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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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2017-01-14 Bed bug???:

Zach,    I'm sorry but I can't see enough detail to be certain. I'd suggest taking a look at http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html and http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug2.html and search bedding

2016-12-28 Ants:

The ants probably won't go away on their own, in fact the nest is likely to get larger. You might want to put some sugar-based bait stations (such as Terro) along the edge of the room and see if you can

2016-12-28 Ants:

Aela,    Many kinds of ants can invade homes, most nest in the walls. Specialized ant baits are generally the best approach to control since the worker ants (the ones you are finding) will carry the poisoned

2016-12-24 Something biting me:

Joanna,    I can't see much detail but these look like small carpet beetle larvae (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html). If you can get a closer photo I may be able to confirm. Try placing

2016-11-11 Succulent infestation & health risks for dogs & people:

KDS,    There are no insects or mites that infest plants (any plants) and also bite people or pets. It is possible that you are experiencing some type of allergic reaction to the plants such as a contact


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