects or mites that exactly match your description. The only mites that ...
Bug identification7/1/2015
  Q: I have a particular bug that I have found in my home (michigan) and on the outside walls and windows ...
  A: This is a called a springtail or colembola, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/springtails.html for a ...
White mould mites5/15/2015
  Q: I have been ill for 2yr, bronchitis,asthma,covered in poison body lesions, panic attacks,sinusitis ...
  A: Carol, Mold mites (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mold_mites.html for more about these mites) ...
wasps in winter4/10/2015
  Q: For the last few weeks we have seen a few wasps in the house (5 total). Only one was flying, the ...
  A: Kristin, You are probably correct, these are paper wasps coming out of winter dormancy. They won't ...
wood roach or oriental cockroach?4/2/2015
  Q: 3 years ago I found a dead insect in the bathtub, I took a picture which I will share below. The ...
  A: Krista, Since baiting for these cockroaches is fairly easy the best option is probably to go ahead ...
Termite3/27/2015
  Q: I live in a 3,000 + square foot home, built in around 1920 in Southwest Florida. It was just ...
  A: Norman, Did you mean drywood termite? The tent and fumigate treatment for drywood termites is ...
What to use to inject chemical into drywall to kill termite?3/25/2015
  Q: I just bought a bottle of termidor and going to treat subterranean termite in my bathroom base trim ...
  A: Will, This type of treatment is normally done with a foam insecticide that is applied through an ...
Is bug a danger to my home3/16/2015
  Q: I recently become a first time home owner, prior to this I rented. Therefore until now I haven't ...
  A: Johan, These are called collembola or springtails (see ...
Problem material2/27/2015
  Q: We are in the process of completing an extensive remodel of the basement of our 50 year old home in ...
  A: The material is too course to be powderpost beetles and too heterogeneous to be drywood termites (I ...
Black ants in house1/26/2015
  Q: We live in Fallston Md and are seeing black ants in our house one at a time at least two aday never ...
  A: Paula, The best way to pinpoint the location of an infestation is with baits. Put several bait ...
Odorous House Ants under slab1/5/2015
  Q: You posted several answers to someone a few years ago that was complaining about Odorous House Ants ...
  A: Jeff, I don't recall this question specifically but applications can fail for a number of reasons. ...
Unidentifiable insect found in my room.12/27/2014
  Q: Noticed a shadow on my blinds during the day time. Looked over at the other side and saw these ...
  A: Excellent photo. These are newly hatched true bugs (Hemiptera), possibly one of the leaf-footed bug ...
powderpost beetles in new bamboo floor12/10/2014
  Q: I live in Philadelphia, PA. Two and a half years ago I bought a 100 yr old row-house that has been ...
  A: Giuseppe, I think these are old (inactive) emergence holes or possibly not emergence holes at all ...
Transmiting birdmites to others11/26/2014
  Q: What can I do to prevent taking bird mites to my family members( premie baby and 2 yr old) when I ...
  A: Linda, There's very little chance that bird mites (see ...
car infested with fleas11/21/2014
  Q: I have a flea infestation in my car and i can't get rid of it. i can't find any pesticides ...
  A: Joseph, If you can heat the interior to about 60 deg C for a few hours that will kill everything, ...
Small Brown Bugs crawling on wall, floor and sofa11/17/2014
  Q: I have been seeing those small brown tiny bugs all over my sofa and living room floor, they started ...
  A: Much better picture. Looks like either the drugstore beetle or the closely related cigarette beetle ...
Little white bugs.11/16/2014
  Q: We have these little white bugs and they sound like what you have decribed as mold mites but the ate ...
  A: Trish, Mold or grain mites are the only mites that would be described this way, and you are correct ...
Are these insect eggs?11/12/2014
  Q: I found what looks like grains of sand on the seat my baby's infant swing. My husband and I ...
  A: Kathy, I can't see them clearly enough to be certain but they don't look like insect eggs. Plus, I ...
wasps and muddobber11/5/2014
  Q: I have a camp up from a lake. my friend got stung the other nite and is alergect to bees etc. got ...
  A: Joe, The aerosol bombs won't work well in this case. The nest(s) is in the wall and the aerosol ...
Bees or wasps in basement11/1/2014
  Q: We have had a reoccurring problem in our unfinished basement now for two years and our management ...
  A: This is a wasp but it does not appear to be one of the social (nest building) vespids. I can't see ...
What Bug Is This?10/9/2014
  Q: I live in Ontario Canada. These bugs have been in my house for awhile now. I've usually seen them on ...
  A: Andrea, This is not a bed bug it is a beetle (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for ...
common household ant problem10/8/2014
  Q: we have a problem with the common black ant, not sugar or pharaoh or the other real small ones; this ...
  A: Nick, Not sure what you mean by "common black ant" as this is not a common name I'm familiar with. ...
Super tiny white bugs10/5/2014
  Q: i moved to signal hill, ca this past spring and wasn't until about a month after did I notice these ...
  A: Derek, I think your best option is to collect a few of the bugs in alcohol and take them to the LA ...
Unknown bugs10/2/2014
  Q: I found these bugs in the shower. They seem to have two antennas at the top of the frame. They are ...
  A: Mery, Because everything is matted together I'm having trouble seeing the details I need for an id. ...
Moths won't go away!9/30/2014
  Q: We started getting what we think are pantry moths (as per Terminix) in May 2013. They lasted until ...
  A: Marlene, Yes, these do appear to be Indian meal moth. This moth can be very difficult to control ...
Clothes Moth larva9/11/2014
  Q: I have had a problem with clothes moth larva outside on our screened in porch for about 3 yrs now. ...
  A: Those are called plaster bagworms (or household casebearer), a type of clothes moths. They are ...
HUMPBACK FLIES8/25/2014
  Q: I HAVE IDENTIFIED THESE FLIES FROM THE VEIN PATTERNS ON THE WINGS AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION ON MANY ...
  A: Mark, These flies develop in all sorts of decaying vegetable/plant material including the "gunk" ...
Wasp making noises in the roof edge8/2/2014
  Q: I just read this question post ("Wasps in roof void making strange noises"), and I think I have the ...
  A: Kevin, The wasps won't damage the roof, they have probably constructed a nest in a void space that ...
Flour Beetle and No-See-Ums?7/26/2014
  Q: We live in a new construction townhouse, which was never completely finished. There are gaps in the ...
  A: Krystal, Can you post a picture of the bugs because it is not clear from your description what you ...
Tan flat "sandy" marks on patio bugs?7/19/2014
  Q: It seems like (more so after a rain) I get these "sandy" flat tan "marks" on the inside roof of my ...
  A: Laura, I think these are moth eggs but I'm not 100% certain. Moths often lay their eggs in clumps ...
Unknown Spider7/13/2014
  Q: I keep finding these spiders dead throughout the house. What kind of spider is it?
  A: Marisa, There are several species of spiders that are common in homes and all look very similar. I ...
ant control7/11/2014
  Q: Jack, I have read many posts and have yet to see my problem, so let's try. I live in Michigan (north ...
  A: Lynwood, The ants probably are not harming the grass. They may in fact help the grass by aerating ...
Ash boror7/9/2014
  Q: I know theirs a lot of Ash trees dying out there. And my question is, Will all the Ash boror insects ...
  A: Jake, There are cases where a non-native species like the emerald ash borer completely eliminated ...
hardwood tree cut down7/7/2014
  Q: .last month a relative cut down a hardwood tree on my front lawn. then he took all the pieces of it ...
  A: James, As long as the wood is used in a year or so there's no problem. Termite colonies (see ...
worms7/6/2014
  Q: Can you identify this worm and tell me how it's getting in the house and how to get rid of them. I ...
  A: France, This is a larva of a beetle, the likely source is stored food such as grains, cereals and ...
Roaches7/5/2014
  Q: I just found a belly up roach in my living room. After looking online, I'm fairly certain it is a ...
  A: Sherri, It is true that when you find a cockroach it usually means there's more. But, this refers ...
Argentine ants7/1/2014
  Q: Like many San Diegans I am dealing with an annual summer attack of Argentine ants. As usual they are ...
  A: Theo, The new paste/gel baits will work much better than the stakes (see ...
What kind of mite is this?6/30/2014
  Q: Hoping you can tell me if this is a bird or a rodent mite. I can get more pictures. Thanks... ...
  A: The only way to get a species level id would be to mount the mites on a slide and examine under ...
Pantry moths6/16/2014
  Q: DeAngelis, I had an exterminator spray my apt with special care to the kitchen and bathrooms 4 days ...
  A: Mary, Unfortunately pesticides don't work well against meal/pantry moths. The best option is to ...
small brown flying beetle6/8/2014
  Q: I have been dealing with a tiny brown flying beetle that appears very similar to the cigar beetle or ...
  A: Bill, There are lots of different small brown beetles so without a picture I have to assume that ...
Cockroaches in vehicle5/25/2014
  Q: I really appreciate all of the experts help. I bought a vehicle from a junkyard that sells used ...
  A: Rachel, Baits are definitely better than sprays or "bombs", in fact bombs won't work well at all. ...
Newly renovated apartment and bird mites5/20/2014
  Q: One week ago I moved into a brand new apartment (Downey, CA)that was newly renovated, including new ...
  A: Amy, You are correct, the only source for bird mites (see ...
small black bugs in kitchen5/19/2014
  Q: I have these small black bugs in my kitchen, and had them last spring/summer as well. They don't ...
  A: CB, Looks like one of the carpet beetles (there are several species) and since they often infest ...
Carpenter Ants5/16/2014
  Q: I have had some carpenter ants in my home for several years. I have the exterminator come whenever I ...
  A: Jeff, I'm afraid the exterminator may be taking advantage of your "generosity". Carpenter ants are ...
Insect infestation5/9/2014
  Q: I recently killed off an ant infestation. Several weeks later a beetle like insect took over and ...
  A: Tracette, I can't see this clearly enough to id. However, it appears to be an immature true bug ...
Termites5/7/2014
  Q: I had a termite inspecion in the kitchen of my house and the guy couldn't find any evidence in the ...
  A: Mary, A couple of questions ... Is the floor collapsing because of termite damage? Where were ...
Biting midges in my screened patio5/4/2014
  Q: I live on a salt water canal off Tampa Bay. No-see-ums are a real problem in the area so I've had ...
  A: Gregg, Repellents containing DEET or picaridin are fairly effective as are "personal foggers" (see ...
Carpenter ants???4/29/2014
  Q: So, I started finding big black ants in my bedroom...I assume they are carpenter ants. I put Terro ...
  A: Pam, Unfortunately Terro-type baits don't work very well for carpenter ants, try the newer baits ...
Bed bug???3/29/2014
  Q: a year ago my building (I am a tenant) got infected by bed bugs. After professional treatment, I ...
  A: Jayson, Sorry but this does look like a bed bug, here's another pic ...
Kitchen Pests3/5/2014
  Q: I have a severe phobia of bugs. not spiders (although not really insects, I suppose), but anything ...
  A: Ashley, You are describing a carpet beetle and they are very common pests in homes. You are not ...
styroform worms1/21/2014
  Q: I have a 30 inch grade beam under my house. It has 2 inch styrofoam on the inside of the concrete ...
  A: Lloyd, I would guess carpenter ants as they will construct nests in insulation foam. Does the ...
Tiny Bugs In Kitchen Sink1/12/2014
  Q: Like a woman asked you before, I also have very tiny bugs that seem to love my white kitchen sink. I ...
  A: Could be one of the bird mites so take a look at this page ...
rat mites12/16/2013
  Q: I had a rat infestation that was solved by closing entry points to the house and trapping the rats. ...
  A: Pam, General cleaning and washing of clothing/bedding is the best treatment for these mites (see ...
wasp11/21/2013
  Q: I have been fighting wasp in my basement for a couple of weeks now, and I have no idea where they ...
  A: Richard, You might be dealing with one of the species that builds nests in association with heated ...
unknown bugs11/10/2013
  Q: I am having problem with these tiny bugs(I don't know it is bug or flea or mite or anything..).They ...
  A: Htwe, Yes, post a picture if possible. Your description could fit a number of different things. The ...
tiny white worms in sunflower seeds11/9/2013
  Q: Jack I buy black oil sunflower seeds for the wild birds. I store them in large glass jars. The ...
  A: Pat, These are probably meal moth larvae (moth) but could also be meal worm larvae (beetle). If you ...
Mites in the kitchen?11/7/2013
  Q: I have a problem with what I think are mites in my kitchen. I'm hoping that you might be able to ...
  A: Alan, These are called oribatid mites. They are very common in leaf litter, moss, and even in the ...
Hornets Indoors11/6/2013
  Q: I live in a NYC apartment building and during the last week or two I have seen @ 12 hornets inside ...
  A: Mary, As you point out these wasps will die with the cold weather so your best option may be to ...
Bed bug help?10/26/2013
  Q: I noticed a bed bug last night on my child's blocks in her room (just one). And, my wife noticed one ...
  A: Dustin, Are you certain that what you found was a bed bug? It would be very unusual to find bed ...
Roaches10/4/2013
  Q: We have lived in our house for about 2 years now, it was totally gutted and bombed before we moved ...
  A: Amber, The best way to control cockroaches is also the safest and it is less expensive than hiring ...
sugar ants9/30/2013
  Q: Help! I just don't know what to do anymore. I've tried the terra poisoning, I've laid out cinnamon ...
  A: Mary, The best way to control ants is with baits, not sprays. It sounds like your infestation is ...
Drywood Termite Swarm!9/25/2013
  Q: I really hope you can help me, been scouring the internet with no luck, just a few simple questions. ...
  A: These do sound like winged termites but there are several different species including drywoods. My ...
Serious infestion in backyard9/16/2013
  Q: We have a major infestion that makes our backyard unusable. We live in Tucson, AZ and had a small ...
  A: Shelly, The only thing that fits this description is springtails (see ...
Mites from Nest9/9/2013
  Q: First let me explain the history of the problem. In mid July my husband started getting little tiny ...
  A: Angie, I think what you are experiencing may have started with bird mites but is now something ...
Household pest in Corona Del Mar,CA9/8/2013
  Q: My name is Dan White and I have a growing pest issue. The pests, which we cannot identify, seem to ...
  A: Dan, This is a weevil, possibly a grain or seed weevil. These weevils infest whole grains like ...
tiny white/yellow mites9/5/2013
  Q: I have had this on going problem with mites from searching they appear to be mould mites very small ...
  A: Joanne, The mold mites (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mold_mites.html for a picture) are also ...
Roaches9/3/2013
  Q: I've had a consistent problem with roaches--finding 1 or 2 a month, especially in warm weather after ...
  A: Ron, In warm climates like S. Cal. cockroaches can live outside but more often roaches are confined ...
flying lice8/25/2013
  Q: They are small and look like specks, I think they start off white then turn black once they get into ...
  A: Harsha, Lice don't have any wings so it must be something else. Here's a list of insects and mites ...
fleas fleas and ... sadly more fleas8/18/2013
  Q: So, part of our household went to Missouri over the summer when we came back our house was over run ...
  A: Jeannie, The best treatment for fleas is to first treat the host animals (your dogs in this case) ...
fleas in bathtub8/11/2013
  Q: I have a very similar problem to one posted by Lynn 5/23/2010- fleas in my bathroom and especially ...
  A: e, It is common for fleas to carry over from one tenant to the next in apartments if the previous ...
booklice on musical instrument!!8/9/2013
  Q: I sincerely hope you can help me, I live in a small flat in London UK and we have a problem with ...
  A: Jade, Since booklice feed on mold they usually indicate excess moisture. They won't damage your ...
silverfish7/30/2013
  Q: We have a house in San Diego maybe 5 miles from the Pacific. We've always seen quite a few spiders ...
  A: Theo, Silverfish are very common especially in damp climates. While they can damage paper it does ...
Refinishing an antique couch7/28/2013
  Q: I recently acquired an antique couch I intended to refinish. I was removing the upholstery when I ...
  A: Victoria, Where was the couch before you got it (city/state)? See the map on this page ...
foreign pesticide migration7/26/2013
  Q: I am really glad I found you to answer my question. A number of years ago my mother and father moved ...
  A: Catherine, The strong smell of older generation insecticides was often the "carrier" rather than ...
Paper Wasp Nest7/25/2013
  Q: I have a small paper wasp nest with visible cells about the diameter of a quarter hanging near my ...
  A: Bill, A small paper wasp nest can be safely knocked down as you describe. You can do it during the ...
Help!7/24/2013
  Q: Sacramento, CA There's this bug that recently has infested my bathroom. I haven't found it anywhere ...
  A: Susy, This is a beetle, possibly one of the so called "stored product beetles" such as the ...
bell hornets7/6/2013
  Q: i have a bell hornets nest under my porch, which is an enclosed area. they are coming and going ...
  A: David, This can be very difficult since you don't have access to the nest, to treat it directly, ...
Worm or caterpillar?6/30/2013
  Q: I live on the ground floor of my apartment building and have begun noticing these small, fuzzy worm ...
  A: Rachel, Can you get a closer more magnified image? I can't see much detail in the individual ...
ants6/28/2013
  Q: I have sugar ants in my family room. I have 3 kids and a dog, but we are very clean. No one eats ...
  A: Jill, Ants that invade houses often nest in the walls and ceiling rather than outside in the soil. ...
Bed bug??6/26/2013
  Q: "I saw this speck moving on the top of my bed. It is brownish, flat and tiny (1mm). Could this be a ...
  A: Jess, These are not bed bugs. These are called psocids or booklice (not related to true lice and do ...
Dirt Dauber Wasps6/23/2013
  Q: We have a front porch post that seems to attract dirt daubers. We have sprayed it numerous times & ...
  A: Gayle, I want to make sure we are talking about the same insects. Mud daubers (dirt daubers) are a ...
Bugs !!!!6/20/2013
  Q: I left some clothes on my floor for 2 weeks and when I went to put them away there were brown 2 cm ...
  A: I can't see a lot of detail but I think this is the larva of one of the dermestid beetles, possibly ...
