I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.
I was involved in collection and identification of invertebrates for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of AllExperts.com since 2009.
Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, Davis Field Station; University of California, Davis Aggie Alumni Association; UC Davis Center for Neuroscience; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs
I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.
Special Thanks for Achieving Results award from the Department of the Interior
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Hello Marissa, Thanks for your question. You are correct that they are not dangerous. They eat other household pests, such as small insects and even cockroaches. They can be creepy though! I understand
Hi Diana, I am very sorry for any discomfort you may be experiencing. Make sure to clean the bite with soap and water and watch for unusual symptoms. Consult a doctor if you notice any symptoms that
Hello Jill, The photo is of a moth called an Achemon Sphinx moth (species: Eumorpha achemon). Great photo! It is probably attracted to your patio because of some lights there or because of the plants
Hi Jill, You forgot to attach the photo! Send it to me and I will identify it for you. Thanks, Jessica
Hi Rosita, I am sorry about what you have been through, and would like to help you. It does sound like some insect has been biting you, but carpet beetles don't bite, so it is important that we identify
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