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This Basil-Eating Bug Must Be Defeated!

A bunch of shameless ravenous basil eaters have invaded our plants and are eating all the leaves. Help us to identify and stop them! [more inside]
posted by Hairy Lobster on Jul 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Always at Least 50 Paper Wasps in my Small Backyard During the Day

I live in North California. Moved into a new neighborhood house a month ago. Since moving in, I haven't really been able to use the backyard because of what I believe I've identified as 50-75 hovering paper wasps! I have a 2-year-old, so I'd like to get rid of them so that we can enjoy our backyard again. [more inside]
posted by jason9009 on Jul 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Can I stop worrying now?

I found some suspicious bites, but the exterminator's search turned up nothing [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jun 29, 2016 - 6 answers

It's buggin' me

What are these bugs? [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome on Jun 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Things that go bump on the ears

What's going on with our cat's ears? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Entomologists of MeFi! WTF is this weird-ass bug thing?

I came across this weird bug feeding on a lilac bush while walking my dog this evening. I have never seen anything remotely like it. [more inside]
posted by torisaur on May 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Commercials About Bugs?

Can the hivemind ID these commercials? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

How do we get rid of mold mites?

We live in a dry climate but have an unventilated bathroom, and have developed a stubborn case of mold mites in the room. Despite cleaning on a regular basis, they keep coming back. I scrubbed the floors, ceiling, walls, and all surfaces with Lysol for three hours on Thursday and somehow this did not completely eradicate them; I saw them appear again today. I'm at my wits end. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on May 1, 2016 - 9 answers

It's a bug in the hardware

I have a great multi-function printer that we discovered was covered by ants. How do I get the ants out of it so I can bring the printer back into the house? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Apr 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Bedbugs? Or Just Bugs in Bed?

Are these creeps (1, 2) bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2016 - 13 answers

Help identify these eggs attached to a leaf

Asking this for my five-year-old son. He found these eggs attached to a leaf while we were raking. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Mar 12, 2016 - 7 answers

bugs in bed that aren't bedbugs - help?

I'm being bitten once or twice a night when I sleep by something that is not a bedbug. I can't find it, and no amount of washing my bedclothes helps. Advice please. [more inside]
posted by chonus on Jan 19, 2016 - 19 answers

make mites not bite me or my kid.

Something - possibly mites stirred up by my home renovation - has been biting me, and sometimes my kid, while we sleep. How can I prevent it? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Dec 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Can you help rid our home of these stubborn flies?

Our house has an infestation of flies and I'm desperate to rid myself of them. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Nov 1, 2015 - 22 answers

Seeking biggest, most destructive, animal and insect swarms in history

So I'm trying to find the biggest historical accounts of animal and insect swarms/herds in history. I've been googling by species but decade and by general terms like swarm, infestation, herd, stampede and so far I've only found a few of the more recent ones. So a) if you know any, please tell me more about them and b) what's the best way to find these historical accounts? Even if they're just one or two lines. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Not the Bees! And Other Entomological Cries

Last night some yellow-jacket-ish creatures started appearing in ones and twos in the bedroom--and they kept coming. Are we doomed? [more inside]
posted by baseballpajamas on Sep 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find the source of my Lepidopterophobia

I am terrified of butterflies and moths, and have been since I've been a little kid. I do, interestingly, have a vague memory a traumatizing scene I witnessed on TV from when I was between the ages of 3 and 5, which I've attributed my phobia to. I've never been able to figure out the title of the work, so I'm hoping that MeFi might help. [more inside]
posted by the_wintry_mizzenmast on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me kill these things!

There are a bunch of weird little insects in my office. That photo isn't to scale - I'd say they're maybe an eighth of an inch/3 mm long, really tiny, and they like to congregate in little groups underneath various things on my desk. What are they? What do I do about them? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Renting a house: possum in attic

The possum is gone now and hopefully won't be coming back. Is it reasonable to think the attic itself as well as the insulation in the attic is covered in urine and feces? If so, is it reasonable to expect the property management company or owner to clean up the attic and replace any/all of the insulation? [more inside]
posted by czytm on Aug 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Name That Bug!

What kind of bug is this? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Jul 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Transmissible bugs?? (Chigger warning)

My boyfriend has returned from a weekend in the woods with a significant chigger problem, which he says is "everywhere," eyebrow raise. How do I protect myself and how can he get some relief? I realize this is google-able but I can't bring myself to search for self-care reasons. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Jul 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Bug alert

My friend received a number of these bugs at her BBQ and she was wondering if anyone could identify them. Location: Berlin, today, during the European heatwave.
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Jul 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Aphids? Minions?

I planted milkweed this year to provide a rest stop for Monarchs, and today I noticed these yellow bugs on several of the plants. They appear to be aphids, and I'm not sure if I need to get rid of them.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 4, 2015 - 8 answers

(Bed?)Bug ID

Please help me understand if this is a bedbug. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Tiny bugs crawling out of my Macbook

In the last two days I've noticed about a dozen tiny, almost microscopic bugs crawling around, into and out of my Macbook Air keys. I'm freaking out, not only because I'm worried they're going to destroy the laptop but because this could potentially be a bigger problem in the house. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jun 8, 2015 - 10 answers

what is this and what should i do

So... This is a tick, right? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 25, 2015 - 13 answers

Can you tell me what kind of bugs these are?