Indoor insects6/19/2013
  Q: I was wondering if you could identify this bug for me it's an indoor bug attracted to light and it ...
  A: Emlea, The image is a little blurry but it looks like either a cigarette beetle or closely related ...
termites6/13/2013
  Q: I live on the top floor of a 3 story apartment complex and I've lived here for a few years. However ...
  A: Sharon, This does not sound like a normal termite situation. Take a look at these pages ...
How to determine competence of "exterminator"?6/11/2013
  Q: My parents' condo in South Florida has been infested with drywood termites since they moved in 15 ...
  A: Judith, What you describe is definitely not a "competent" treatment for drywood termites (see ...
Human fleas?6/7/2013
  Q: About 2 years ago my daughter had a friend spend the night. Unbeknownst to me, her family was ...
  A: Steph, Have you tried to capture any and get them identified? Use a damp cotton swab (Q-tip) to ...
spiders6/5/2013
  Q: ... So there are there little brown spiders that are about the size of a golden dollar... They keep ...
  A: Jeannie, The best way to eliminate any of the wandering-type spiders in homes is with sticky traps, ...
ant trap6/3/2013
  Q: I have put ant traps down for years and had the same thing happen last year but not in previous ...
  A: Shell, Can you post a picture of the ants? Also, take a look at this page ...
Tiny brown bugs5/31/2013
  Q: Everytime I go outside and sit for a bit I come in and there are these brown bugs crawling on my ...
  A: Ashley, I can't see any detail in the image but from your description they might be clover mites. ...
carpenter bees5/30/2013
  Q: My red cedar soffits are being drilled by carpenter bees. The 3rd floor in very high so difficult ...
  A: Jay, Unfortunately I don't think traps will be effective in this case, see ...
Termites/wool moths5/29/2013
  Q: We have BOTH termites and wool moths here in St Petersburg Florida. Will tenting for the termites ...
  A: Charlene, Tenting and fumigation for structural pests should kill all insects in the structure ...
Dead ants after exterimation5/20/2013
  Q: We had ants in the kitchen here and there, so an exterminator came to our house (which we bought in ...
  A: Ross, My guess is these originated from inside the house. The spraying seemed to be somewhat ...
Small Holes In Clothing5/17/2013
  Q: Recently my mom has been finding multiple holes in her clothing, she has a front loading washer ...
  A: Penny, Clothes moths are the "usual suspects" in insect-made holes in clothing. However, holes made ...
Could you identify this insect for me please?5/8/2013
  Q: I have seen several of this insect in my newly renovated room. I live very close to a mountain with ...
  A: Valerie, This looks like a beetle but I can't see enough detail to id further. Can you get a ...
Another Tropical Rat Mite Question5/7/2013
  Q: Six weeks ago, I moved into a 1940's four unit apartment, second floor. They had just tented the ...
  A: Janet, The mites that live in rodent and bird nests (bird mites/rodent mites/nest mites) can't live ...
suspicion of mites5/6/2013
  Q: Mr. DeAngelis, About 5 days ago, I was sitting in my living room and I smelled an awful, almost ...
  A: Joan, I'm guessing you are concerned about so called bird mites (also called nest mites, rodent ...
Tiny, Grey Bugs5/1/2013
  Q: I live in central Arkansas, and as of just recently (last night) I've been seeing tiny, grey insets ...
  A: Catherine, These could be mold mites, also called grain mites. These mites feed on mold and as such ...
Lavea4/30/2013
  Q: Can you tell me what these are they are all through my whole house and clothes and bedding even my ...
  A: Danielle, Can you describe these? What I see is a large fuzzy ball with some "specks" that seem to ...
Bug Identity?4/26/2013
  Q: Can you please identify the bug in these photos? It was found on a cream-colored chair near a window ...
  A: Benjamin, Some characteristics in this photo resemble mites but not the bird/rodent/nest mites (see ...
Small oval dark brown bug with jagged markings4/25/2013
  Q: Good afternoon, I found this bug this morning, i am unsure if it came off of me or if it was already ...
  A: Krista-lee, This is not a bed bug, it is a varied carpet beetle. See ...
just moved in, seeing bugs4/18/2013
  Q: it's very hard to see what they really look like. I did watch one as it crawled all the way across ...
  A: TSH, There are no pheromone traps for carpet beetles and most carpet beetle infestations are found ...
remedy for pigeon mite human infestation (D. Gallinae or simular)4/15/2013
  Q: DeAngelis When humans contract a bird mite infestation that causes hard, crusty, imflammd., ...
  A: Anthony, There are several mites that infest animal nests (rodents and birds) that will bite ...
Termites in bathtub4/14/2013
  Q: Mr. DeAngelis, Recently, on two separate occasions we have found hundreds of dead and a couple of ...
  A: Sharon, When you find large numbers of winged termites indoors it is probably an indication of an ...
termites4/11/2013
  Q: 1. In attic construction today, do construction materials repel and/or kill termites? 2. When ...
  A: Michael, Please limit your question to a single topic, many Experts here will reject multi-topic ...
Dark brown beetle infestation in our home4/8/2013
  Q: I am live in a 3 story townhouse and two weeks ago I started noticing dead beetles accumulating on ...
  A: Dave, The images are too fuzzy to be certain but the shape from the side view looks like a ...
Tiny dark bugs, dk brn w/ light speckles4/5/2013
  Q: I've lived in this part of S. Calif. for over 25 yrs and have never seen these. They appear to be ...
  A: Glenn, Normally with a question like this I'd say "please post a picture of your bug in a ...
small black bugs3/23/2013
  Q: there are small black bugs in my house. I've seen them since 3-4days ago, and I saw about 5 of them ...
  A: Stacy, Did you intend to send this to one of the other experts? These are grain weevils. The larvae ...
Drywood termite infestation Naples, Fl3/15/2013
  Q: I have extensive drywood termites in a five yr old kitchen in a condo in Naples. Today all wood is ...
  A: Anita, Like other social insects (ants, social wasps, termites) drywood termites need an intact ...
Unknown Brown Pellets3/10/2013
  Q: I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I have noticed a pile of small (approx. 2mm diameter), light ...
  A: Bob, I think you are right that these are not drywood termite pellets nor are they eggs (too big). ...
crawling insects on me and daughter3/7/2013
  Q: My daughter and I have been having crawling bugs on us that we can't see. This started after we ...
  A: Bev, There are very few insects and mites that bite people but many things that can mimic bug ...
bug in my studio3/6/2013
  Q: I will attach a photo of the bugs. I kill one or two every night ... they or usually on the wall... ...
  A: Nedim, This is a silverfish or firebrat (see ...
Strange spots (insect feces?) keep appearing. What is it?2/19/2013
  Q: For a couple of weeks now I have been finding these clusters of dried spots around the floor in my ...
  A: Kyle, These could be from cockroaches. If you live in a multifamily apartment complex control can ...
small brown bugs on paper towels2/17/2013
  Q: What can be done to stop the arrival of more small (about the size of a flax seed, but a bit rounder ...
  A: Jo, I'd need to see a picture to be certain but these might be one of several species of dermestid ...
random beetles ON ME2/4/2013
  Q: There's drugstore beetles popping up on my soafas & light fixtures a few time on me! ! I really ...
  A: Jeanne, Drugstore beetles can be very common in homes and usually indicate an infestation in some ...
wood boring beetle1/31/2013
  Q: Jack, I have a finished oak dresser that is 10 years old. Over the past year, I have noticed mounds ...
  A: Gwen, Excellent photos. These are almost certainly exit holes from powderpost beetles. Oak ...
Unknown bug1/30/2013
  Q: We live in nothern Indiana. This fall/winter we have occassionally been finding this bug (picture ...
  A: If it looks like the insect in the photo at http://www.livingwithbugs.com/boxelder.html then it was ...
Mystery Bug1/21/2013
  Q: Good Afternoon Dr. DeAngelis...I hope you can help with a problem that is of real concern to me. My ...
  A: Jay, Can you post a photo? If not I can only suggest collecting a few and having them examined ...
DRAIN FLIES1/13/2013
  Q: I live in an apt. building and have a problem with drain flies that seem to congregate by the front ...
  A: Donna, I think it is too cold in NH at this time of the year for drain flies to survive outside. ...
Bites at nite1/8/2013
  Q: My daughter and I are getting bit at nite. I've sprayed for bed bugs and bombed for bed bugs. I ...
  A: Brian, With all you have done I doubt very much that insects or mites are involved. In fact very ...
Ant like winged bug that jumps1/2/2013
  Q: I've seen this question asked twice now but here goes another, This bug looks like an acrobat ant, ...
  A: Nik, If you can't post a picture can you capture one? The only way to be certain about an id is to ...
Tiny brown bugs1/1/2013
  Q: We have noticed an increasing number of these bugs in the upstairs of our house. They are mainly in ...
  A: Liz, These are beetles but not powderpost beetles (woodworm). The images are too small for a ...
Tiny black things in kitchen12/31/2012
  Q: We found these tiny black specks on our kitchen floor after being out of town. Then I found more on ...
  A: Lindsay, I can't see these clearly enough to id. Can you get a closer picture? Are you finding ...
strange material on drywall with some tubing12/22/2012
  Q: DeAngelis. About a week ago, my wife and I discovered that we had a leak in our aquarium in the ...
  A: Ryan. I don't think this is mold. The texture and pattern looks more like termite shelter tubes ...
Wood eating bug droppings12/16/2012
  Q: I'm writing to you in hope of identifying what type of bug/beetle might be inside of my furniture. ...
  A: Renee, Drywood termites make the type of pellet you describe, see ...
Spiders, Termites, & Rats, Oh My12/8/2012
  Q: I have been hit with triple trouble this year: spiders, rats, termites. I live in South Eastern ...
  A: Brian, Sticky traps are the best way to control spiders in homes (see ...
bird/rodent mites12/5/2012
  Q: I have been experiencing bites all over my upper body for over 2 months now, this only happens when ...
  A: Lyssa, The pictures did not get posted. Take a look at ...
Small brown bugs in bedroom11/19/2012
  Q: I've found a couple small brown bugs, oval shaped, which don't appear to have wings- one was found ...
  A: Katherine, The image is a bit too small and dark to be certain (try these suggestions ...
book lice11/13/2012
  Q: I wrote to you a few days ago but now have a positive diagnosis of booklice from 2 different ...
  A: Susan, Temperature should not make much difference. The important point is to maintain the area as ...
Tiny bugs crawling on my floor11/11/2012
  Q: I had a flood from the air conditioning system 2 months ago which caused some of the parquet floor ...
  A: Susan, Can you post of picture of these bugs? I can't tell from your description what these are. ...
termite barriers11/7/2012
  Q: Foam board is to be applied to the exterior of a section of a Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) wall from ...
  A: John, Pressure-treated wood or metal are the usual termite barriers between the foundation and sill ...
Wasps in Chimney.10/27/2012
  Q: My new tenants want to use a tiny gas fireplace, but there is almost certainly a wasp nest inside ...
  A: Greg, I think the safest approach would be to temporarily seal the bottom with rags then treat from ...
Are these bed bugs?10/22/2012
  Q: I recently moved into a new apartment and my company provided me with a matress and bed (I teach ...
  A: Kyle, These are not bed bugs (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for picture of bed ...
little black bugs10/20/2012
  Q: ok i was reading 1 of your other black bug thing it was called tiny black bugs you side they were ...
  A: Briteny, This is a beetle. The image is to dark to be certain of the species but it could be one ...
red and black flying bugs10/19/2012
  Q: These bugs dont bite but they are all over my house . I cant even open the patio door because they ...
  A: Andrea, If you post a picture I'd be certain but these sound like box elder bugs (see ...
saw dust in dressers in the dominican republic10/17/2012
  Q: i am a local exterminator. one of my customer has a home in the dominican republic he ask me a ...
  A: Mark, If the saw dust is very fine it is likely from some kind of powderpost beetle. There are many ...
Frass on kitchen counter10/5/2012
  Q: We are experiencing something on the kitchen counter every morning. There is one spot/instance of a ...
  A: John, If you remove the gray/brown spot does it reappear in the same place the next day? Have you ...
booklice9/28/2012
  Q: Last Friday, I found an infestation of booklice on a bag of rice which was sitting on my kitchen ...
  A: Will, Booklice are very common and finding a few is no reason for concern. They are completely ...
silverfish9/27/2012
  Q: do silverfish leave a silvery trail on the carpet?
  A: Danielle, No. Silverfish are usually seen on walls and they don't leave trails (see ...
little brown bugs that fly9/26/2012
  Q: How do I get rid of 1/10th inch plain brown bugs that fly out of my kitchen and bathroom? They were ...
  A: Linda, I'd need a picture to id these but they could be one of the beetles that infest stored foods ...
big spiders in house9/17/2012
  Q: In the past couple of weeks, I've seen a large spider, usually dark brown, every day either in the ...
  A: Dee, The mulch, deck or dampness probably are not the cause of the spiders. Male spiders are more ...
very tiny black bug in home9/15/2012
  Q: I open my my cupboard where my pots and pans are stored and I noticed on the floor these very tiny ...
  A: Marguerite, These don't sound like insects. Your best option is to collect a few (use a damp Q-tip) ...
Phorid Flies9/2/2012
  Q: About a year ago, phorid flies (they were identified by a entomologist) entered my home through an ...
  A: Carol, Phorid flies can develop inside drain pipes or may indicate a leak in a drainage line. If ...
small white worms/larve8/29/2012
  Q: I went into our basement tonight and thought I saw white rice under an old sofa (made of dirty wool ...
  A: Alan, This is a fly larva (maggot). Flies of this type are often associated with decomposing ...
What to do to get rid of these Hornets8/28/2012
  Q: I am having a problem with bell hornets at night. When getting out the car at night to come in the ...
  A: "Bell hornets, also called European hornets or giant hornets, can be aggressive and this defensive ...
Springtail, thrips or bird mites8/26/2012
  Q: Recently, I noticed little jumpers I thought were fleas but found out by NC State entomologist that ...
  A: Rhonda, There's a lot of parts to your question but here's some info that might be useful: Despite ...
bugs in house8/22/2012
  Q: we have little black bugs in our house. They actually are the size and color and shape of mouse ...
  A: Monica, These are dermestid beetles, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for info ...
asian roaches-central florida8/21/2012
  Q: The short version...Our neighbors in a house next to us moved out almost two months ago leaving ...
  A: Jackie, Asian cockroaches can be severe pests in the southeastern US. Unlike most cockroach ...
Pinhead sized bug Bites8/16/2012
  Q: My daughter and I have tiny pinhead sized bug bites in clusters on our hands, stomach, back, & on my ...
  A: Lisa, There are only a few bugs that actually bite people, see ...
Unidentifiable bug bites8/14/2012
  Q: I have been getting some bug bites for a couple of months now that I cannot identify and would love ...
  A: Kate, I really don't think these are bug bites. There are only a few insects and mites that ...
Hummingbirds v.s bell hornets8/10/2012
  Q: I have a lot of bell hornets attacking the hummingbird feeders so they drive away the hummingbirds ...
  A: Ivy, You'll probably need to change the type of feeder rather than control the hornets. My wife (my ...
3 different bugs - all in my bed or on me!8/6/2012
  Q: Jack, I read through all your other answers just to check if any of these bugs have been identified ...
  A: Jo, Image #1 did not get posted. I think only 2 images can be posted per question. Both #2 & #3 are ...
bug in bedroom8/5/2012
  Q: I found this, I hope you can identify it for me. Is it a bed bug? I am going crazy looking all over. ...
  A: This is a weevil, possibly one of the root weevil species. These beetles often enter homes but they ...
What is this insect?8/3/2012
  Q: I just moved into a new apartment and I keep finding these tiny black or brown bugs in my baby's ...
  A: Kaleen, I can't see much detail in the images but from your description I think this is one of the ...
Hornet/Wasp Problem8/1/2012
  Q: We recently purchased a house and have been living there for a week now. We first noticed a wasp ...
  A: Celena, Wasp numbers tend to fluctuate from year to year. Studies have shown that a warm, dry ...
bedbugs7/30/2012
  Q: I am currently going through a bedbug problem I was told it is a mild case and I was hoping you ...
  A: Shay, I think if you look through the articles starting on this page ...
Ants INSIDE and NOT outside7/28/2012
  Q: I have a problem with little ants gettin into our trailer and running all around our kitchen. I have ...
  A: John, Baits are the best way to control ants (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/ant_control.html ...
little black ants in bedroom7/24/2012
  Q: In the last few days I have noticed a small amount of little black ants near our bed. We live in ...
  A: Sam, Baits ("traps") are much better for eliminating ant nests than sprays. In fact sprays can ...
identify this bug and egg? is this bed bug?7/23/2012
  Q: DeAngelis, I live in Texas. I found some insects that they look like each other; 1.5 month ago I ...
  A: Alex, Excellent photography. Pic-1 appears to be a booklouse (psocid). Booklice are not related to ...
Noises in Walls7/22/2012
  Q: I live in Mississippi and I can hear noises coming from inside my walls. The noises are generally ...
  A: Brandon, Sounds like this at night usually are mice. If you have a crawl space under the house you ...
paper wasps in flue of fireplace7/21/2012
  Q: How do you go about killing the nest that may be in flue of fireplace . We have found a few wasps ...
  A: Chet, A smoky fire is the best way to destroy the nest as long as the flue is not plugged by the ...
bird mites7/19/2012
  Q: I've read some of the questions related to my problem on here and wanted to know what you thought of ...
  A: Kellie, Bird mites (aka nest, rodent, fowl, poultry mites) can survive for a time once the host ...
mites7/18/2012
  Q: We believe we have bird mites, the entire family is getting bitten. We've taken out the carpet, ...
  A: Cynthia, What you are describing sounds more like chigger mites (6 legs, red, hairs on legs), see ...
termites in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic)7/15/2012
  Q: We were advised this week by our caretaker that our 3rd floor condo has termites in it. They saw ...
  A: Marilee, In the tropics there are many more species of damaging termites than in the US, even in ...
Bird mites or spiderlings?7/13/2012
  Q: I live in London, England and for the last 4 weeks have been finding some tiny bugs in the front ...
