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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 - 71 answers

What is biting me?

Freaking out that I might have bedbugs. (Gross) pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Fellow New Yorkers! I don't think it's a roach...but what is it?

Just moved to New York City to a clean, small apartment. I've been here a month and in the past few days have found several, small, brown bugs. My first thought, roaches! But these guys are really, really slow and come out in the daylight a lot. I've had roaches before and you can't catch them with your hands, these guys I can just swoop down and snag. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Please tell me this is a Viennese ladybug in my bed...

Found a little critter in the bedlinens at the Airbnb place where I'm staying. Entomologists of Mefi, tell me whether to freak out or not. (Please excuse any typos resulting from being on German keyboard.) [more inside]
posted by scody on Apr 11, 2014 - 12 answers

I don't want a mouse pad.

How can I tell if an apartment building has pests (e.g. rodents or roaches)? Am I being unrealistic to hope to find a place that doesn't? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Mar 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Please help me identify these gross things on my garage walls.

I need help identifying these gross things that have appeared on my garage walls in the last week or so. They are grayish-brown, each about the size of a piece of orzo, and are stuck to the walls in my garage. I can spot about a dozen of them around the garage, but I don't know how many more might be hidden behind boxes, etc. I suspect it is some sort of poop or some sort of egg sac, both things that completely gross me out. The shape is pretty unique to all of them. I live in Southern California, with temps over the last few months ranging between 55 and 85F. Anyone have an idea what these might be? Pic inside. [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Mar 15, 2014 - 6 answers

What was this game?

I'm wondering if you can recall a certain indie game about multiple generations of flying creatures peacefully growing flowers on an island. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Feb 5, 2014 - 4 answers

I think I saw a bed bug. Is it time to burn all of my belongings?

I think I saw a bed bug on a wall near my bed. What now? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 30, 2014 - 9 answers

I would still like to be able to escape from a fire

I need to attach a window screen to my fire escape window. Obviously I'd like it to break away when necessary (and also so I can water my herbs strapped to the bars on the upper half of the window). How can I do this most effectively and with materials I already have? It needs to cover both the top and bottom half of the window, and there's no existing screen frame. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Oct 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Insecticide related freak-out

Worrying about long-term exposure to insecticides in my home - what to do now? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Sep 30, 2013 - 4 answers

What's leaving this on my windowsill?

What's leaving this on my windowsill? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Sep 29, 2013 - 4 answers

What the heck is this bug?

My boyfriend walked into the bedroom to find this dude chilling on our comforter. What kind of beetle is this? Are we going to be eaten alive in our sleep? We live in Los Angeles, if that helps identify the beast.
posted by pea_shoot on Sep 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking mystery novels for a 10 year old who loves bugs

My son is almost 10, and I'm trying to help him develop a love of reading. His requests were mysteries, fictional, and if they could feature anthropomorphic bugs, all the better. In my searching, I did come across Bug Muldoon, which he has devoured. I'd love to find more books that he might enjoy. He said that bugs weren't necessary, but he did very much enjoy them. He recently read all the Encyclopedia Brown novels, and I'm not sure where to go next for him. Are there other authors or series I should be looking at?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Sep 10, 2013 - 44 answers

Even googling "bedbugs" is making us itchy

We moved into a new apartment a month and a half ago, and bought a used (like new) couch from an acquaintance two weeks ago. About a week ago, I started noticing a few (total of 3 or 4) of these on the floor in my bedroom. Today I saw one on the couch, and one on the living room floor. Any idea what they are? We've seen a few enormous cockroaches and a few small flies, but we're not itchy or rashy or anything. We're located in Philadelphia.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Shoo fly/come hither, fly

I believe that attractant-type insect traps like bug zappers, fly bags, CO2 traps et cetera work best if you put them in the vicinity but not too close - 15-20 feet. You want them to go "oooh, hey, what's that over there? Hey, everybody, this thing is over here!" My husband would wear a bug zapper around his neck like Flava Flav if that were feasible, on the principle that he wants all the bugs that come near him to go there instead. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Bugs: secret superpowers?

I have sort of a bozo question about insects and physics. Why is it that when I shoo a wingless insect from, say, my arm, said insects falls the human equivalent of many storeys to the ground and doesn't die? Physics was never my forte, but this seems to defy some basic law, does it not?
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Aug 17, 2013 - 11 answers

I'd rather not be our block's roach coroner forever.

For years, my Brooklyn apartment never had a single roach. Now I'm finding huge, dead waterbug roaches all over. Why? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Aug 10, 2013 - 12 answers

How do we deal with a possible flea problem?

While touring a house on Thursday, my husband was bitten around 40 times on his ankles. The house had a cat, so we're reasonably sure it's fleas. We may have at least one flea in our apartment now. What's our next step? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jul 27, 2013 - 13 answers

How to get rid of ants that are in between my window screen and window?

How do I get rid of ants that are between my window screen and window? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 25, 2013 - 10 answers

What's eating my apple tree?

What is this pest on my apple tree? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jul 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Are no-see-ums a thing?

