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!
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?
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]
I've seen them all summer this Seattle (eastside), in large quantities. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
My warehouse space is infested with bed bugs and, it turns out, they are just the worst. [more inside]
I have some kind of seasonal bug bites and it's freaking me out and driving me crazy. What is going on!? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Freaking out that I might have bedbugs. (Gross) pictures inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I think I saw a bed bug on a wall near my bed. What now? [more inside]
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]
Worrying about long-term exposure to insecticides in my home - what to do now? [more inside]
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.
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?
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.
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]
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?
For years, my Brooklyn apartment never had a single roach. Now I'm finding huge, dead waterbug roaches all over. Why? [more inside]
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]
How do I get rid of ants that are between my window screen and window? [more inside]
What is this pest on my apple tree? [more inside]
What is the smallest animal species that a single individual of can cause a noticeable bite, sting, or other discomfort? [more inside]
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]
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
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Do house centipedes bite? Because I can't figure out what made a meal of me... [more inside]
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]
Bugs are biting me in my home and I don't know what they are because I can't find them. [more inside]
Leaving a bedbug infested apartment - how do we move safely? [more inside]
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]
Oh-ew-bugfilter: My windows are covered in tiny bugs. I have no idea where they are coming from. Send help. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]