  A: Giorgos, These are mites and appear to be in the same group as the mites commonly called bird ...
deer fly issues7/7/2012
  Q: I have a home in Monkton, Vermont.The Deer flys are really bad. So bad that we are considering ...
  A: Bill, I think you are doing about all there is to do. Unfortunately deer flies can be a severe pest ...
tiny black bugs on my bed7/6/2012
  Q: i have been finding a few (5-15)bugs on my bed from time to time. they are black,have an elongated ...
  A: Nathan, These are beetles but I can't see the image clearly enough to id beyond this. If you are ...
Burning Bush7/5/2012
  Q: Would you be able to help me please? Several of our burning bushes have begun to drop their leaves. ...
  A: Helen, Unfortunately a lot of things can cause these symptoms including insects, diseases and ...
Bed Bugs7/3/2012
  Q: Recently we found bed bugs in out couch. We steamed cleaned and then added Diatomeceous Earth on ...
  A: Angie, Any of the sprays that are approved for use in luggage will work (see ...
odd bug in savannah, georgia7/2/2012
  Q: I have found the same type bug/creature as Diane describes in her email except my critter sticks out ...
  A: Joanie, This is called a plaster bagworm. The larva lives inside a sack that it constructs from ...
Bites on scalp while sleeping6/30/2012
  Q: I have been getting bites on my scalp and hairline while sleeping on and off for months now. ...
  A: Nelle, Many allergies and environmental irritants can cause skin lesions that look exactly like bug ...
Wasps in my attic!6/25/2012
  Q: Every summer it is the same problem, but it seems to be getting worse over time. Wasps are in our ...
  A: Paula, Unfortunately I don't think the bug bomb will work. In fact these sprays are not really ...
Beetle I.D. please6/23/2012
  Q: Could you please tell us what type of bugs we have in our house and how to get them under control? ...
  A: Andy, The images are hard to see clearly but they could be either cigarette beetles or drugstore ...
tropical rat mites v bed bugs?6/22/2012
  Q: My husband and I have been going nuts for about 3 weeks with bites that are very itchy, and tend to ...
  A: Carmen, Except in the early stages of an infestation bed bugs are pretty easy to find. Check ...
Potential Powder Post Beetles?6/17/2012
  Q: I have a log (pine) home in Colorado (dry climate) which I believe may have powder post beetles. I ...
  A: Dan, The hole and boring dust are consistent with powderpost beetles but the age of the wood is ...
Clean Up After Professional Treatment6/14/2012
  Q: I recently had my home sprayed for roaches by a professional company. I had to remove all dishes ...
  A: Cathy, Sprays are not the best way to treat for cockroaches and it is unfortunate that the pest ...
chicken mites6/13/2012
  Q: I have a terrible problem with chicken mites in my car. My legs and arms look like a war zone. My ...
  A: Janey, These mites (bird, poultry, rodent, nest mites) won't survive for long once their host ...
Small bugs coming in through closed windows6/4/2012
  Q: For the past month or so we have noticed small bugs, dk brown under the window sill in our kitchen. ...
  A: Sandy, These sound like clover mites. Clover mites enter homes from outside. They feed on the ...
bees or wasps6/3/2012
  Q: i have bees or wasp flying all over my grass have managed to kill couple one has black & yellow ...
  A: Carol, Can you post a picture of the bees/wasps? Bees are usually somewhat "hairy" looking (see ...
Potential Termite Eggs?6/1/2012
  Q: Greetings, My name is Sean and I have found a very large amount of "eggs" in the basement. In part ...
  A: Sean, I'm not sure what you are describing but they are not termite eggs. Termite queens lays eggs ...
Cockroach or what?5/30/2012
  Q: This morning my wife called me up to the bathroom to investigate two insects she had found in the ...
  A: Andy, Without a picture it is hard to say for sure but it sounds more like a beetle than a ...
bed bugs outside?5/29/2012
  Q: I was recently with my family at a demolition derby (outside and it was about 92 degrees). We were ...
  A: Amy, I think it is very unlikely that this was a bed bug. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color (see ...
Clicking noise in walls.5/28/2012
  Q: I live in the first floor of a flat from either the 17th or 18th Century in the middle of Edinburgh. ...
  A: Caitlin, The only thing I can think of would be crickets. Very few insects make loud noises and ...
can cleaning coax ants out of their hiding places??5/26/2012
  Q: I have a severe ant phobia. I have ants in my kitchen. This isn't the first time it's happened, and ...
  A: Christine, I can help with the ants but I think your biggest challenge is to deal with the anxiety ...
Mysterious bites.5/25/2012
  Q: DeAngelis. I really hope you can help me. I live in an older home with four apartments on site. I ...
  A: Sabrina, From your description it sounds like you may be getting bites from rodent mites (also ...
Ant hills5/22/2012
  Q: for some reason I didn't see an option to ask a follow up question so I started a new one, sorry. ...
  A: Kristin, As I mentioned in an earlier answer Amdro (or similar) ant bait is the best option because ...
Ant Hills5/21/2012
  Q: I was mowing my lawn over the weekend and noticed a lot of ant hills in a small area, I'd say there ...
  A: Kristin, These don't really sound like ant hills. Ant nests are generally distributed further apart ...
tiny red biting swarming flying insects5/18/2012
  Q: Hey there, my fiance' tried to take a nap this afternoon, and couldn't stop itching. he finally got ...
  A: Mary, The image is a bit small to be certain but I think these are thrips (see ...
Weird egg like things on ceiling, and now worms in another spot...5/17/2012
  Q: I don't know if these are related or not, but as they both showed up on our living room ceiling ...
  A: Dawn, The tan-colored eggs are moth eggs from a moth that would normally lay these eggs outside but ...
birdmites5/13/2012
  Q: we have encountered a huge invasion of birdmites two years ago as the last landlord used to raise ...
  A: Saso, Bird mites (also called rodent mites and nest mites; see ...
Serious Flea Infestation5/11/2012
  Q: Okay so for the past few months we have been battling fleas in our home. The dogs have them. The cat ...
  A: Brie, This is very unusual. Fleas are normally very easy to control with modern flea medications ...
Could my tree have termites or other wood destroying insects?5/5/2012
  Q: I have a 75 yr old flowering cherry. Today I noticed one of the nodes that used to have a branch ...
  A: Michelle, The kind of termites you are talking about are called subterranean termites and their ...
Getting rid of high-rise mosquito5/2/2012
  Q: I'm hoping you can help! My husband and I live on the 6th floor of our condo building in SE ...
  A: Serena, Are you sure these are mosquito bites? Have you seen mosquitoes? There are a number of ...
Sprays/Powder4/28/2012
  Q: I just found out that, due to a problem with bedbugs in a nearby apartment, my unit had been treated ...
  A: Lindsay, The simple answer is it depends on what exactly was sprayed or applied. There is no ...
Springtails and Clover Mites4/23/2012
  Q: My question is actually about two kinds of bugs. The first being a springtail, Iíve had some issues ...
  A: Kristin, I've never had anyone describe springtails as "wandering" before, hopping, jumping, ...
Varied Carpet Beetle4/21/2012
  Q: I recently discovered carpet beetles in our home, both the bugs and the molted skin. I have found ...
  A: Christine, There's no need to do anything drastic, carpet beetles can be easily managed yourself ...
Ant problem4/18/2012
  Q: I have a problem with little black ants at specific places around my house- under electrical ...
  A: Beryl, Sounds like the ant population in the walls is large enough that Terro (boric acid) baits ...
fleas4/15/2012
  Q: I have indoor kitten who has fleas. I've tried the OTC treatments for her with absolutely no ...
  A: Michelle, The best way to control fleas is to treat both the pets and their bedding/home. Adult ...
odor after termite treatment4/14/2012
  Q: We had termite treatment about two weeks ago...the type where they put the holes with green caps ...
  A: Sherilyn, The "holes with green caps" sounds like termite bait stations. These would have no odor ...
Reddish black dot like bugs4/7/2012
  Q: Several days ago, my upstairs and downstairs neighbors told me they found black dot like bugs on the ...
  A: Aran, This is a clover mite. They are a type of spider mite and feed mainly on grasses. They are ...
Tiny ants ignore bait4/5/2012
  Q: I have ants that don't care for protein- or sugar- based baits, either commercial or DIY. They are ...
  A: Lisa, Some ants are very finicky about which baits they will accept. I'd stick with the commercial ...
What are tiny black flying bugs in house?3/29/2012
  Q: Last September, I started noticing tiny little black flying bugs in our house. Initially, they ...
  A: Lori, You've mentioned all the usual suspects (drain flies, fungus gnats, phorid flies, vinegar ...
unknown pest3/27/2012
  Q: we moved into a rental house in Palm Harbor FL and found some non legged creature kind elongated ...
  A: Eva, I think you are describing a plaster bagworm. If you post a picture I'd be able to confirm. ...
Ground bees?3/26/2012
  Q: I found the holes drilled in the dirt under my raised porch. There were lots of bees or wasp going ...
  A: Shannon, I can't see the insects clearly but these appear to be digger bees. Digger bees are ...
termites3/21/2012
  Q: We just had a termite inspection done here in kansas. He did not say we currently have termites and ...
  A: Landon, It is not necessary to treat for termites unless an active infestation is found. You are ...
nasty reoccuring eggs on ceiling3/19/2012
  Q: I noticed there was a black spot so I took a picture. 2 days later noticed another bigger spot. Upon ...
  A: Jina, These are moth eggs and tiny moth larvae. It is common for moths that get into houses to lay ...
carpet beetles3/14/2012
  Q: We found we had carpet beetles last year July 2011,we called out pest controll and they sprayed the ...
  A: Emma, I don't generally recommend pest control for carpet beetles. Carpet beetle infestations can ...
Lake Weevils3/10/2012
  Q: Our lake has milfoil, we are looking at introducing Aquatic weevils into our lake. My question is ...
  A: Robert, Biological control of any pest species can be extremely complex. In this case, while the ...
pest3/4/2012
  Q: I live in the city in a 2 story row house home. At night mostly i here something running around the ...
  A: Ramon, I'm not the rodent expert but this sounds like mice that have gotten into the walls and ...
dermanyssus gallinae2/20/2012
  Q: I am located in Adelaide, australia. There has been an outbreak of the subject mite in an area near ...
  A: Alex, This mite is one of a group of mites that are ectoparasites on birds and rodents (see ...
phorid fly infestation2/19/2012
  Q: Last year my home started showing up these beasts. I have exhausted every means of advise from pest ...
  A: Bill, Don't confuse phorid flies with drain flies (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/drain_fly.html ...
bug cocoon2/9/2012
  Q: I recently found several cocoons approximately 1/8" long, brown in color, hard to the touch with a ...
  A: Shannon, I'd need a picture to be certain but from your description I think you have either a small ...
sawyer pine beetle1/30/2012
  Q: I do have a infested pine tree close to my 40 yr old pine log cabin . This past fall the sawyer ...
  A: Chris, The pine sawyer won't infest the logs in your log cabin because they need live or recently ...
Bug Problem?1/26/2012
  Q: DeAngelis, I am assuming by apartment has a bug problem, but I'm not sure what bug is causing it. ...
  A: Wondering, Since the bites/irritation have stopped and you've not detected any bed bugs in your ...
oriental cockroaches and cat food?1/12/2012
  Q: I live on the top floor of a 2 family home. My neighbors live on the ground floor + furnished ...
  A: Amanda, ANY sources of food (wet or dry) and water will be attractive to cockroaches. Dry versus ...
Florida White Fly infestation1/9/2012
  Q: Happy New Year! I live in FL. The White Fly is swarming all over all trees here, all their leaves ...
  A: Rick, Severe whitefly infestations can cause defoliation and can stunt or even kill plants. Also, ...
cockroach problems1/4/2012
  Q: Jack, Thank you for your time. I have lived in my house for 10 years and never had much problem ...
  A: Tanya, It is much better to use baits for cockroaches rather than sprays. Sprays can be very toxic, ...
Tiny bugs found crawling on wall1/2/2012
  Q: I have recently found many tiny brownish bugs crawling on my bedroom's wall. They are of sizes ...
  A: Valerie, From your description I'd guess either grain mites (also called mold mites) or psocids ...
small white bugs in the bedroom carpet12/14/2011
  Q: We have found small white bugs under our bed in the carpet, they do not seem to be crawling up walls ...
  A: Charlie, These are probably grain mites, also called mold mites (see ...
Insects/bugs due to deconstruction next door?12/7/2011
  Q: I've lived in my apartment for 3 years, and it was only recently that I come across this problem I'm ...
  A: Rai, Your description sounds like a psocid or booklouse (if you post a picture I could confirm). ...
Something eating our clothes!11/26/2011
  Q: We live in Melbourne, Australia, and Iíve struck a problem Iíve never had before. We moved into a ...
  A: Lyn, This does not look like typical insect damage plus insects only rarely damage cotton cloth. ...
Cockroaches in Dishwasher11/24/2011
  Q: I just got a used portable, counter-top dishwasher. I brought it home & ran an empty load w/ bleach ...
  A: Ann, Baits are the best way to control cockroaches so your efforts so far are correct. See ...
Bed bugs via shipping packages11/16/2011
  Q: I (as I'm sure most other people) have been hearing a lot about bed bugs lately. I'm beginning to do ...
  A: Amy, Not very likely. Bed bugs occur in areas where people sleep. Since they can't fly, or move ...
RID-X Bugs11/12/2011
  Q: Today I found my laundry room infested with Drugstore Beetles. I went on line after I found the ...
  A: Tim, Drugstore beetles develop on a wide variety of organic material (see ...
Black round bugs coming from roof of camper11/6/2011
  Q: I live in Yukon (nice cold temperatures in winter) but I bought a camper from rainy Vancouver last ...
  A: Sheila, I'm sorry but I can't tell what the "lady bug" or the "tiny black slivers" are without a ...
Bug larvae? What are they?11/2/2011
  Q: In my spare bedroom we found these nasty little larvae crawling around in the sheets that haven't ...
  A: As suspected this is a dermestid beetle larva, also sometimes called carpet beetles. See ...
pests10/25/2011
  Q: We live in Phoenix and leave for the summer. This year when we returned home after being away for 5 ...
  A: Lazora, When you remove this material can you see a small hole in the ceiling where it was hanging? ...
Box Elder Bugs10/22/2011
  Q: Since the fall season began (I live in Wisconsin) I've been finding many dead Box Elder bugs by the ...
  A: Sarah, It is unusual for the bugs to die like this, normally they congregate on the exterior, sunny ...
Dropping or eggs?10/20/2011
  Q: I couldn't figure out how to respond to your answer I know this isn't the right way but I just ...
  A: Ashley, Ok, I'm pretty sure this is not insect frass of any kind because frass would not be sticky. ...
Droppings or Eggs around Electronics?10/18/2011
  Q: I have been going crazy with Mosquitos and then fleas (we have inside dogs) in our house. We live in ...
  A: Ashley, I think you are correct about the allergy. Most of the "mysterious bites" and itchiness ...
small bugs10/12/2011
  Q: Recently our backyard has been taken over by these small, brown bugs. They are crawling our ...
  A: Denise, I can't tell from the image what these are (too small). However, there are many small ...
small yellowish/white worms 1/4" long10/9/2011
  Q: These worms have infested my black sunflower seeds kept in a metal garbage can. They make the seeds ...
  A: Susan, Don't use the moldy seeds as they can make the birds sick. The worms are probably larvae of ...
wasps10/8/2011
  Q: we seem to have tons of wasps in our yard. We've tried eliminating places that they build their ...
  A: Lauren, The best method to get rid of wasps depends on which wasp you have in the yard. Have you ...
household worm10/1/2011
  Q: I am looking for info and possible response to this little worm that seems to work his way through ...
  A: Jim, This is a millipede (google "millipede" for more pictures). They are harmless scavengers that ...
Followup9/28/2011
  Q: I actually found a picture- and it looks like this ...
  A: Kim, This is a house centipede, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/centipede.html for another ...
Firebrat but with more legs problem9/27/2011
  Q: Wondering how to best get rid of a firebrat (or something like it- looks greyish brown and has lots ...
  A: Kim, I think you are describing a house centipede (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/centipede.html ...
a roach problem?9/26/2011
  Q: I have lived in the same apartment for 10 years and never had any real bug problem. Some spiders ...
  A: Tom, Cockroaches can be a problem in apartments, especially older buildings. See ...
flesh flies in my bathroom9/21/2011
  Q: Last month we were dealing with rats in the attic. We hired an exterminator who came and sealed all ...
  A: Tracy, I think you have analysed this pretty well. A dead animal in the walls or ceiling/crawlspace ...
maggots9/19/2011
  Q: Flies have laid eggs on my wolf fur pelt. How do I get rid of these before they grow without ruining ...
  A: Freezing for several days will kill any insects or eggs so this would be a good step if you have a ...
tiny bug w/ red legs9/16/2011
  Q: tiny bug looks greyish, with tiny red legs... round, flat, moves pretty fast for an itty bitty lil ...
  A: Quita, I'm sorry but I can't tell much without a picture. You said it was on you, did it bite? If ...
feces found in garage9/7/2011
  Q: I'm based in the UK and have found some feces in our garage and was wondering if you can help ...
  A: Ray, I'm not sure what I'm looking at. If these are mouse droppings I may not be the right person ...
Do carpet beetles feed on bed bugs?9/5/2011
  Q: Recently I have been getting a lot of bites, usually at night, on my elbows, hands, or arms. ...
  A: Ramona, Carpet beetles do not feed on bed bugs. Carpet beetles are very common in homes so if you ...
I can't find anymore?9/1/2011
  Q: I rent the basement at a family members home. Recently I woke up with bite marks in one area so ...
  A: Jessica, The "bite marks" you describe don't sound like bed bug bites which tend to look like bad ...
wasp8/28/2011
  Q: Wasps are getting into the attic under the eves. How to get rid of them?
  A: Bud, If there's a nest in the attic you don't want to seal off the entrance/exit through the eves ...