These little guys have just appeared in the last day or 3 in a corner of my wife's office. They're all over anything made of paper, or maybe that's just where they're most apparent.. Don't seem to bite. Smear a little on the paper when rubbed. Help? [more inside]
posted by john m on May 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Banana pests

Can you help me identify these flat white bugs on my bananas? Google gives me a wide range of food pests, but nothing that looks like these critters. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on May 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Screen tent for the whole summer

We have apocalypse level mosquitoes where I live and I am fed up with losing so much of our outdoor summer time. Screening in our deck is NOT an option, so we're looking for ways to create a detached screen room for not a ton of money. (ie. looking to spend less than 500$) [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 26, 2015 - 14 answers

What Bug Is This? Fuzzy Cocoon, Florida Edition, No Wilfred Brimley.

The exterior of our house has been overrun by these furry little cocoons. I need help identifying the little rascals and also advice on how to KEEL them and keep them from coming back. [more inside]
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon on Apr 23, 2015 - 2 answers

What are these beasties, can they bite, and how do I get rid of them?

I am in the UK. I get several itchy bites per night, mostly on the back of my neck. I also quite often see tiny flies meandering through the air in my flat. Are these flies likely to be biting me? Photo inside. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Apr 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Starship Troopers 2: Summer Vacation edition

Is a late June family vacation to Ephraim, WI and Door County bound to resemble a family of four battling black flies and other various and sundry killer insects? If so, how to cope? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette on Apr 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Give me your best bug repellent, oh pretty please

Please tell me your best bug repellent product/strategy for dealing with gnats? And mosquitos, but more generally small flying swarm insects. [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Apr 1, 2015 - 10 answers

What kind of bug is this? Does it also wield the power of telekinesis?

I found a weird looking bug in the bathroom that didn't kick the bucket when I nailed him with a magazine. What is this hardy creature? Link to pics inside. [more inside]
posted by ben242 on Apr 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Flea-ridden mongrels, time for more drastic measures?

Still finding fleas on the animals a week after dosing them with Advantage. Is it time for the big guns? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 20, 2015 - 15 answers

What are these white bugs I saw spawning in the woods?

One July a few years back, my friend and I went camping in in the Catskills. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Mar 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Moving into a brand-new townhouse (renting). What should I know?

I'm moving in on Saturday. I've lived in dorms or apartments since leaving for college. It's a brand-new townhouse, built last year, owner has never moved in and we'll be the first renters. What sort of new-house things should I know? Bonus: How do I make sure the local flying dinosaur cockroaches don't move in too? I've always had a trash chute!
posted by anthropomorphic on Feb 10, 2015 - 9 answers

omg I pooped a bug... how did I poop a bug?

This is a 100% serious question. I pooped a dead bug. Little, tiny wings, maybe sort of mosquito-looking. It was definitely my poop on the sort of outside of a piece of poo. Just one bug, just one tiny poop - I was constipated. What does this mean? How did it get in there? Should I do anything about it?
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2015 - 13 answers

What are these terrifying bugs? Are they out to eat me?

About a week ago, I noticed a dozen small dots moving on the wall of my shower. When I say small, I mean borderline microscopic. I caught one on some Scotch tape and filmed it under ~30x magnification. Please help identify. I've had a few itchy bumps, and surely this is the cause. How do I get rid of them? Link to video. [more inside]
posted by rancidchickn on Dec 13, 2014 - 8 answers

What bug is this?

I've seen them all summer this Seattle (eastside), in large quantities. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Nov 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Is my iPhone possessed?

I typically carry my iPhone in my pants pocket and not infrequently take it out to find that it has successfully bypassed the four digit lock code needed to wake it up, activated an app, and successfully given itself several meaningless - but potentially consequential - commands. I can think of at least two reasons why this should not be possible, but it happens on average a couple times a week. What the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Oct 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Apartment and bug filter. Stay or leave?

My, very expensive, new apartment has something management calls box bugs and small, centipede-like black bugs. I don't know the name of this second type, they might be the young? Management has promised to call Terminex but they are adamant this isn't roaches and that as it gets colder, they'll disappear. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Help my depressed mom has bed bugs and I am out state in school

Hi All, so long story my mom is moving in one month, to a house! And her apartment has bed bugs. She is already depressed-low mood, low energy and anxious. She has bed bugs. Please let me know what I can tell her to do that is 1.easy, 2. low on chemical exposure- thanks! this is breaking my heart, she is crying and feeling helpless and I am so far away.
posted by TRUELOTUS on Sep 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Mystery Bugs Menace Kitchen

So I have a lot of these bugs in my kitchen. [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Attack of the bed bugs!

My warehouse space is infested with bed bugs and, it turns out, they are just the worst. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 on Sep 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Summer buggin', happened so fast

I have some kind of seasonal bug bites and it's freaking me out and driving me crazy. What is going on!? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Aug 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Name that bug

Please help me identify this bug: black, 1 cm long, head maybe 2 mm wide tapering down to a very thin tail, antenna-less, no visible legs (appears to slither), moves quickly (and therefore tough to kill), found almost exclusively in the bathroom. [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Jul 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Please help us identify and eradicate these bugs

Here is a picture of them. Things we know: no one has gotten bites from them, they are always dead or dying when we find them, seems like there are more of them now that the weather is getting warmer, seem to be found near the walls although no obvious holes (we recently got new windows and doors and skirting). What are they and how do we get rid of them because they are grossing me out.
posted by like_neon on Jun 21, 2014 - 11 answers

La cucaracha, la cucaracha...

I don't have a cockroach problem in my apartment exactly, but there are cockroaches outside and I want to keep them far enough away from the door that they don't periodically follow me inside. Difficultly level: Please don't kill my cat in the process. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Jun 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Insects in Literature, Film, Poetry, Pop Culture

I'm trying to remember as many notable instances of bugs in books (and film and other media) as possible--help me compile a creepy-crawly compendium, please? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on May 21, 2014 - 72 answers

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