What is the smallest animal species that a single individual of can cause a noticeable bite, sting, or other discomfort? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Jul 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Best practices for eating organic, minus the bugs

I get organic produce from either a local Whole Foods or farmer's market, and some items (especially lettuces) come with a fair share of bugs. I totally prefer this to ingesting a bunch of pesticides, but I would like to minimize my bug contact/ingestion as much as possible. Specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jun 5, 2013 - 15 answers

What is this spider?

Can you identify this hideous hermit crab looking spider? The pictures kind of suck because I only see him at night but: 1, 2, 3
posted by xmutex on Jun 4, 2013 - 3 answers

YANMD: Can reactions to insect bites get progressively worse?

Whenever I get insect bites, they swell up a lot - more so than they seem to for most people. It seems to me that over the past few years, the reactions are getting progressively worse. Is this actually possible? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Tiny Black Bugs in Shower

I'm finding tiny little black bugs in only one shower in the bathroom. They are hard when I try to squish them. I've tried pouring Drano Gel down the drain, but I'm not convinced they are actually coming from the drain. I see them when I shower in the morning and at night. From googling, they do not look like drain flies. There are usually 5-6 of them. What are they and how do I get rid of them without going to an exterminator?
posted by telsa on Jun 1, 2013 - 9 answers

What are these bugs?

Please help me identify this guy. I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area. For the past several months, these guys have been around my house. I typically see about one per day, never swarming or anything like that, never more than one. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on May 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Ugh, what kind of bugs do I have?

I have some sort of bug infestation in my house and am getting many little bites. What could it be? Here are some things, with a kitty picture. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on May 7, 2013 - 14 answers

What is going on with my cat?

All of a sudden, he keeps looking up at the ceiling as if he sees/hears something. He just started doing this a couple weeks ago, and has done it several times an hour since. Can metafilter supply me with a more plausible answer than what googling has lead me to? So far my top leads are yahoo answers posts about ghosts, so I'm sure y'all can do better. Has he just lost his little cat mind? [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Mar 4, 2013 - 46 answers

What the hell bit me?

Do house centipedes bite? Because I can't figure out what made a meal of me... [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Jan 30, 2013 - 17 answers

What bugs are these on my raspberries and how do I get rid of them?

These little moth-like things are ALL OVER my raspberry plants. I am in Canberra, Australia. They just arrived, so I don't know what damage they are going to do (yet). How screwed am I and how do I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What's eating me?

Bugs are biting me in my home and I don't know what they are because I can't find them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Help us hold a successful bug hunt

Leaving a bedbug infested apartment - how do we move safely? [more inside]
posted by BZArcher on Nov 11, 2012 - 12 answers

What should I do to avoid a bed bug infestation and stop freaking out?

How freaked out should I be about this bed bug I found and what steps should I be taking to prevent an infestation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Ew ew bugs ew tiny bugs everywhere.

Oh-ew-bugfilter: My windows are covered in tiny bugs. I have no idea where they are coming from. Send help. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Nov 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Was it a bat bug or a bed bug?

Every picture I've seen suggests that I found a bed bug. But no bites or blood can I see. Was it a bat bug instead? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Oct 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Bug on my neck!

What is this bug? It was abut half an inch long, I found it crawling out of my hair onto my neck. Gah!? [more inside]
posted by French Fry on Oct 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Hold onto your butts!

Mrs. hamandcheese teaches children education programs. About dinosaurs. She needs your help with a specific crafty art activity teaching kids about bugs stuck in amber. Suggest us some amber-like glue solutions! [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Sep 26, 2012 - 13 answers

We have a bunch of yellow larvae on our ceiling

We have a whole bunch of larvae on our ceiling only. What are they? Where do they come from? What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Sep 19, 2012 - 17 answers

fiery feet

My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Too poor for new rugs - no bed bugs, please!

I bought a rug at a thrift store, and while I did some bedbug prevention before putting it in my house, I'm still a worrywart and probably should have sprung for a new rug. Anything else I can do? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Sep 11, 2012 - 5 answers

What is this bugger?

Please tell me these aren't bed bugs (pictures attached). [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Aug 6, 2012 - 12 answers

It's a bug-eat-bug world out there.

Just a dead bug... but where could it have come from? And where did all these little critters show up from? Are they larva from the corpse? Please help me figure out how to best get rid of this mess. [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Jul 30, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm so tired of being itchy...

Bedbug treatment and cats - Should I board the cat after treatment of my apartment, and for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Bug Identification

Bug Identification: What kind of bugs are these? Mystery Bug A (1, 2, 3) is about an inch long from end to antennae, made a hissy/clicky noise, and bit me. Mystery Bug B are small skittery bugs that prefer cool, dark, and damp spots. I live in a southeastern Manitoba, Canada, which is classified as a humid continental climate, if that helps.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Jul 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Do I have bed bugs? pic attached.

Do I have bed bugs? pic attached. [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo on Jun 22, 2012 - 21 answers

What are the bugs I found living on a messy desk?

What are these bugs I found while cleaning off a very messy desk? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Do exterminators often have to exterminate for themselves?

How common is it for exterminators to bring their work home with them and end up with bug problems themselves? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

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