Millipede infestation7/23/2011
  Q: I live in the ground floor-extension of a house which backs onto a creek, in a neighbourhood visited ...
  A: Isabelle, I can't see any detail in the image (too small, too dark). However, from your description ...
very small brown/tan bug7/20/2011
  Q: i have found a few very small brown/tan bugs in my living room. I found them on a painted surface ...
  A: Anne, Your description sounds like sprintails (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/springtails.html ...
small brown House Ants7/18/2011
  Q: Jack, I live in Connecticut and recently have small brown house ants coming in thru the kitchen ...
  A: Bill, Spray insecticides don't work for these little ants (several different species). In fact ...
Wood destroying organism7/4/2011
  Q: I am a Sri Lankan and I have a problem with a wood destroying organism. All my doors and windows ...
  A: Isuru, The image did not get attached. However, from your description I think this is almost ...
Termite Control6/30/2011
  Q: I currently have an advanced termite system. The people before me had this product installed. I ...
  A: Andrew, You are far enough north that termites are not a severe problem and most people probably ...
wall infestations at window sills6/29/2011
  Q: I have a powdery substance around my window sills and wall puffiness underneath looks like a water ...
  A: Rella, I think you are right in that the problem is water rather than insects. You'll need to ...
Dropping question6/26/2011
  Q: We have been finding these "droppings" in our house that are black - most of the time we think ...
  A: Jessica, Where in the house are you finding these pellets? Are they in one room or scattered? My ...
what is this bug6/13/2011
  Q: I have seen these bugs in my house and they can be anywhere. They are black and about 1/4 inch ...
  A: Charlotte, Without a picture I'm only guessing but it sounds like a click beetle (family ...
cockroaches6/11/2011
  Q: I live in NY and i have a moderate to severe cockroach problem. A friend suggested I use boric ...
  A: G, Boric acid does not cause behavioural changes in insects. It is mainly a stomach poison, which ...
bird /rat mite6/10/2011
  Q: I have had an ongoing mite issue in two residences. At the first place, landlords tried drugs to no ...
  A: Tom, Before ditching the furniture and moving at least consider that these symptoms are not mite ...
bugs in bathroom6/9/2011
  Q: About once a day I find a small grey or silver bug in my bathroom that sort of glides away when I go ...
  A: Melissa, From your description I too would have said silverfish (see ...
Tiny Black Insects6/7/2011
  Q: I live in Queens, NY and I moved into my new place this year. It is on the 4th floor. When the ...
  A: Lyman, I can't see the insect in the image clearly enough to id but from your description I'd guess ...
bites at night. found the bug. can't find anymore evidence of other bugs.6/5/2011
  Q: I was bitten last night about 7 times in random places on my upper body. I woke up around 4am very ...
  A: Tisha, Without a specimen to examine, or a picture, it is impossible to say for certain what, if ...
paper wasp nest in 2 chimneys6/4/2011
  Q: We have a house with two chimneys and a cupola with a weather vane. We also have a water fountain. ...
  A: Margaret, I think smoking them out will work so long as you can build a smoky, hot fire. They ...
bugs in my cupboard6/1/2011
  Q: I have a red oval shape smoothsurface no visable legs or antennas but crawls bug in my food ...
  A: Rita, Can you post a picture? Your description does not match any of the insects that are usually ...
Black Spider/Tarantulas5/31/2011
  Q: I lived in Detroit, MI, in a single family house. My husband saw a black hairy 8 legs, ...
  A: Serita, I'm pretty sure there are no tarantulas in Michigan. What you probably saw was one of the ...
Bugs under skin5/24/2011
  Q: MY husband has bug bites all over arms look like flea and mesquito bites and 5 big bits on inside of ...
  A: Heather, These should be collected in some alcohol so they can be examined under a microscope. ...
Roach our a water bug5/23/2011
  Q: Is this a water bug or a roach? What can I do to get rid of them?
  A: Rae, I'm not sure what you mean by "water bug" but this is definitely a cockroach. Outdoors ...
Bugs in the house5/22/2011
  Q: Please help. I find lots of very very small catterpillars dark brown in my house. Some of them are a ...
  A: Gina, I'd need a picture to be sure but these sound like dermestid beetle (also called carpet ...
clover mites5/16/2011
  Q: We are in South Jersey and I believe we have tiny red clover mites taking over our front walkway. ...
  A: Barbara, Clover mites generally don't move across open areas like this so I think the first step ...
Hiring a pest control professional5/15/2011
  Q: Good morning Jack, Background: About 12 days ago, I heard a noise as though there was water running. ...
  A: Martha, I can't be very specific without knowing more details however I'll make some general ...
Indian Meal Moths in the ceiling5/9/2011
  Q: We have had ongoing outbreaks of Indian Meal Moths for the last several summers. Each year we clean ...
  A: Lindsey, Meal moths feed on a wide variety of course, relatively dry foods. They would not infest ...
Wasps in roof void making strange noises5/4/2011
  Q: Over the last 3 weeks, we've been hearing some strange rasping noises coming from the roof above our ...
  A: Mike, In my experience loud noises like this are generally mice/rodents rather than wasps or ...
Ants5/2/2011
  Q: I was wondering if you could advise me on ways to keep ant populations in my yard under control. ...
  A: Chris, Thanks for re-submitting the question. The best option for ants control in the landscape is ...
Spiders4/28/2011
  Q: I am hoping you can help me! We moved into a new house last October and seem to have TONS of ...
  A: Jamie, The small grass spiders are common this time of the year, and harmless. They will disappear ...
Mites in my bed?4/25/2011
  Q: For about the past two weeks, I've been itching while in my bed. I've also gotten bumps that look ...
  A: Melissa, The terms bird mites, poultry mites, rodent mites and nest mites all refer to a group of ...
Carpet Beetle4/24/2011
  Q: We have had a problem with Carpet Beetles and their larvae. We found the larvae behind the chairs in ...
  A: Karen, Carpet beetles (Dermestidae) are very common and finding a few is no reason for concern (see ...
Tiny black biting bug - New Hampshire4/23/2011
  Q: Yesterday I stripped the linen off my bed and was able to find what I believe to be tiny little ...
  A: Lisa, I can't tell from this description what these are. Could you capture a few (use a damp Q-tip) ...
Mosquito barrier spray pesticide question4/20/2011
  Q: Our mosquito problem is so bad that we have thought about using a barrier spray applied by a local ...
  A: Leslie, You didn't say where you live but I'm guessing the southeastern US since it is a bit early ...
help id bug4/19/2011
  Q: Is this a cockroach? If it is, it's the first I have seen any bugs at this apartment and I have been ...
  A: James, No. This is a cricket. The enlarged hind legs are the key characteristic that identifies ...
small brown bug w/ zigzag stripes4/17/2011
  Q: I have found a few of these small brown bugs in my bedroom, and am quite worried that they are bed ...
  A: Rose, This is definitely NOT a bed bug. It is a varied carpet beetle (see ...
House Bug4/15/2011
  Q: Just the past couple of days I have run into these tiny black hard shell bugs located on top of my ...
  A: Anthony, This looks like a weevil, probably one of the grain weevils. Grain weevils infest whole ...
holes in leather and fabric couches4/11/2011
  Q: Help, while vacuuming and dusting my couches, I noticed small holes (about 3-4) on the top of the ...
  A: Colleen, Did you find holes and sawdust in BOTH couches? Could you post a picture? How coarse is ...
small insects on my ceiling4/9/2011
  Q: Just recently my hubby and I noticed these small brown dirt trails on our ceiling.We took a knife ...
  A: Renee, This sounds like subterranean termites (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/termite.html for ...
unknown "droppings"? in kitchen drawer4/7/2011
  Q: We have noticed this in one of our kitchen drawers on three occasions. It is very localized to that ...
  A: Angela, Take a look at the map on this page http://www.livingwithbugs.com/drywood_termite.html and ...
worms in kitchen4/4/2011
  Q: Last summer I noticed tiny beige worms on the ceiling of my kitchen. It appears they are coming ...
  A: Amanda, This sounds like meal moth larvae, perhaps Indian meal moth (see ...
Odorous house ants-followup3/31/2011
  Q: Jack, this is a continuation of my question about the odorous house ants (the system wouldn't allow ...
  A: Ok, I'm still wondering about the apparent association with ground water but if you are determined ...
Odorous house ants3/29/2011
  Q: I live in Huntsville, AL, and I've been dealing with this problem for over 4 months now, since just ...
  A: Bruce, The odor from crushed odorous house ants is often described as rotten coconut. Does it smell ...
ants putting debris on bait3/24/2011
  Q: I've been putting down bait stations for an ant problem, after reading several answers on this site. ...
  A: Kathy, I've not seen this behavior before. My guess is the baits are being treated as foreign ...
Argentine ants3/24/2011
  Q: Hallo Jack, In my area (Subtropical Lowveld area in South Africa) have general problems with ...
  A: Stephan, Unfortunately I don't have any "magic bullets". Some people use a material called ...
Ants/Worms/??? in yard3/23/2011
  Q: I live in a wooded area and struggle to keep my yard(2 acre) healthy(alive). Each year it seems like ...
  A: Ken, Without a picture of the mounds, and some idea where you are located, I'm just guessing but ...
Tiny bugs everywhere in my flat!3/23/2011
  Q: ) I keep finding these tiny bugs everywhere! There are loads on the carpets and on window sills, ...
  A: Lydia, Thanks for including the picture. These are dermestid carpet beetles (see ...
Unidentified Insect3/23/2011
  Q: I found an insect about 0.2cm in length in my office (in Singapore) when it was crawling on my ...
  A: Nora, If you post a clear picture of your insect I may be able to help, however I'm not a expert in ...
Ants3/21/2011
  Q: I live in the Chicagoland, IL, suburbs in a residence on a slab foundation. For several years, I've ...
  A: Karen, There are several things that can cause baits to fail. The most common reason baits fail is ...
Bird mites3/19/2011
  Q: We had a positive ID for bird mites and our PCO recommended thermal treatment for our three story ...
  A: Candace, Unfortunately, I think what you have discovered is that bird mites were never the real ...
household worms3/18/2011
  Q: Jack, You responded to my question wanting to know more in info. I am unable to provide a pix. The ...
  A: Bob, There should be a "follow up" button so you don't have to post new questions each time. I ...
Bug feces3/16/2011
  Q: I have been having a problem with some sort of insect I believe. Over the last few days I have ...
  A: Holly, If you are finding this material on the kitchen counter it is definitely not from bed bugs. ...
Follow up regarding powderpost beetles3/15/2011
  Q: Jack, I was forced to ask a "new" question because of the number of follow ups. In answer to your ...
  A: Roger, As you say, who knows. At this point the best strategy is to keep an eye out for new ...
springtale3/15/2011
  Q: I have read information regarding springtale that they DO NOT bite humans nor spread disease. I had ...
  A: Al, Springtails (Collembola) do not bite nor do they spread disease, and they don't infest homes ...
What is this insect and should I be worried?3/14/2011
  Q: I'm a fellow AllExperts.com expert (screenwriting). I have a vacation home in Lake Arrowhead, CA. ...
  A: Roger, I can't see the details on the back well enough to be sure but it is either a stink bug ...
safe control of bugs3/14/2011
  Q: I think it's most likely carpet beetles, as I did a Google search and the pictures seem to look like ...
  A: Sarah, Both carpet beetles and clothes moths can do the kind of damage you describe (see ...
bird mites (dermanyssus gallinae)3/13/2011
  Q: I hope you can help me. I live in Melbourne Australia and about 3 weeks ago noticed some bites on ...
  A: Michele, Unfortunately, as you have found, there's a lot of misinformation on the Internet and this ...
powderpost beetles3/9/2011
  Q: I am interested in purchasing a 10year old home. The library is entirely wood (paneling, crown ...
  A: Nancy, Can you tell me what kind of wood the infested molding is made of, or at least is it a ...
Tick control3/8/2011
  Q: We live in an area with high tick problems. Three of our dogs and my husband have had very bad ...
  A: Diana, Sevin is an older, broad spectrum insecticide (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/sevin.html ...
carpet beetles?3/7/2011
  Q: I hope you can help me with my bug issue. First, you should know I am so squeamish about bugs that ...
  A: TH, There's two things going on here. The first is a fairly minor infestation of carpet beetles ...
Bird mites?3/5/2011
  Q: 18 months ago found a dead bird on bedroom carpet next to computer. About 6 to 12 months ago had ...
  A: Laura, I don't think this is related to bird mites (see ...
White worms3/2/2011
  Q: I am having an issue with white worms with a dark dot at either end. They slither out from under the ...
  A: Heather, These sound like a primitive fly larva, possibly a fungus gnat or drain fly. See ...
little crawling/flying bug3/2/2011
  Q: i have found lots of little beatle looking bugs tiny like a pencil point they crawl and jump and it ...
  A: Kelly, Could you post a picture; this description fits a couple of different critters? Also, tell ...
Bug Problem3/1/2011
  Q: My name is Jennifer & I live in Cleveland, Ohio. A few months ago, I noticed that every now & then ...
  A: Jennifer, Bug problems generally develop slowly over time so I suspect that these have been around ...
bird mites/chicken mites2/24/2011
  Q: Good Morning, I am wanting to ask a question in relation to what could be bothering my skin. Approx ...
  A: Simone, Lots of different things can cause the sensations you are experiencing (tingling, crawling ...
Tick control2/16/2011
  Q: We have had several bad problems with lyme disease here and need to spray for the ticks. I would ...
  A: Diana, The short answer is yes, many formulations of Sevin (carbaryl) are effective against ticks. ...
Small white pods with 'tentacle' extending/retracting from either end2/14/2011
  Q: I have found some small white pod/cylinder with a leg or 'tentacle' that extends/retracts from ...
  A: Mark, This is a type of clothes moth larva. The larva, or caterpillar, lives inside the case which ...
termites2/12/2011
  Q: I read that if soil is making contact with the bottom of a wall it can be easy access for termites ...
  A: Elsa, There are many different types of termites. Some require damp wood to survive and these can ...
silverfish2/11/2011
  Q: I have had my home treated 3 times for silverfish. now that the snow is melting I have started ...
  A: Betty, The main problem is probably the shake roof. If the roof is covered with moss, or some other ...
drain mites2/2/2011
  Q: I've had these pesky mites for a month now and nothing can get rid of them. I've had the pest ...
  A: Maria, Can you describe what you mean by "drain mite", this is not a common name I've heard before. ...
mosquitos1/30/2011
  Q: i stay in thailand now and this time of the year there are too many mosquitos that get into where i ...
  A: Jii, This is essentially a small UV "black" light with an electrified grid. In the US we call these ...
Small worm like bugs in apartment!!! Help!1/28/2011
  Q: I am hoping that you will be able to assist me with my little bug problem! I live in an apartment in ...
  A: Tanya, Does not sound like a newly hatched silverfish since these insects look like the adult in ...
Bed Bugs1/18/2011
  Q: DeAngelis, I live in New York City in an apartment with my parents. For a while, I guess I didn't ...
  A: David, I don't know the pest control companies in NYC so I can't make any specific recommendations. ...
Termite in fence1/17/2011
  Q: I know a part of my wooden fence has evidence of termite. (it's a 2 foot tall wooden fence sitting ...
  A: Philip, Termites probably won't be dispersed by removing the fence. By removing the fence you will ...
Yellowish spider on plant1/15/2011
  Q: I woke up and realized that there was an abundance of shedded skins around on my my plants, and then ...
  A: Ryan, Excellent picture. These are not spiders but rather small insects called aphids that feed on ...
redback spiders1/13/2011
  Q: I'm living in Australia. I found a male and female redback spider living on my bike a few days ago. ...
  A: Jon, Redback spiders are related to our black widow spiders, and I'm more familiar with this ...
Termite Infestation12/26/2010
  Q: I own a 26-unit apartment building in Los Angeles which has evidence of termites. The damage ranges ...
  A: Bob, These sound more like drywood termites rather than subterranean termites (see ...
Larvae12/23/2010
  Q: I was drinking hot chocolate the other night and I felt something solid on my tongue. It was a ...
  A: Christina, The picture is a bit too dark but there are a number of different insects that infest ...
termites in storage facility12/22/2010
  Q: I had my household goods stored in a self storage unit since 2004 in Southaven, MS. This past ...
  A: Kathy, Concrete and steel construction won't necessarily stop termites. Termites build a system of ...
Springtail bites or possible bedbugs?12/19/2010
  Q: I am perplexed by the mixed info on whether springtails bite and concerned that we may have bedbugs ...
  A: Karen, Springtails (Collembola) do not bite nor do they infest homes. They do enter homes on ...
insect in my home12/18/2010
  Q: I just moved into a house, found out a kind of insect on my kitchen & bathroom floor, close to my ...
  A: Jean, This appears to be a springtail (Collembola) not a flea (see ...
Bed Bug Control/Moving12/15/2010
  Q: I live in NYC. Lo and behold, some months ago I had new neighbors come in and starting noticing more ...
  A: Mary, Unfortunately bed bugs cause a lot of over-reaction because of the attention they have gotten ...
Fleas12/8/2010
  Q: I have been living in my condo for around 5 years without any pets and never a flea problem. ...
  A: Mark, What you describe is completely consistent with the flea life cycle. What you are seeing are ...
Bed bug bites?11/27/2010
  Q: Some time over the past 2 weeks I woke up feeling my elbows were a little itchy, and they were both ...
  A: Kahira, This does not sound like bed bugs (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for ...
biting midges, no-see-ums11/27/2010
  Q: How do I get rid of these "pests" (biting midges-no-see-ums) already all over inside my house, in my ...
  A: Linda, Have you captured any of the midges and had them identified? Biting midges don't normally ...
Tiny bugs in finished basement11/23/2010
  Q: I've got these tiny bugs in my finished basement. They look like a spec of pepper and measure about ...
  A: Tim, This is called a psocid or booklouse. They are not related to true lice and do not bite. They ...
tiny caterpillars/larvae?11/23/2010
  Q: I've been finding tiny critters that remind me of wolley bear caterpillars except that they are ...
