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.
20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.
Ph.D. in Entomology
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Karen, This sounds more like a dragonfly than a wasp. Wasps do not generally fold their wings the way to describe. Dragonflies also display the "scouting" behavior you describe. You might google dragonfly
Dolores, If you post a picture I'll confirm the id but this sounds like it might be the kudzu bug. See http://livingwithbugs.blogspot.com/2011/10/kudzu-bug-small-brown-lady-bug-that.h for a picture
Lisa, This is called the brown marmorated stink bug. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/brown_marmorated_stinkbug.html for pictures and suggestions for control. They are harmless but can become a nuisance
Nadine, If you post a picture I could confirm the id but take a look at this page http://www.livingwithbugs.com/centipede.html for a picture of a house centipede. Sticky traps (see the page cited above)
Michael, This is a small beetle and probably not the cause of bites. Here's a list of insects and mites that bite people and some things that can be mistaken for bug bites http://www.livingwithbugs
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