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Bay Area Bug ID

Woke up to an infestation of these things -- maybe 30 or 40 around the apartment. Thought they might be ants but my boyfriend doesnt think so. What's really weird is that they don't seem to have come from outside -- they're not near doors or windows, not clustering near food. They're in the middle of the living room and on the interior stairs. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Oct 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Saw a cockroach in our new house. Now what?

Just spotted a cockroach in our new house. Now what? Rumple: we have a baby. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Getting rid of (specifically) oriental cockroaches?

I've dealt with the German roach bastards in the past, but these are a different beast. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Jul 28, 2016 - 2 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

Bedbugs? Or Just Bugs in Bed?

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

This bites

Something has been sporadically biting me in my sleep since January, possibly before. No physical evidence of bed bugs has been found, though I'm fearing the worst. What should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 22, 2016 - 18 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

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

Yet Another Bed Bug Question

I'm am currently at the airport on my way home from a hotel that had a bedbugs. What should I do to mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by unhappyprofessor on Jul 20, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I deal with silverfish in a move/storage situation

We've got some silverfish at my current apartment, which I'm in the process of boxing up for two months of storage followed by a new apartment (I'm overseas in the meantime). How do I pack up to manage this infestation? My goal is to kill them off during storage if possible, but at the very least to keep the problem from getting worse. (Eg keep the silverfish from migrating from, say, my books to my clothes.) [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jun 14, 2015 - 3 answers

How to cope physically and psychologically with a silverfish infestation

I have a severe insect phobia, and now the task of eradicating a silverfish infestation in my apartment is causing this phobia to take over my life. How can I regain a feeling of safety about sleeping in my own bed at night when I am now facing a seemingly endless stream of silverfish entering my room each day? Many more details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by datarose on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 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

Oh my god the ants, help!

We've been battling a carpenter ant infestation unlike any before. In past years we've had NO PROBLEM getting rid of them quickly. This year, they seem to be all over the house, and we're trying all the same tricks with no luck. I don't think we've ever been cleaner and we've been keeping things in airtight containers as we normally do. I have questions about how this could happen and what I can do. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Ants in a condo - Terror ensues

How can I make sure I don't see a single ant in my condo unit this year? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Apr 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Can't sleep. Mice will eat me.

How do I endure the mice that descend upon my room at night? I really need to sleep again. [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 20, 2013 - 34 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

Roaches! Not for the first time, not for the last time.

We have a roach infestation in our new apartment. Ha ha ha. What's a good gameplan? Is it weird that I've accepted it? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Sep 28, 2013 - 13 answers

These pests are pests

Please help me identify these flying bugs that have infested a house. [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Apr 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces?

Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle on Dec 13, 2012 - 7 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


Help! We just found a black widow spider inside our house. They are endemic in our neighborhood. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Sep 19, 2012 - 20 answers

How can I get rid of a spider infestation in my car?

How can I get rid of a spider infestation in my car? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Fleas got into my sewing stuff--do I need to throw it all out?

Alrighty. We were about to move into a new house, and found AFTER I'd moved several plastic tubs of sewing stuff (LOTS OF CLOTH) into the house that it was terribly infested with fleas. Do I just need to throw it out, or is there something I can do? [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Aug 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home!

Ladybugs are cute and even helpful--provided they stay where they belong, in the garden. Now, for the second time this year, they're coming inside where it's warm. Do we have a problem? [more inside]
posted by parkerama on Oct 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Unwanted guests

Can anyone tell me what this beastie (warning: dead insect) is? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Oct 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Bedbugs vs lice (can't believe I'm rooting for lice)

The exterminator says it's a mild case of bedbugs. Is he almost certainly right? I don't have any bites and I don't want to go through an unnecessary fumigation. Could it be lice or something instead? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 17, 2011 - 14 answers

roaching the subject

Is it possible to have a roach or two without having *thunderclap* a roach problem? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 15, 2011 - 22 answers

Save my sunflowers from the hungry moths!

Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

I thought this was why we had an indoor cat!

It seems we have fleas. We've started the treatment and process recommended by our vet, but is our problem getting worse or better? What should we expect next? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 answers

The pinchers are on the back!

What kind of bug is this? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Jul 1, 2011 - 11 answers

So many bed bugs. How to not have so many bed bugs?

Bed bugs! In Chicago! I need advice, recommendations and morale. More inside. [more inside]
posted by MPnonot3 on Jun 2, 2011 - 5 answers

I'dl ike to renounce my title as 'Lord of the Flies'

I have a housefly infestation. Fly paper isn't working. Help? [more inside]
posted by calcetina on Apr 5, 2011 - 15 answers

What are these bugs on this plant and how do I get rid of them?

What are these bugs on my sister's plant and what should she do about them?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Feb 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Bedbugs on trash day?

How dangerous, bedbug-wise, is picking up discarded luggage off the street? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford on Feb 10, 2011 - 19 answers

Name that moth

What kind of moths are these? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 29, 2010 - 5 answers

On not subletting to rodents

I'm about to leave my apartment empty for nearly a month. How do I keep mice from squatting there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 - 9 answers


ParasiteFilter: Could I have tapeworms hiding in my body 10 years later? Grossish details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

of lice and men

Help! I have pubic lice ALL OVER my body. How can I get rid of them once and for all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 - 20 answers

Houseflies of Horror

Is there anyway to trace the source of massive amounts of houseflies infiltrating my kitchen? It is a disgusting mystery. [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Aug 25, 2010 - 22 answers

Buzz buzz, your blood is delicious!

We have a mosquito/fly problem, but we live in the city. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Ticks Everywhere

Brown Dog Ticks: Disgusting and everywhere. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Help us get rid of this infestation.

[BugFilter] Something is biting the everloving hell out of us -- help! [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jun 4, 2010 - 24 answers


My house is completely infested with brown marmorated stink bugs, and I can't take it any more. Are foggers a possible solution? And how bad are they for people, pets, and the environment? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi on May 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Hive-Mind vs. Munch-Colony

Do I need a preventative termite treatment? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on May 19, 2010 - 4 answers

These little things are really starting to bug us.

We think we have carpet beetles! Help! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Something's Fishy in Here.

What steps can I take, and what products can I use, to successfully eliminate silverfish from my house for good? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Jan 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Avoiding a bed bugs infestation

I just woke up from a night in my Amsterdam hotel room and realized my bed has bed bugs in it. How do I make dead certain these things don't return with me to the US? Also, what should I expect from the hotel? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Dec 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Worms on the celing

We found small brown maggots on our celing/walls this morning. Why, and how do we get rid of them? (NB - do not click if you are eating.) [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 18, 2009 - 12 answers

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