  A: Elinor, I think you are describing carpet beetle larvae. See ...
Help, our rented house is full of bugs!!11/18/2010
  Q: I will provide you with a short history first. We moved into a rented property just over two months ...
  A: Linda, These are larvae of carpet beetles (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for ...
insects11/17/2010
  Q: I bought some rabbit food and now the bag is fulled with bugs/insects. looks like little flying ...
  A: Cyndi, I can't tell from your description what this is. Could you post a picture? If not, collect a ...
Bedbugs?11/11/2010
  Q: I'm hoping you can help me with a question I have about suspected bedbugs? I've not been bitten, (to ...
  A: Jasmine, I'll answer these questions in reverse order. You'd need freezing temperatures, similar to ...
Wood Infestation11/11/2010
  Q: Sorry I have not replied sooner but I have only just seen your reply on your website as I was ...
  A: The pest control company will probably want to drill into the wall and/or floor to inject ...
Biting bugs in November11/10/2010
  Q: "Surry/North Carolina/US We had a rather cold end of week last week and weekend with highs in the ...
  A: Jessica, Mosquitoes can still be present even after frost and colder weather sets in, just not as ...
roaches/nymphs/palmetto bugs11/8/2010
  Q: I replaced my pest control company because I kept finding theses small, triangular bugs in my ...
  A: Maria, If you post a picture of the "triangular bugs" I may be able to confirm the id. Palmetto ...
Unknown Insect11/4/2010
  Q: I rented a house 6 months ago and from time to time i found this insect (pictures attached) crawling ...
  A: Moustafa, There are many different insects that fit this description and the picture is not clear ...
Wood and Brick Infestation11/4/2010
  Q: I live in Marbella , southern Spain and I have an apartment in my basement of my villa which the ...
  A: Paul, The branching structure in the photo looks like a "shelter tube" made by subterranean ...
Yellow Jacket Wasps in Fireplace11/1/2010
  Q: I have had an issue with wasps coming into my home through my one fireplace. I have had ...
  A: Jenny, At this time of the year fertilized wasp "queens" are abandoning their nests and looking for ...
Wasp in chimney/siding11/1/2010
  Q: I have a new house, purchased last November. I had wasps in the chimney last year. Bunch dropped ...
  A: Stacy, They could in fact be paper wasps. They are probably looking for a place to spend the ...
dust mites10/31/2010
  Q: It looks like a small white dust mite under the glass on the screen of my game boy, could this be ...
  A: Maureen, This is probably not a dust mite. Dust mites are very small and difficult to see without ...
Is this a roach?10/28/2010
  Q: I live in a large apartment complex and I suspect my neighbors have roaches. This scared me to death ...
  A: Jenn, I can't be certain because the image is too blurry but the shape is not right for a roach. ...
Tiny White Bugs10/27/2010
  Q: I have these tiny white bugs, they seem to be crawling on everything Plastic in general, i have even ...
  A: Ackleema, These sound like mold mites, also called grain mites. They feed on mold so are common ...
wasps10/26/2010
  Q: I live in north Texas. Every year, I have wasps flying around my chimney and in the chimney. I can ...
  A: Linda, The wasps are probably nesting between the outside of your metal chimney pipe and the ...
Fleas in Drain10/25/2010
  Q: I work at an apartment complex and we have a downstairs apartment that has fleas (confirmed by a ...
  A: Sherry, While the apartment may have fleas I don't think the source is the drains. Fleas don't come ...
Worms10/21/2010
  Q: I have worms in my house which look a bit like woodworms they are yellowish with little black heads, ...
  A: Veronika, These are not woodworms since woodworms never leave the wood that they live in until they ...
Drain Flies10/19/2010
  Q: Good morning. I live in a one year old basement apartment and for the past 2 months we have a ...
  A: Esther, Have you captured any of the flies and had them identified? Are you certain they are drain ...
house flies10/16/2010
  Q: Is it possible for house flies to deposite their eggs away from a food/water source? If yes, what ...
  A: Loren, House flies lay eggs in rotting animal and vegetable matter as well as manure (see ...
Bed Bugs Were Confirmed & Treated, Still Getting Bite Marks.10/15/2010
  Q: We live in Philadelphia, and after a trip my husband took, we had confirmed bed bugs in late June ...
  A: Kim, Bed bug infestations are generally pretty easy to detect except in the very earliest stages. ...
bug droppings10/15/2010
  Q: just wondering I live in Duchess county,NY I keep finding tiny black dots on our cars the car wash ...
  A: Andrea, If you park under trees these could be from aphids but it really sounds more like some kind ...
Australian Cockroaches10/12/2010
  Q: Sorry about the length, I'm leaving it, but here's a briefer version first: SW Florida w/Australian ...
  A: Jose, I don't think fogging will be very effective for cockroaches. Baiting is definitely the best ...
unidentified tiny cream bugs10/11/2010
  Q: I moved into a new house in the summer. over the past month it has become apparent that we have ...
  A: Jo, This is an excellent description of mold mites, also called grain mites (see ...
Re-Occurring Fly Problem10/11/2010
  Q: We moved into a new office building 3 years ago (it is a new build and we are its first occupiers) ...
  A: Liz, Have you had the flies identified? Once we know what kind of flies you have I'll be able to ...
Fleas10/8/2010
  Q: I have the same problem as the lady in the pet-free house finding fleas in her bathroom. I am very ...
  A: Stephanie, The best place to take a sample is the Harris Co. Cooperative Extension office ...
fleas in car10/7/2010
  Q: How do I eradicate fleas from my car without poisoning my family? Thanking you in advance...
  A: Kathy, Are you sure these are fleas? Unless an animal is kept in the car I think it is unlikely ...
kitchen mystery cocoon10/5/2010
  Q: I was washing out my sink today and when I reached for the sink plug, I found there was a cocoon ...
  A: Constantina, I can't tell from the description what this was. However, it does not sound like any ...
bed bugs and family pets10/5/2010
  Q: Will my dog and cat's Frontline Plus protect them from bed bugs?
  A: Kathy, Dogs and cats are not natural hosts of bed bugs (we are) so I don't think they will be ...
Bit twice over two weeks. Apt. Very sharp pain10/1/2010
  Q: I was bitten twice in my new apartment in NYC over the last two weeks. The second time, I managed ...
  A: Mike, I can't see it clearly enough for an id but the wings look like some kind of moth. Since ...
small larvae in my black sunflower seeds outside10/1/2010
  Q: i found yesterday that my bag of black sunflower seeds is infested in very very tiny little larvae. ...
  A: Julie, I think what you are describing is springtails (Collembola) rather than insect larvae (do ...
I thought I had bed bugs...9/29/2010
  Q: I thought i had bed bugs, due to the 30 or so bites that I have.(which all got there in one night) ...
  A: Melissa, I can't tell for sure without a picture but your description sounds like a larva of a ...
paper wasps/honets nests9/29/2010
  Q: we have two rather large hornets nests in one of the trees in our yard(paper like nests). at least ...
  A: Sharon, What state do you live in? Do you get freezing temps in winter? Unless you are in a warm ...
stink bugs9/27/2010
  Q: the name for these bugs that I have on my porch, stink bugs. They have a nest on my porch and I have ...
  A: CJ, I'm not sure what you mean by "nest" in this case. Stink bugs don't make nests in the usual ...
multi legged bugs9/26/2010
  Q: I just found a half dozen little beetle looking bugs in my bathroom. With the naked eye, they are ...
  A: Sue, What you've described is the larva of a dermestid beetle. See ...
insects in table9/25/2010
  Q: I have bought this antique dinning table about 4 years ago. I'm using it as a desk. Last few weeks, ...
  A: Jiyoung, The insects are too small for me to be certain but I think the beetle is either a ...
bedbugs and termites9/22/2010
  Q: I will be traveling soon to Hawaii. My biggest fear is to sleep on a bed that has bed bugs or even ...
  A: Elsa, Could you post the termite question into a separate question (just cut and paste)? It will ...
crawling (worklike) in Kitchen9/20/2010
  Q: Jack, I have these crawling (wormlike) pests in my Kitchen that appeared about a month ago after I ...
  A: Joe, These sound like meal moth larvae. The dark-colored flying insect is the adult moth. See ...
Noseems9/20/2010
  Q: This is truly, truly, truly a CRY for HELP! I lived in Florida for a few years and one day had the ...
  A: Mark, I'm sorry for your troubles but if you've read my other answers I think you know that what ...
2 headed insect9/17/2010
  Q: I found a 1/4" oval, gray (either small rock color or light gray wood color) scooting bug that seems ...
  A: Karen, I'd need a picture to be sure but I think you are describing a plaster bagworm (do you live ...
round little holes in mulch area9/16/2010
  Q: we have all these round little holes in the flowerbed about an inch deep by inch and half diameter ...
  A: Vickie, These are made by an insect called an antlion (Neuroptera). The insect sits in the bottom ...
Termites or Ants??9/15/2010
  Q: I noticed evidence of either ants or termites in the wall behind one of my kitchen cabinets. There ...
  A: Margaret, This appears to be termite galleries. I suspect they were feeding on the paperboard box ...
Black and Red bugs destroying trees at base and under ground9/14/2010
  Q: We have just botten a home that is about 30 years old. As you may guess some of the landscaping is ...
  A: Angie, These sound like boxelder bugs. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/boxelder.html for a ...
Carpenter ants are biting my ash!9/13/2010
  Q: I live in New Hampshire and felled a large healthy ash last year to make room for an addition. The ...
  A: Russ, Once the tree is felled and cut up carpenter ants are no longer an issue because they need an ...
Scorpions9/12/2010
  Q: I'm writing from Whitney, Tx. We've recently noticed some scorpions in our house. We see one every 2 ...
  A: Michelle, I'm not an expert in this group of arthropods but I don't think scorpions make a social ...
Springtails, is it common?9/12/2010
  Q: I moved into my house 1 year ago. It's a brand new house. Last year I never saw any of these bugs ...
  A: Kristin, Springtails (Collembola) are primitive insects that live in the soil feeding on organic ...
cockroach eggs9/11/2010
  Q: I live on the first floor of an old building in Tokyo. I saw an American roach last week but used a ...
  A: Concerned, Unfortunately, old apartment buildings often have cockroaches and you probably can't ...
fruit flys9/10/2010
  Q: I get fruit flys in my house in september wether I have fruit or not I live in maryland and I see ...
  A: Linda, The behaviors you describe don't really sound like fruit flies (also called vinegar flies), ...
large drugstore beetle infestation9/9/2010
  Q: I have had a large drugstore beetle infestation since May. I just learned online that these pests ...
  A: Sharon, Drugstore beetles can feed on a wide variety of natural household items including natural ...
Fleas9/9/2010
  Q: Jack. I am a landlord and I have been doing a great deal of internet research about fleas and have ...
  A: Denise, Since cat and dog fleas won't develop on human blood alone the fleas in apartments without ...
moving to new house, how to avoid bringing in bed bugs, cockroaches9/7/2010
  Q: We bought a new house and will move in soon. But the current apartment we are living in has bed ...
  A: Kathy, Here's an article about cleaning personal items that have been exposed to a bed bug ...
spiders brown recluse9/6/2010
  Q: IV'E HAD SOME SPIDERS IN MY HOUSE WERE THEY ARE COMING FROM I'M NOT SURE IV'E BEEN BITTEN THREE ...
  A: Greg, Unfortunately none of the ultrasonic pest repellers work against spiders or any other pests. ...
bugs in wood furniture9/3/2010
  Q: My daughter has a sofa in her apartment that has bugs she discovered in the wood. The sofa had been ...
  A: Patricia, I think your daughter's best bet might be to contact her local Cooperative Extension ...
Bug question9/2/2010
  Q: Did you ever find out what type of bug that was? the thin flat worm bug? I found the exact same ...
  A: Marissa, This is a plaster bagworm (household casebearer). It eventually turns into a small moth. ...
housefly invasion9/2/2010
  Q: Jack. I have lived in the same house in Mesa, AZ for several years now. Over the past week or so it ...
  A: Pamela, Surprisingly, house flies usually don't enter houses. Whenever we find what appears to be ...
uidentified larvae destroying herbs?8/31/2010
  Q: I'm not sure if this falls within your area of expertise, but I am having a hard time identifying a ...
  A: Amanda, This is the larva of a moth, possibly a cutworm. These can be very damaging garden pests. ...
carrion beetles8/30/2010
  Q: Flying insects have been entering our living room for a week. A licensed exterminator identified ...
  A: Amanda, Are you sure these are carrion beetles? I would not expect carrion beetles to emerge over ...
mystery bites8/29/2010
  Q: my father and I have both been plagued by mystery bugs. I have scoured the internet and can't find ...
  A: Amy, I'm sorry you are having this problem. I get lots of very similar questions about "bites" that ...
Pesticides8/26/2010
  Q: I recently had a Pest Control Officer come through my place and take care of a cockroach problem i ...
  A: Lee, I would ask the pest control company what they used. If it is boric acid powder it is ...
bug in bed but not a bed bug8/25/2010
  Q: while i was making up the bed today i saw a bug (which i thought was dirt at first) it was small, ...
  A: Afnan, I'd need a photo to make an identification but it does not sound like a bed bug. Bed bugs ...
Buying a house8/24/2010
  Q: My husband and I are currently in the process of buying a home. The house we are purchasing had ...
  A: Valerie, The devices you found are actually termite bait stations not traps (see ...
Fleas8/19/2010
  Q: I am having a problem with fleas in our home. 2 weeks and 3 days ago we saw the first fleas in our ...
  A: Melissa, Fleas won't survive in a house that has no pets so the problem should resolve fairly ...
Millions of very tiny bugs8/19/2010
  Q: We have property and chickens. I have these very very tiny bugs everywhere (but in the house). I ...
  A: Sandee, These are probably springtails (Collembola). Springtails can be very abundant in damp ...
Something has eaten my bookshelf...8/16/2010
  Q: We have a bookshelf that lives outside (gardening supplies etc) and it is made out of thick, solid ...
  A: Megan, The hole is far too big to have been made my an insect (my speciality). Is the hole smooth ...
Cockroaches8/16/2010
  Q: We have a Septic System. This past month our house has been invaded by Roaches. The house is new 2 ...
  A: Collette, I doubt that the cockroaches are coming from the septic tank or lines (I've never heard ...
pest8/13/2010
  Q: Today , i was in my attic, very hot, 100+, looking for something, i came across several boxes, i ...
  A: MGB, These sound like mold mites (also called grain mites). These mites are normally associated ...
Mystery bites8/12/2010
  Q: DeAngelis, Thanks for taking on this question. I am having some problems with possible bug bites, ...
  A: Mark, I agree with the first doctor, from what you've told me I think this is very unlikely to be ...
small jumping bugs8/9/2010
  Q: My brother have number o small dark jumping bugs coming out of my wooden floor, see image. They have ...
  A: Fero, This is a booklouse (psocid). They are not related to true lice but rather feed on mold and ...
Landscaping8/7/2010
  Q: I'm going to be completing the landscaping at my home in Maricopa Arizona and want to use trees and ...
  A: Joe, In the desert anything that requires a lot of water will attract wildlife of all kinds. ...
Brown Recluse Infestation8/6/2010
  Q: Jack, Moved into a 2 story home three years ago this month. Previous owners said upon leaving that ...
  A: Jerry, You didn't say where you live but I'll assume that the spider has been correctly identified ...
Termite Bond Co Damaged Walls8/4/2010
  Q: We live in East Central Florida. Our 5 year termite bond renewal was scheduled for yesterday. They ...
  A: Beth, I'm not a building contractor so my expertise in this is limited. However, I do know that ...
Holes in Maple Doors7/29/2010
  Q: Our new home was completed in June 2008. We have maple doors stained and coated with polyurethane. ...
  A: Saverio, These are very likely lyctid powderpost beetles (see ...
house bugs7/28/2010
  Q: For about six months especially in the summer there are tiny black bugs that are in my house. They ...
  A: Renee, This sounds like pseudoscorpions because of the size and pincers. See ...
Springtails7/28/2010
  Q: I have recently discovered springtails in my kitchen, bathroom and by my front door. I understand ...
  A: Gina, I think you are correct on all counts. If the old rotting wood resembles soil, especially if ...
questions on fleas7/23/2010
  Q: I was hoping you could answer a few questions on fleas. We live in Los Angeles, and we have ...
  A: Tom, I don't normally recommend borate powder for fleas because there are better alternatives that ...
Ground-dwelling wasps/yellow jackets7/21/2010
  Q: i went into my backyard (in Woodstock, GA) the other day to find a number of odd spots - it looked ...
  A: Su, These are cicada killer wasps and despite their appearance and size they are relatively ...
tiny black ants7/19/2010
  Q: we bought a camp along black river lake in central louisiana, we have a boat dock that is covered ...
  A: Marty, Trying to control ants outdoors in Louisiana -- a tall order indeed! One problem will be ...
thing black bugs in shower, closet and bedrooms7/19/2010
  Q: I'm hoping you can help me out. I have these very narrow, flying black bugs all over the upstairs ...
  A: Wendy, Without a picture or more of a description I'm really only guessing but you may be ...
identify and treat insect pest7/18/2010
  Q: I have two bathrooms, one on top of the other, the walls with the sink share the wall with the ...
  A: L, "Small, dark colored insects that jump" - sounds like springtails or collembola. These enter ...
flying insects7/17/2010
  Q: I live in northern Georgia. Every night at exactly the same time (sun down) a swarm of insects ...
  A: Eileen, I can't tell you exactly what these are without a picture but they sound like a primitive ...
roaches, wasps, spiders7/16/2010
  Q: I am having problems with wasps entering my house. We can't find the nests and believe that they ...
  A: Sharon, I don't think foggers will work in this situation and could be hazardous. The best thing to ...
American Cockroach7/12/2010
  Q: please help me! I live in an old converted warehouse building in Brooklyn, NY. First, about 4 weeks ...
  A: Dori, Cockroaches are very common pests in older buildings, especially multi-family complexes. ...
