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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.


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Ph.D. in Entomology

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2016-10-21 Is this a bed bug?:

Paul,    Not a bed bug, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for comparison. This looks like the black carpet beetle, see http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/black-carpet-beetle for some

2016-10-19 Tiny brown bug found in bathroom?:

Psocid was actually my first thought when I looked at the images but description of "darting around" did not fit. However, this new photo on the Q-tip does look like a psocid. You may have both unless

2016-10-19 Tiny brown bug found in bathroom?:

Susan,    I can't see it clearly (even enlarged) but from the shape and your description ("darting around") I think this is a juvenile cockroach (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cockroaches.html). Usually

2016-10-18 Hundreds of flies:

The top photo looks like the green bottle fly (Calliphoridae). I can't see any detail in the bottom photo. The green bottle fly is usually associated with decomposing (rotting) meat (see https://en.wikipedia

2016-10-18 Hundreds of flies:

There should be a button on the page where you type your question to attach a photo. Try to get a clear photo, as close and detailed as possible. Once we determine what type of fly you have we should have


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