Worm-like 'bug'7/10/2010
  Q: I believe that I am requesting identification of the same 'bug' as Mj from late 2009. Your last ...
  A: Chloe, This is related to a clothes moths. Some consider it a type of clothes moth. This one occurs ...
Bed Bugs ?7/10/2010
  Q: I have so questions regarding bed bugs!! Let me start by saying I am 8 months pregnant and I got a ...
  A: Danielle, I've been answering questions like your's for almost 20 years. I taught at a university ...
Identify Bug7/8/2010
  Q: Jack, I've been seeing a few of these bugs around my place lately and I wanted to know what they ...
  A: Angel, This is a wasp, probably in the family Sphecidae. Most of the sphecid wasps nest in the ...
Tropical rat mites7/5/2010
  Q: Family of four, I'm the only one reacting to these bites. I've only seen a handful, but have had ...
  A: Greg, I don't think this is a mite but I'm not sure exactly what it is. I don't see any characters ...
Carpenter ants7/5/2010
  Q: I found Terro Carpenter ant killer. Where can I find it and is it better than the Advance Carpenter ...
  A: Lizann, The Terro product is a general purpose spray insecticide rather than a bait. The Advance ...
Termidor7/4/2010
  Q: I have done research on Fipronil. Are the inert ingredients in Termidor safe? Are they toxic? I ...
  A: Carrie, Everyone's definitions of "safe" and "toxic" are different and since Termidor is a ...
tiny whitish bug with pinchers7/4/2010
  Q: I live in Ontario Canada & for the first time ever have had these tiny whitish coloured bugs appear ...
  A: Chris, Unfortunately this description does not match any of the usual culprits that bite or sting. ...
tiny worms in shower6/30/2010
  Q: I have a two piece shower and bath tub. The walls meet the tub and no caulking is needed its suppose ...
  A: Tina, Let's try to figure out what these worms are so we have a better idea how to proceed. Can you ...
Daddy LongLegs6/29/2010
  Q: Daddy Long Legs are 'gathering' by a huge number on my brick wall. I live in Arkansas if that ...
  A: Carole, What most people call "daddy longlegs", or "harvestmen", belong to a group of arthropods ...
drilling sound in ceiling6/24/2010
  Q: Mr. DeAngelis, I have been hearing a drilling sound in my ceiling near my front door entrance for a ...
  A: Robet, Termites don't make any sound except perhaps during nuptial flights and carpenter bees are ...
Roaches6/23/2010
  Q: and thank you for volunteering for this service. I am seeing evidence of cockroaches, and some ...
  A: Mike, Where do you live? We generally only see roaches outdoors in warm climates like the ...
Straw Itch Mite problem stemming from previous flea probem6/21/2010
  Q: I was hoping to never have to ask you another question, but unfortunately, we seem to have an ...
  A: Lynn, The term "itch mite" generally refers to mites in the genus Pymotes, a group that is ...
Bees6/17/2010
  Q: For a week now I have been trying to get rid of some bees that have been hanging in a storage area ...
  A: Karen, These bees may only be resting between migratory flights and will move on in a few days. If ...
Pantry Moths6/17/2010
  Q: ! HELP!!! Damn pantry moths. No source in food at all....recently moved into this house...very ...
  A: Jenna, I think the mice may be the problem. Mice often store seeds and grains inside walls which ...
ant spray smell in wall6/16/2010
  Q: On April 6, 2010 we had to have our sliding glass door taken out and put back in (we were having ...
  A: Lisa, You should not be able to smell the insecticide this long after application because once the ...
holes in dirt6/15/2010
  Q: I live in Yuma AZ and I keep finding holes in dirt that appear to be inward cone shaped. I have had ...
  A: Connie, These may be the pit traps made by antlions (Neuroptera). See ...
Abundance of Spiders6/13/2010
  Q: My mom and I have noticed a lot of these big (to us) black spiders around our house. We live in ...
  A: Amber, Unfortunately spiders are notoriously difficult to identify by photo alone. Except for a few ...
mites6/12/2010
  Q: Recently, what I thought was a rash on my knees & elbows was diagnosed by my doctor as mites. Very ...
  A: Christine, I'm not sure what kind of mite your doctor was referring do. Did you get a more specific ...
bed bugs inside a mattress?6/12/2010
  Q: is it possible for bed bugs to be inside a mattress and not just on the outside around the ...
  A: Peter, I think it is unlikely that a bed bug could get inside a mattress cover that was undamaged. ...
Spider Deterrants6/11/2010
  Q: We have a vacation home on a lake in SC and there is a proliferation of spiders of many kinds. When ...
  A: John, Mothballs are made from some pretty toxic material (see ...
Black ant mounds on lawn6/8/2010
  Q: How can I deal with black ant mounds on my lawn? This has been an ongoing problem for the last few ...
  A: Michael, I think ant bait would work better than boiling water. Ant bait is sprinkled over ...
termite tenting6/7/2010
  Q: I am leasing a house built in the 40's that is about to be tented for termite fumigation due to ...
  A: Teresa, Tenting and fumigating for structural insect pests is a fairly complicated and dangerous ...
Wood roach or german roach6/7/2010
  Q: A few years ago we started finding roaches in our house. Not very many but one was enough for my ...
  A: Billy, Without seeing the roaches I can't really be sure but my guess is the exterminator is ...
unknown bug bites/ itchy rash6/4/2010
  Q: 2 months ago i woke up with fever and extremely itchy swollen back of neck, the flue like symptoms ...
  A: Sara, Neither silverfish nor grain beetles bite. In fact very few insects or mites actually bite ...
moths6/3/2010
  Q: We have recently moved and packed my clothes in a suitcase and have just unpacked it and one of my ...
  A: Tania, From your description I think it is unlikely that clothes moths caused the damage. Clothes ...
Pillbugs/woodlice in the home6/2/2010
  Q: Jack, I am having a problem with woodlice (or pillbugs as they are also known) getting into my ...
  A: Robert, Most of the time when these enter homes it is because the outside soil is too wet or too ...
"stored product beetles".6/2/2010
  Q: You answered my e-mail and thought it was a "stored product beetles". We don't have any thing in the ...
  A: Still looks like a stored product beetle, possibly mealworm or black fungus beetle. The grain could ...
small insect with wings6/2/2010
  Q: I find this type of small insect with wings in my lower level of an embankment ranch every spring in ...
  A: Kathy, This is a beetle, probably one of what are called "stored product beetles". I can't see ...
catepillars in my house5/30/2010
  Q: The have long antennas and have many legs. mostly they are in my bathtub or around that area. now i ...
  A: Julie, How large are these critters? You might look at the pictures of carpet beetles on this page ...
tropical rat mites5/27/2010
  Q: I really need an expert on mites. I had a pest guy come out and inspect my house... my boyfriend ...
  A: Catyanna, Tropical rat mites belong to a group of mites that infest the nests of rodents and birds. ...
what is this?5/27/2010
  Q: 9-2-09 you had a question from "Sue" regarding a 3 segmented, curly q antennae, strong hind legged, ...
  A: Diane, I can't find the 9-2-09 Q&A (copy and paste if you post a follow up) but what you describe ...
jumping bugs5/23/2010
  Q: On 9/2/09, you were asked a question about ant-like jumping insects. Do you know if an answer was ...
  A: Jennifer, The original questioner was never able to post a picture (can you?). This is almost ...
carpet beetles5/22/2010
  Q: Please help! As a person who is close to terrified of any insect, even ones most people like such ...
  A: Megan, From your description of the "split shell" these are a type of beetle. There are about a ...
Persistent fleas in a non-pet home5/19/2010
  Q: I need a flea investigator. We 've lived in our new home since Januaru 2010, and by early February, ...
  A: Lynn, This does not really sound like a flea problem. Tell me why you believe fleas caused the ...
ants5/18/2010
  Q: I have what I believe are sugar ants. They are super small, and sort of elongated and reddish, but ...
  A: Lys, The term "sugar ants" is a general term for small ants that invade homes, it usually does not ...
bed bugs - dont plastic wrap mattress?5/16/2010
  Q: someone said not to encase the mattress with plastic and packaging tape because the seal just wont ...
  A: Peter, I don't think encasing the mattress will hurt anything but it might not help either. If bed ...
Roaches Spiders5/14/2010
  Q: Iím getting some roaches/spiders in living room, bedroom, kitchen. House about 1700 sf, single story ...
  A: Don, Lots of good questions here and I'm glad you asked about the "electronic/ultrasonic ...
House centipedes and large brown spiders5/14/2010
  Q: We just bought our house and moved in about 8 months ago. When we first moved in, we frequently saw ...
  A: Dee, The best way to get rid of spiders indoors is with sticky traps, not insecticides. Sticky ...
Bed bugs!5/12/2010
  Q: So, it appears that we have bedbugs. For the past 2 weeks, I've been getting bitten up in the night, ...
  A: Christine, I don't think you can assume that you have bed bugs given these conditions. The best ...
house ants5/12/2010
  Q: Our property is home to many different kinds of ants. Our 1/2 acre is 1/2 woods ~ our home is old ...
  A: Nancy, Infestations of ants can occur in any room in the house, sometimes they are looking for food ...
Possible fly pupae5/7/2010
  Q: We just bought a used car. I noticed yesterday 2 flies stuck in there when I went for lunch. I let ...
  A: Valerie, Can you describe the flies a bit more. Do they look like house flies? I think it is ...
caterpillars in my air conditioner5/4/2010
  Q: I have white with a black stripe on their back caterpillars coming out of my air conditioner. How ...
  A: Ferlene, Can you post a picture? Caterpillars don't live in air conditioners (is this a window-type ...
kill insects5/2/2010
  Q: I work in a fresh-cut lettuce factory. What is the ways for killing insects, specially worms in ...
  A: Marjan, Insect pests of vegetable crops are usually controlled in the fields where the vegetables ...
old house borers4/26/2010
  Q: ..I bought a log home in aug. last year. A pest control co. was hired to do a "wood destroying ...
  A: Carl, The best way to tell old and inactive from new and active is the presence of boring dust. ...
Termites4/25/2010
  Q: Greetings from Sydney Australia! Anyhow.. I have a termite problem over here that is really busting ...
  A: Rob, Sounds like you're having fun. I'll assume you are asking about subterranean termites ("subs") ...
Flies in the chimney4/20/2010
  Q: Over the last two years we have had flies hatching out in our chimney. In the last couple of days ...
  A: Tomas, Have you had these flies identified? If we know what kind of flies they are this may tell us ...
powder post beetles4/7/2010
  Q: In October we bought a new fore closed home and saw a couple of places in the hardwood floors that ...
  A: Kathy, Powderpost beetle infestations in hardwood floors are fairly common and if they are not too ...
termite tenting4/7/2010
  Q: we live in a townhouse that has connecting walls with 3 other units. these residents have had their ...
  A: Becky, I don't have any contacts in that area so I would start with the Entomology Department at UC ...
termites4/6/2010
  Q: I live in San Diego about 3/4 miles from the ocean. My house is stucco and 13 years old. It is my ...
  A: Rich, There are two main kinds of termites that damage homes in your area. Drywood termites (see ...
Wasps4/4/2010
  Q: My daughter and self have a phobia of wasps,and any kind of bee. I have a problem with wasps ...
  A: Sherri, Many different wasps build nests on the outside of buildings. Most are harmless paper wasps ...
drywood termites3/31/2010
  Q: Jack I got fumigation treatment from dry-wood termites in June 2009 and today (March 2010) I found ...
  A: Tatsiana, I need a little more information. Was the house covered in a tent and fumigated last year ...
Miner bees3/30/2010
  Q: I live in Tennessee. I have been told that i have miner bees. My entire front yard is a mass of ...
  A: Jeff, Let's make sure we are talking about the same insect. Miner bees look like bumble bees but ...
fruit flies3/29/2010
  Q: i read the last question regarding fruit flies. i believe they r. we only see them in kitchen and ...
  A: Brian, Fruit flies, or vinegar flies (Drosophila spp), are small brown flies often with red colored ...
Need some pest control!3/25/2010
  Q: I have recently (beginning this spring) noticed about one wasp a day inside the home. I am ...
  A: Linda, The wasps are probably emerging from winter dormancy in the walls and attic. There are no ...
tiny black bug3/25/2010
  Q: just recently I have found 2 tiny bugs in my bed. They are black with a little bit of brown. They ...
  A: Stephanie, There are only a few insects that hop or jump when disturbed. Fleas are the most common ...
Bugs?3/22/2010
  Q: We are finding foam "shavings" inside our florida room. The room is basically metal framework with a ...
  A: A, These foam shavings are probably from carpenter ants building a nest in the foam insulation. ...
carpet beetle?3/20/2010
  Q: I was cleaning my daughter's room the other day and I noticed these small black insects with yellow ...
  A: Elsa, This is a varied carpet beetle (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for ...
What is a Chigger3/20/2010
  Q: hat is a Chigger and what kind of animals can get them. Are they an issue to humans? If untreated ...
  A: Nathan, Chiggers are tiny, red larval mites that bite and cause itchy, red lesions. They occur in ...
Worm-like larvae3/18/2010
  Q: We had a yellow jacket nest exterminated (6/09) that was built towards the top and on the outside of ...
  A: Ann, Could you post a picture of the larvae? There's lots of insects that fit this description. I ...
Mites infestation3/18/2010
  Q: We have mites infestation. How do you get rid of them?. they are all over the house and on the ...
  A: Ken, Are you sure these mites? There are many things that mimic insect or mite bites and when you ...
Tiny ants in kitchen3/14/2010
  Q: We have trouble getting rid of tiny black ants in kithen counter tops since the weather has warmed ...
  A: Lee, If the ants are accepting (feeding on) the Terro I'd keep using it. There's nothing that you ...
Ants in the House3/11/2010
  Q: The last couple weeks I have been seeing some what I beleive are carpenter ants in the house. They ...
  A: Scott, Any ant that is larger than about 3/8" is probably one of the carpenter ants, at least in ...
Heat Remediation to kill Bed Bugs?3/10/2010
  Q: How effective is Heat Remediation to kill bed bugs?
  A: Kent, Tell me what you mean by heat remediation, what would you actually do? The application of ...
wasps3/4/2010
  Q: In April, 2009, we moved into a log home we built. Some of the wood laid outside from July, 2008, ...
  A: Kathy, It is not unusual to find insects in newly built homes. When houses are enclosed during the ...
termites in backyard2/21/2010
  Q: I have found termite evidence in the redwood fence separating my backyard neighbor's house and mine. ...
  A: Antonio, This type of termite builds its colony in the soil on some type of wood and then expands ...
worm like bug2/12/2010
  Q: I found the same bug that MJ was asking about (ref: ...
  A: gh, The image that MJ posted is a casemaking clothes moth. There are different species, some look ...
DIY Terminte Control2/9/2010
  Q: We have an occupied rental house (brick with wood trim)located in north GA, built in 1955. We just ...
  A: Leamon, Termite control can be a do-it-yourself project but it requires considerable time and ...
Caterpillar invasion in basement2/7/2010
  Q: In the last month (Feb in Boston, MA) we've had several of the caterpillars as seen in the attached ...
  A: Dan, I can't see enough detail to id it. However, mid-winter in Boston is an unusual time to find ...
bathroom bugs1/25/2010
  Q: I live on the 4th floor of a condo in downtown toronto and I keep finding these little bugs in my ...
  A: Ryan, This is a firebrat. It is a primitive, wingless insect (see ...
unknown pest1/22/2010
  Q: We have had these unknown pests in our toilets/bathrooms in Manila (Philippines) for several months, ...
  A: Daniel, What you are describing is a casemaking clothes moth larva (see ...
flesh flies1/17/2010
  Q: I have not seen any other flies around my home,then I saw these larger flies and slower moving. I ...
  A: Sylvia, Flesh flies, or sarcophagids, are large, dark colored flies covered with stiff bristles. ...
Carpenter Ant Contract1/17/2010
  Q: When we purchased our house five years ago the owner transferred a carp.ant contract to us. We have ...
  A: Lou, I'm very skeptical of these contracts and in fact never suggest that folks sign long-term ...
powder post beetle1/14/2010
  Q: We recently bought a home in Miami, where humidity is constant. This house was newly built and the ...
  A: Aimee, While whole house fumigation is generally safe if done correctly it is not a procedure I ...
wasps1/7/2010
  Q: my wife found a wasp in the bathroom, since it's Jan 2010 and the temp is 21, up here in maine, she ...
  A: Paul, Two possibilities - either this is a lone overwintering yellowjacket queen that found its way ...
Carpenter ants1/6/2010
  Q: Dr. DeAngelis, Any advice on how to locate the nest? We've just recently started seeing carpenter ...
  A: Paul, Normally with carpenter ants it is not necessary to locate the nest. In fact, there's really ...
mites1/5/2010
  Q: I have been plagued by mites for about 6 months. I've gotten rid of most of my possessions, house, ...
  A: Beth, I'm a bit puzzled by this because there are no mites that I'm aware of that do what you are ...
chemical control against ants1/3/2010
  Q: to protect a farm of cedar trees from ants do i apply the insecticide on the trees or around ...
  A: Pedro, Tell me why the ants need to be controlled because ants are not normally plant pests. Are ...
Termidor and children12/27/2009
  Q: My husband and I are looking to excavate an old home/property that has termites. We are being told ...
  A: Donna, Termidor is one of the new generation insecticides that is widely used for termites and ...
Micro Intruders12/18/2009
  Q: In one bedroom of my house, I notice small bugs making their way along the crease where the wall ...
  A: Chuck, These sound like grain mite, also called mold mites. The mites are clear to amber in color ...
hopping biting bugs12/18/2009
  Q: I live in Houston Texas and we have no carpeting. But on the 2nd floor of our home we have ...
  A: Keath, Could you post a photo of the "long black bugs"? There are no insects or mites of that ...
American cockroach control12/17/2009
  Q: We live in north Georgia . We have had an unusually wet spring, summer, and fall, in our area. Now ...
  A: Ernest, In semi-topical climates like yours it is sometimes necessary to control cockroaches ...
Warehouse Beetle12/15/2009
  Q: I have been finding these little bugs I looked at a bug chart and it look like a warehouse beetle ...
  A: Maricela, There are a variety of beetles (including warehouse beetles) that as a group are called ...
Identify Bug12/11/2009
  Q: Jack, I've been seeing a few of these bugs around my condo, the one in the photo is about 4mm long. ...
  A: Angel, This is a larva of a dermestid beetle, sometimes called carpet beetles. Dermestid beetles ...
Cocoons + caterpillars + spiders12/10/2009
  Q: DeAngelis, I see a little caterpillar-like insect crawling on my wall as I write this message. It ...
  A: Julie, I think there's a couple of different things going on which may or may not be related to ...
in response to....12/2/2009
  Q: sacramento,ca.***not myself,actually...terminex man said"theres termites in your fence,but they can ...
  A: Petar, The photo never made it. The statement about termites traveling 150' sounds like marketing ...
termites/stucco below grade/planter boxes against wall12/1/2009
  Q: possible subterranean termite infestation)(house built in late 1950's)( have below grade ...
  A: Petar, Post a follow up and tell where you are (city/state). Have you found live termites or ...
Wool Blanket Larvae on bed11/24/2009
  Q: My girlfriend and I discovered tiny larvae-like creatures on the top of the quilt on our bed but ...
  A: David, Your description does not really sound like any kind of dermestid or carpet beetle larvae. ...
Very tiny caterpillar type bug on my walls11/20/2009
  Q: I have been finding extremely small caterpillar type bugs on my walls. They are black and brown and ...
  A: Kristen, This sounds like dermestid larvae. Here's a picture ...
What are these long worm like things???11/15/2009
  Q: We live in the DFW TX area and about a month ago I found a bunch of very thin, clear or ...
  A: Michelle, Don't be concerned about these, they are called horsehair worms and are harmless. The ...
small flying bugs11/10/2009
  Q: I live in fort worth tx and have a small, black, flying bug that is all over the outside of my ...
  A: Shawn, The picture is a bit too small to see clearly but the shape is that of an insect called a ...
maggots11/9/2009
  Q: We live in Florida and we turn off our A/AC and I notice a foul smell coming from my closet and my ...
  A: Justo, I can't tell for sure what is pictured in the photo because it is blurry. Could you post a ...
tiny ants by sink/dishwasher/on cupboard11/7/2009
  Q: I have purchased ant bait for sugar and protein ants. It keeps them away for two weeks and then they ...
  A: Diana, I think one of the problems may be the Demand Insecticide. Demand is a good material but in ...
wood borers11/6/2009
  Q: what kind of bug/worm? bores holes in wood the size of a pencil lead and piles the sawdust on top of ...
  A: Stacey, This is a perfect description of a powderpost beetle. The holes and sawdust are made when ...
small ants in basement11/4/2009
  Q: i have an old farm house with a field stone basement wall (that leaks like a siv). this morning i ...
  A: Shawn, There are hundreds of species of ants most of which are small and nest in the soil. Your ...
fleas in house11/3/2009
  Q: How do I get rid of fleas on furniture that cannot be put in washing machines? Is vacuming everyday ...
  A: Amy, Normal vacuuming is sufficient to kill fleas. Be sure to dispose of the dust bag since it may ...
bugs on roll of tape11/2/2009
  Q: we found this roll of tape in my office on the desk- can you help us identify these bugs? thanks!
  A: Carey, These are called aphids and they feed on plants. There are both winged aphids and wingless ...
abandoned wasp nest in house wall11/1/2009
  Q: We came home mid august after being away for 6 weeks. I discovered wasps entering at junction of ...
  A: Richard, Yes. It is entirely possible that you are smelling the decomposing nest. Nests might ...
Ants in our houseplants!10/30/2009
  Q: help! we have ants in our houseplants!!! they are small black ants, in the south we call them ...
  A: Kayla, Small ants like these often build their nests in the pots of house plants because as the ...
termite bonds10/28/2009
  Q: I realized this year that we forgot to renew the bond that was on our house when we bought it 5 ...
  A: Sarah, I'll need to know where you live (state) because termite control varies greatly by region. ...
Mite infestation10/27/2009
  Q: Recently Iíve been noticing small mites on the surface of my desk and more or less everywhere about ...
  A: Steven, From your description I think these are one of two critters and both are related to the ...
Cockroaches10/27/2009
  Q: Obviously I don't keep my microwave ovens clean enough because roaches keep taking up residence in ...
  A: Jo, Is this a single family home or some type of commercial building like a restaurant? Cockroaches ...
insect issue10/25/2009
  Q: I have a ton of these little insects around the front of my house. They manage to get into the ...
  A: Randy, These are called boxelder bugs. They are very common nuisance pests in some areas. ...
Bombing due to roaches10/24/2009
  Q: How long do I have to wait to vacuum my carpet once the pest control person has bombed the town ...
  A: Tosha, If by "bombing" you mean that a total release-type aerosol insecticide was used then you can ...
Pantry Moths10/24/2009
  Q: We have what I have identified as pantry moths. I have literally tossed every bit of food in the ...
  A: Adrienne, I think what you may be seeing is the last of the adult moths that emerged from your ...
bed bugs please help10/22/2009
  Q: I think I have bed bugs. I recently got hand me down furniture and now I think we have bed bugs. I ...
  A: Christine, The first thing to do is to confirm that bed bugs are the problem. The only way to be ...
wasps in fireplace/chimney10/21/2009
  Q: We have had a wasp infestation and problem coming from our fireplace since we moved in 8 years ago ...
  A: Angel, A couple of questions - do you get wasps coming out of all three fireplaces every year? Have ...
Possible bed bugs10/19/2009
  Q: I hope you can help ease my mind. I am fearing that I may have bed bugs. I live in a single ...
  A: Maggie, Whatever is causing the blood on the bedding it probably is not from bed bug bites. Bed bug ...
Paper wasps in my home10/17/2009
  Q: We have recently been seeing what I believe are paper wasps in the second story of our house. They ...
  A: Jamine, If you live in a part of the country that freezes in winter the problem will probably ...
pesticide10/15/2009
  Q: You were so helpful with my swarming insect problem. Can you tell me what is the best pesticide to ...
  A: Kay, There are a lot of options for treating termites and most are beyond the capability of ...
insects10/14/2009
  Q: Last night my grandson took a shower in our hall bathroom. When he came out, there were tiny ...
  A: Kay, A couple more questions. Are you sure they have wings? If so, are the wings white or clear? ...
black widow spiders10/14/2009
  Q: we have a black widow in garages and we need to know how to KILL them. have heard they have an ...
  A: Kim, Black widow spiders are susceptible to insecticides. However since this spider is very ...
yellow jackets10/13/2009
  Q: Jack, I have yellow jackets entering into the walls of my Michigan home behind my front porch light. ...
  A: Sheri, Most yellowjacket nests are annual meaning that they start in spring and die off in late ...
skin mites10/11/2009
  Q: I can relate to a previous question about skin or bird mites. I am experiencing the same symptoms. I ...
  A: Cindy, I'm not sure what you mean by "skin mites". There are only a few mites that bite people. ...
Can you ID?10/9/2009
  Q: Can you please tell me what this mystery bug is that I caught crawling out of the heat vent? Thank ...
  A: Michelle, These are silverfish. They are primitive, wingless insects that are fairly common ...
Small black worms in basement stairs10/5/2009
  Q: We live up north and have recently noticed small dark brown or black worms curled up in the basement ...
  A: Bob, These sound like millipedes which feed on organic matter in the soil and are harmless. If you ...
invinsible spiders10/4/2009
  Q: I've been living in this house for about 5 months now. Ever since I moved in here, I've been having ...
  A: Elsa, Your question raises a couple of excellent points. First, most entomologists (people who ...
Ants in Pet food9/28/2009
  Q: My EDD (engineering design and development) project consists of finding a problem that has to do ...
  A: Thomas, I think most people will opt for keeping ants out of the house altogether rather than just ...
Cockroaches9/27/2009
  Q: im live in spain and moved to a diferent apartment in feb this year.. have ended up with an ...
  A: Carla, Cockroach infestations are very common in any multi-family building. Older buildings are ...
Tiny black bugs that bite!9/27/2009
  Q: I just read the story by Mazis on 08/21/09, and her story sounded exactly like what I have been ...
  A: Nancy, No-see-ums are also called biting midges. These tiny flies bite and feed on blood much like ...
stubborn ant problem9/24/2009
  Q: I live in Los Angeles. I have had problems with rodents, but never with ants, until now. Starting ...
  A: Roger, What you are describing is a textbook example of a nuisance ant problem. The ants (there are ...
Larvae Formations9/24/2009
  Q: We live in central TN and found these larvae formations around our driveway after heavy rains. ...
  A: Shannon, Good picture. Did you get a close up? These are called fungus gnat larvae and they are ...
Very tiny black bugs9/22/2009
  Q: We just moved into our home a few months ago. We've noticed these very tiny black bugs. (about the ...
  A: Allison, A couple of questions ... since they don't appear to fly does this mean that the ones that ...
Re: large flea-like insects9/21/2009
  Q: I periodically find these large flea-like things in my downstairs bathroom where the cat box is ...
  A: Deborah, I think these are a type of brine shrimp. Do you live near an inland saltwater lake such ...
fleas in home we are buying9/21/2009
  Q: going through the process of buying a home & the home inspector noticed bite marks on the back of ...
  A: Deryl, Fleas can remain in a home after all pets are removed and bite people. The good news is that ...
dug up lawn9/20/2009
  Q: This morning I noticed an area about 6 x 12 that was dug up. I have the feeling that it is grubs. ...
  A: John, I assume you mean 6x12 inches. Two things are common in this situation. Birds will dig up ...
Ground bees or wasps9/19/2009
  Q: The past two weeks, I noticed a hole in my lawn where yellow jackets were flying in and out.l The ...
  A: Mark, Yellowjacket (Vespidae) nests are often attacked and dug up by skunks and other animals. In ...
What are they?9/18/2009
  Q: I have these bugs around dusty areas in my room (like under my monitor, behind the desk and other ...
  A: Angel, Good picture. These are called psocids, or barklice, or booklice. They are not related to ...
lawn earth mounds9/17/2009
  Q: Ok here goes. I live near Ottawa, Canada. About 1 month ago, earth mounds, roughly 10" in ...
  A: Leo, These are too big to be insect-related in any way. My guess is this is a fungus. There are a ...
I want to relocate the bee hives outside my house9/17/2009
  Q: I have a couple hives outside my house and I don't want to kill the bees. I would like to relocate ...
  A: Mike, If these are honey bees you can ask a local beekeeper to move the hives. Contact your local ...
Do I have termites?9/16/2009
  Q: I found about a dozen termites flying around a lamp. I called a pest control company and they ...
  A: Tim, The first question I have is do you live in an area where drywood termites are found? Take a ...
Ants9/15/2009
  Q: Jack, I need to reclaim my yard I think. Over the course of the past few weeks my children have ...
  A: Melanie, There are only two ants in the US that causes any sort of injury when they sting or bite ...
Stink Bugs...Help!9/14/2009
  Q: I am seeing stink bugs around the outside of my house each day and the number seems to be ...
  A: Microencapsulted is an older term that referred to a type of insecticide formulation that was sort ...
Sealing up wasp nests9/13/2009
  Q: Simply, I've got a wasp nest that is concealed inside an exterior wall of my house and it's in a ...
  A: Joe, Once the weather turns cold the nest will die and be abandoned unless it is one of the ...
yellowjackets9/11/2009
  Q: Last summer I had a bee control guy spray a yellow jacket nest that was in the exterior wall of the ...
  A: Bill, I think there may be two different things going on. The yellowjacket wasp colony produces ...
Dry wood Termite9/7/2009
  Q: We recently bought a house in Katy, Texas. The previous owner didn't disclose any termite issue, and ...
  A: Flora, I don't think it should matter what time of the year you do structure fumigation for drywood ...
Indian Meal Moths9/6/2009
  Q: What happens if a person, dog or bird accidently eats Indian Meal Moths, their larvae or their ...
  A: Sally, There's no danger whatsoever in eating meal moth larvae. Insect larvae of all types are ...
tiny bug strong bite9/5/2009
  Q: I'm trying to identify a bug that gave me a very painful bite tonight. I was in Connecticut, ...
  A: Nancy, I think you probably encountered a thrips. Thrips (the name thrips is always plural) are ...
Tiny Tiny insects9/4/2009
  Q: DeAngelis, My name is Susan and I live in Chicago, IL. It's been almost one month these insects ...
  A: Susan, I can't see much detail in the photo but your description sounds like a springtail, also ...
getting rid of sandwasps at campsite9/2/2009
  Q: i have a campsite in Maine the whole area is covered in sandwasp nests how do i get rid of them
  A: Bill, I'm not sure there's anything you can do in the short-term (this season). Long-term anything ...
jumping ant-like insect9/2/2009
  Q: We came home to find a sudden infestation on the vertical blinds at our sliding doors. The insects ...
  A: Sue, This one has me stymied. I'd like to see a picture but your best bet may be to take a few to ...
Wasp removal from attic8/31/2009
  Q: I have a large wasp nest in my attic. These are orange/red wasps. I was planning to spray it with ...
  A: Scott, If the attic is vented this should not be a concern. However, for future reference there are ...
tiny black bug8/30/2009
  Q: We have tiny black bugs that are smaller than what we call 'piss' ants, but they are black and a ...
  A: Lilly, I think these are in fact ants. There are some very small species of ants that occur ...
Bugs at Porch Light8/28/2009
  Q: Is there any way to keep bugs away from a porch light without using a yellow bulb or a bug zapper? ...
  A: Ron, The short answer is the sonic "pest repellers" don't work, indoors or outside. Here's an ...
tiny caterpillar8/26/2009
  Q: This is the second time this summer that we have found a tiny caterpillar crawling on our sheets. ...
  A: Chris, This is a beetle larva, rather than moth larva, possibly a dermestid beetle. Dermestid ...
flea control8/25/2009
  Q: we recently moved and discovered fleas on our dogs. we have lived in the same complex for 6 years ...
  A: Timothy, Let me make a couple points before answering your questions. First, Frontline Plus is very ...
termite treatment issues8/24/2009
  Q: ... So.. here the long and short of it. A while back my home was treated for termites. My living ...
  A: Sam, I don't know if there's any liability here, it would depend on your state laws. I'd contact ...
Fleas8/21/2009
  Q: I recently removed my dog from our home because of his flea problem after flea baths and collars. My ...
  A: Mazis, I'm not sure where to begin but I can tell you that there are no insects and mites that fit ...
Mites?8/21/2009
  Q: How do I get rid of Mites? Is using store bought bug bombs every week going to poison me? I am going ...
  A: Lynn, I'm very sorry you are having these problems. First, and most importantly, applying more ...
Preventative termite treatments8/20/2009
  Q: I have a policy for subterranean termites with a pest management company. The footprint of my home ...
  A: Kim, I'm not aware of any plan to cancel Termidor in Florida or anywhere else. I think this ...
Bedbugs8/18/2009
  Q: I would like some advice with some findings in my home. They have appeared in my dining room, which ...
  A: Dannii, It is hard to say what these are without a picture but they are probably not bed bugs. You ...
Blue Black Wasp8/17/2009
  Q: Can you help us indentify and exterminate a blue black wasp approximately 2" in length which is ...
  A: Paul, This is a digger wasp (family Sphecidae) and here's a wikipedia page ...
identification of wormlike bug8/16/2009
  Q: Would you try to identify this worm/bug for me please. I have found these one centimeter grey, thin ...
  A: Mj, I'm not sure about this id so post a picture if you can. However, your description sounds like ...
Fumigated Car8/14/2009
  Q: I recently got paranoid over a spider bite on my leg. I read George Manning's post on fumigating a ...
  A: Jasmine, I don't know who George is and I wouldn't recommend that foggers or "bombs" be used this ...
Dust Mites8/11/2009
  Q: We have dust mites problems my mother wants to use a bug fogger or bug bomb will this work or is ...
  A: Thomas, Bug 'bombs" and foggers won't work for dust mites and they would definitely be a bad idea ...
Ground bees8/11/2009
  Q: I am avoiding a hole where I see bees going in and out. The hole looks like it was dug by bees. ...
  A: Fred, What most people call "ground bees" are ground-nesting wasps in the family Vespidae ...
bird mites8/9/2009
  Q: I think my dog is itching all the time because of mites. I have not found any fleas on her. I ...
  A: Mel, I really doubt that what you describe is a bird mite problem. Bird mites are only found in ...
ants8/6/2009
  Q: i am being besieged with ants. admittedly, we live on ant hill [palos verdes, ca], and thus, ...
  A: J, It sounds like you have a large nest inside the wall or ceiling. While most ants nest in the ...
paper wasps8/5/2009
  Q: We live in the woods and have a large pond in our backyard that is visited constantly throughout the ...
  A: Kathy, I think what you are experiencing is actually a relatively new species of non-native paper ...
Is this a roach?8/5/2009
  Q: I found this "bug" in my bedroom. It was crawling on the bottom side of my computer desk. I don't ...
  A: Kristy, I can't be sure because the specimen is distorted but this could be a cockroach, perhaps a ...
little brown bug8/4/2009
  Q: we keep finding these little brown beetle, bug in our house. Mainly on the bed, carpet and other ...
  A: Krista, This is a beetle, possibly the anobiid cigarette beetle. These beetles feed on dry food ...
book lice??8/4/2009
  Q: , I have,what |I think and have been told,booklice in my home. I found them one day last week under ...
  A: Libby, Booklice or psocids (not related to true lice) are very common insects that feed on fungi ...
bugs in kitchen and bathroom7/31/2009
  Q: I live in a very old home in north Texas (hour north of Dallas) and I have recently had a large ...
  A: Austin, These are not springtails (which are much smaller). The picture is too fuzzy to see much ...
Termite Prevention7/26/2009
  Q: We purchased our home, newly built, 2 years ago. There is quite a bit of construction going on ...
  A: Vivian, Flying termites are very common at certain times of the year and would not be related to ...
brown insect pest7/25/2009
  Q: For the past month I've been seeing this creature about my home (a third floor, 40-year old ...
  A: Gary, This is a cockroach, probably the German cockroach Blattella germanica. These are very common ...
paper wasp nest7/22/2009
  Q: Its about the size of a football, i see black wasps (i think) flying in and out of it. I was ...
  A: Sam, There are two kinds of wasp nests. Paper wasps make nests that are "open", you can see ...
confused, palmetto bug7/18/2009
  Q: ok so here is what happened. i am staying with my mom in florida and my worst fear came true, ...
  A: Brittany, First let me say that seeing 3 palmetto bugs, also called the American cockroach, in 5 ...
spiders7/15/2009
  Q: In the last two days I have noticed baby spiders on my ceilings in my bedroom (yuck!) and my front ...
  A: Jill, I'm not clear about the size. Are they "dust-like" or can you see individuals and are able to ...
tiny beetles7/15/2009
  Q: I just read a question asked by another person about cigarette beetles (I think that is what they ...
  A: Amy, Beetles that infest stored foods (there are a number of different species) can get into just ...
Flea-like bugs in kitchen & bathroom7/14/2009
  Q: I have flea-like bugs in the kitchen and around the bathtub. They are black and do indeed 'jump'. ...
  A: Heather, I doubt that these are fleas. If they were fleas you'd be getting flea bites and you ...
Bird Mites7/14/2009
  Q: I hope you can help me. My teenage daughter has a Love Bird in her bedroom which apparently has ...
  A: Connie, Flea foggers and other insecticides won't be very effective for bird mites. You need to ...
insect feces7/11/2009
  Q: I've noticed some black material in only one corner of my bathroom on the floor. It looks like tiny ...
  A: Paul, I don't know, obviously this could be a lot of things. A couple of suggestions, however: ...
Brown House Moth7/9/2009
  Q: For many months now, maybe since around Christmas, I have had a problem with what I think are brown ...
  A: Anna, Brown house moth is a very common household pest that feeds on a variety of natural materials ...
Single Cockroach Question7/9/2009
  Q: It's 2:14am where I am and it just took me 30 minutes to kill a 2-inch long cockroach (not including ...
  A: Nick, No need to panic (I know that doesn't help). This is an American cockroach and they are very ...
Dangers of pest control chemicals?7/7/2009
  Q: I currently have a pest control company come quarterly to the house and spray around the perimeter ...
  A: Michelle, The pest control companies don't like it when I say this but there's no good ...
bird mites7/7/2009
  Q: Its been 2 to 3 weeks since we removed a birds nest on the deck. Since the nest was moved we have ...
  A: Jessica, The short answer is that nest mites should not survive this long in the absence of their ...
Bug ID7/7/2009
  Q: Can you tell me what bug this is and what kills it? I have them all over my cement patio and on the ...
  A: Brian, These are called collembola, or springtails. They live in soil and feed on fungi and organic ...
Bites7/6/2009
  Q: I live in Los Angeles, CA. I have some sort of bites on my torso and thighs that are small and ...
  A: Marina, What you describe sounds like some type of allergic reaction or perhaps a chemical ...
getting rid of june bugs7/6/2009
  Q: We have a HUGE problem with June bugs. They are eating our trees, getting into our house and are ...
  A: Gretchen, There's probably not much you can do this year to reduce the number of beetles but if you ...
moving father7/5/2009
  Q: My father lives in a roach infested trailer and he is moving to clean assisted/independent living ...
  A: Kevin, The bed, chair and canned food can be surface-cleaned and will probably be ok. Since the ...
bed bug pesticide - effect on humans7/3/2009
  Q: Maybe 12 weeks ago we called in a pest control team. They sprayed all around the house, my pillow ...
  A: Charles, It is difficult to give advice in this situation because I don't know exactly what has ...
Termites unknowingly moved to another house7/3/2009
  Q: We are staying in an apartment presently where we have found the white slug like termites eating ...
  A: Tricia, I need some additional information to answer this question. Do you know which termite ...
Drain Flies in Crawl Space7/2/2009
  Q: We have drain flies, and the problem has become huge. We previously had some type of small flies ...
  A: Amy, This may be one of the few times I'd suggest using a fogger (total release aerosol ...
Odd bug invading our camper7/1/2009
  Q: We have been attacked by these odd bugs in our camper recently. We live in Mississippi and it has ...
  A: Debra, I think what you have here is a black soldier fly maggot. They are harmless (won't bite or ...
blue/black wasp7/1/2009
  Q: I live in southwest Louisiana in a double wide mobile home. Underneath my mobile homes skirting ...
  A: Carol, These are probably what's called pompilid wasps or spider wasps. These large wasps are able ...
Ceiling bug?6/30/2009
  Q: I just noticed a circle about the size of a quarter on my ceiling of these tiny black bugs. I wiped ...
  A: Katy, These are newly hatched lepidopteran (moth and butterfly) larvae. They are too small to ...
Unknown infestation6/30/2009
  Q: Very many small holes (the size of the head of a straight pin) have been appearing on my clothing ...
  A: Anita, What sort of fabric are the damaged clothes made from? Wool, silk, cotton, rayon, ...
Bunches of small grey excretions in my couch6/29/2009
  Q: I've noticed on a couple of occasions these small grey excretions (or what looks to be) in the back ...
  A: Renee, I'm not sure what this is but check above this spot for any sign of a hole that might be ...
Tiny black bugs in kitchen6/29/2009
  Q: I have noticed many black bugs slowly crawling in my pristine kitchen..floor, sink, counters. I ...
  A: Jan, I'd need a more complete description to be sure but these may be collembola, also called ...
bird mites6/28/2009
  Q: My boyfriend recently had some birds make a hole in the ceiling of his garage which is also the ...
  A: Lynn, Your diagnosis of bird mites (also called nest mites) is correct. Also, as you say the best ...
Can't identify fleas or gnats - help please6/24/2009
  Q: I have recently noticed a large number of insects on my dinging room floor. The floor is a wood ...
  A: Kandice, I can't enough detail in the image but from your description I think these are collembola, ...
wood insects6/23/2009
  Q: My mother lives in rural New Mexico and relies on wood for heat. Wood is kept in an enclosed wood ...
  A: V., This is the type of powderpost beetle that infests softwoods (like pine and cedar) rather than ...
Carpenter Ants AND Wasp Nest ID6/23/2009
  Q: I have a lake home in Northern MN and in an unattached garage, think I have Carpenter ants. I've ...
  A: Rosie, The continual presence of sawdust is a pretty good indication of an active carpenter ant ...
Re:Could they be gnats?6/23/2009
  Q: Outside my son's bedroom windows is a huge oak tree. Last year we had the tree trimmed because the ...
  A: Sandy, The first step is a capture a few of these gnats so someone can examine them under a ...
Bites6/23/2009
  Q: I just recently came back from a Deer Camp in the Hills of Vermont after spending a weekend there. I ...
  A: Carmen, I doubt that these are insect or mite bites. It is usually pretty easy to catch the culprit ...
identified miniscule pellets found several time on my bedsheets6/21/2009
  Q: Sunday, 20 june, 2009 NYC: As the subject matters outlines, I have found these tiny, ...
  A: J, Your best bet is to take your samples to the nearest Cooperative Extension (Cornell) office ...
Powder Post Beetle6/20/2009
  Q: I'm sorry I am asking for privacy, but as a furniture store owner, I just can't afford to post this ...
  A: Sharlene, When I've seen this done for drywood termites they used the torpedo-shaped propane ...
Termites6/18/2009
  Q: I have been informed that I have termites. I reside in NC. MY worries are if they have done any ...
  A: Cindy, Termite shelter tubes ("tunnels") usually don't appear inside homes unless the infestation ...
Termites - How long does it take to get rid of them?6/18/2009
  Q: I live in Northern Virigina. We found a major termite infestation in our basement this spring. We ...
  A: Cathy, Both insecticides that were used contain the active ingredient imidacloprid. This is a ...
carpenter ants6/18/2009
  Q: I bought a mobile home a year ago in a mobile home park in Michigan their are 2 huge mounds that ...
  A: Lori, Carpenter ants don't make mounds like other ants but instead nest above ground in cavities ...
Reddish Brown Cockroach about 2 inches long6/17/2009
  Q: This is question is similar to ones that I have read but different because I can't seem to find an ...
  A: Matthew, I think you are correct in your identification based on size alone. The general ...
Termidor6/16/2009
  Q: Recently I had my house treated for ants. The pest control company used termidor sc. They applied 2 ...
  A: Bill, I'm not aware of any particularly toxic aspect of Termidor. Consider that the active ...
Extremely tine black flying insects everywhere6/16/2009
  Q: Dr. DeAngelis my home is on Colorado and on several of my window screens I have sometimes hundreds ...
  A: N, I can't tell from your description exactly what insect this might be. If you are near a body of ...
Bugs6/14/2009
  Q: I was moving and found brown rice looking i think they are bugs I picked one up and squished it and ...
  A: Miendy, These sound like dermestid carpet beetles. Carpet beetles feed on all sorts of natural ...
worm bite?6/14/2009
  Q: I live in Rantoul Il. Every time i come back inside from a walk with my dog, i sit on the couch. i ...
  A: Eleena, I'm not sure what this is, however it is not a bed bug or dust mite. There are very few ...
Centipede-like Bugs6/13/2009
  Q: I live in Atlanta, GA and have been seeing small centipede-like bugs in my third story bathroom for ...
  A: Amber, Yes, a photo would help. You can attach it to a follow up question. There are centipedes ...
insects in the attic?6/10/2009
  Q: I live in NE Louisiana, house is about 30yrs old, brick. In the corner of the living room where the ...
  A: Linda, One of two different insects usually causes this type of sawdust in this situation. Look ...
Very tiny black ants (?) in kitchen6/9/2009
  Q: For the past few days, I have had very tiny black bugs that I think are ants. We called them "sugar ...
  A: Erin, All of these small house-infesting nuisance ants (there are many species) can usually be ...
termites underground6/9/2009
  Q: my neighbor had a termite infestation one day. She is under contract w/ a termite control company. ...
  A: Nancy, I'm not entirely sure what your question is but I think you are asking if the fence could ...
biting insect6/8/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could help me identify a biting insect. It was so tiny i hardly noticed it, ...
  A: Angie, There are a number of small insects that normally prey on other small insects, and even some ...
Moths??6/8/2009
  Q: Last summer, I found many flying insects that I had not previously seen, in my home. When I smashed ...
  A: Connie, What you are describing are called clothes moths and there are a number of different ...
small flying bug with a painful bite6/8/2009
  Q: I live just outside of Boston and recently have noticed (indoors) tiny flying insects that give a ...
  A: Linda, Unfortunately your description does not match anything I'm familiar with. Your best bet may ...
Is this bug bad?6/6/2009
  Q: Could you please tell me what type of bug this is? It is all over my lambs ears. I am concerned that ...
  A: Margaret, This is a four-lined plant bug (Poecilocapsus lineatus, Miridae). These true bugs feed on ...
Termite Eradication6/4/2009
  Q: I love in Southern CA and have a drywood termite infestation that appears to have been "under ...
  A: Sara, In certain climates, such as Southern California, drywood termites can be very damaging. ...
flying ants or termites??6/4/2009
  Q: I live in MD. Around this time every year, ants come in to the house. We are used to seeing them and ...
  A: Jonathan, Let me answer your second question first. There are two types of pest inspectors - those ...
insect nest?5/31/2009
  Q: I just found a slight mound of yellow jelly-like substance, part way into the ground in our garden ...
  A: Margie, I think this is probably some type fungus rather than an insect nest. There are a number of ...
flies and septic tanks5/31/2009
  Q: Every spring, we can look at the back of our house, on the outside wall and see hundreds of little ...
  A: Lesa, Would it be possible to post a picture? There are many different flies that can aggregate ...
roach in the house ohmy!!5/30/2009
  Q: Jack, Thanks for your time. I live in a wooded area in PA. I have seen large roaches outside on ...
  A: Chris, There are many species of cockroaches but only a few enter homes and become pests. The pest ...
spiders5/28/2009
  Q: First, thank you for taking the time to read my question. I live in north Alabama and my house is ...
  A: Steven, My garage is the same way. Unfortunately there's not a lot you can do. However, I've had ...
Small wormlike bug on bedroom wall5/28/2009
  Q: I found a bug I've never seen the like of before... The total length was about 1/3 inch, and the ...
  A: Su, Excellent description and drawing of a casemaking clothes moth larva. Unfortunately there can ...
Strange Flying Insect5/27/2009
  Q: I live in Southwestern Lower Michigan and we found this odd looking UFO in our office. We would ...
  A: Marcena, Sorry. It is a wasp. The long "stinger" is called an ovipositor and is used to place eggs ...
Strange Fly Situation5/26/2009
  Q: Never seent his type of fly. It is larger than an ordinary house fly. It is striped like grey/black ...
  A: Adrienne, There are lots of different flies that look like house flies, some a little larger, some ...
powder-post beetle fumigation5/26/2009
  Q: I have recently purchased a home and had a pest control inspection done in which the inspector ...
  A: Jose, This is a complicated question but I'll try to hit a few of the main points. Powderpost ...
bed bugs?5/25/2009
  Q: I'm trying to figure out if I might have bed bugs in my house (an apartment in dayton, oh). I been ...
  A: Kelly, There are a small number of insects that can cause this kind of reaction, including bed ...
grubs in lawn.5/24/2009
  Q: I have outside animals and cats and dogs. Is there something I can use on the yard to kill grubs ...
  A: Paul, Unfortunately many of these homemade remedies don't work very well and can actually damage ...
please help !!5/22/2009
  Q: I just moved to a new house which was built in the 30's in new york ... the past few nights i keep ...
  A: Lenny, There are only a very small number of insects and mites that actually bite people. Often ...
Weird Bugs5/17/2009
  Q: "I saw the question a woman asked about the bugs on the corner of her ceiling and I have the same ...
  A: Morgan, This is definitely not a bed bug. It is a beetle of some kind but I can't see it clearly ...
wood powder on the window frame5/17/2009
  Q: I noticed that wood powder on the window frame in the kitchen on the first floor. I cleaned it ...
  A: Jitendra, This is not termites but either powderpost beetles or carpenter ants. You didn't say how ...
black widow5/17/2009
  Q: ok, i know i'm going to sound paranoid, but when i went down to my basement today i swear to god i ...
  A: Sheila, Black widow spiders are very common in some regions but they are also very shy and almost ...
insect5/15/2009
  Q: in bathroom small silver silky insect very fast when moving
  A: Elaine, The only insect I can think that fits your description is a silverfish. Silverfish prefer ...
drain flies5/14/2009
  Q: We have had a problem with drain flies in our house for several years. We have tried the gels in ...
  A: Maureen, Drain flies, also called moth flies, develop in the organic "gunk" that forms in drains ...
Box Elder Bugs5/12/2009
  Q: After they invade your house to STAY through the winter, is there no way of getting rid of them ...
  A: Shannon, Unfortunately there are no good ways to get rid of boxelder bugs once they get into the ...
Fleas5/12/2009
  Q: Okay,, I have a very clean house, and I have NO Pets, yet I keep finding fleas in my bathroom ...
  A: Mike, Are you sure these are fleas? Take a look at this page ...
Clover mites5/5/2009
  Q: Our home is almost 3 years old and each year we have noticed an increase in clover mites on our ...
  A: Steph, Clover mites develop and feed on plants. The mites that enter homes often develop on the ...
OUTSIDE WORMS COMING INSIDE5/5/2009
  Q: I have one inch brown worms with lots tiny legs coming inside from outside. They only come inside ...
  A: Vicki, These are millipedes and they are harmless. They eat organic matter and have probably ...
Microscopic biting bugs5/1/2009
  Q: I keep going out in my yard and getting bitten by these teenie tiny little microscopic creatures. I ...
  A: Monica, There are a number of small insects that will bite (not sting) if they fly into us. There ...
caterpillars4/30/2009
  Q: I live in Corpus Christi, TX and recently i have been finding tiny brown worm like bug in the bed ...
  A: I need a bit more information. What's the difference between the "brown worm like bug" and the ...
Larder Beetles4/29/2009
  Q: I have done my research and found out that I have Larder Beetles in my apartment. Black beetles ...
  A: Tracy, Larder beetles like all "stored product" pests (insects like carpet beetles, meal moths, ...
Ants Chicago4/28/2009
  Q: I have a ento degree from Texas A&M but im unfamiliar with ants species population Chicago ...
  A: Kim Lee Sampson, Sounds like carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are the largest ants in that area. Take ...
RE: Wasp in my home4/28/2009
  Q: After arriving home from work I went to pick something up, in my living room not knowing there was a ...
  A: Melissa, I doubt that 70 degrees is cold enough to immobilize a wasp, however darkness is. When you ...
bed bugs4/25/2009
  Q: I recently moved into a half double that turns out to have bed bugs. I am a single mother on ...
  A: Jeszika, There may be a better way of managing the bed bugs (but heat is not a bad idea). Bed bugs ...
Tent Worm Caterpillars4/25/2009
  Q: I asked a question a couple weeks ago about being over run by some weird worm, and you asked for a ...
  A: Caryn, The safest way to treat young, feeding caterpillars in general is with a microbial ...
Bees4/20/2009
  Q: I have a patio made from 12X12 red bricks with sand between the brinks. There are bees or something ...
  A: Mary, There are many different solitary ground-nesting bees. Usually they pose no threat and most ...
termites4/19/2009
  Q: I am unsure if this is your background but here is our question, We just purchased a home in North ...
  A: Todd, The Formosan termite is a type of subterranean termite. It is a non-native species that is ...
buuuuuuuuuuugs4/18/2009
  Q: We have a uouse in Belize C,A. we have mahogony ceilings on 2nd floor. Theres always fine like saw ...
  A: Salvatore, I don't know this common name (mahogony bug) but these sound like some type powderpost ...
Bugs in house4/10/2009
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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.

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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.

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