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Drugstore or Cigarette Beetle

#5496  Hello, can you please let me know what this is, there are several in the house, and they are very tiny. It was very hard to get a picture of this. I am very worried. And I’m unsure of how to get rid of them. Thank you.
This might be either a cigarette beetle, Lasioderma serricorn (Coleoptera: Anobiidae), or a drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum); both can be pests of many kinds of dry stored food products – see http://tinyurl.com/po3y7o2  for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV ******************************************************************************************

biting louse

Biting Louse

#5495  I just found this on a my brothers puppy and was crawling on my finger and it bit me. I’ve tried all the pictures on Google a nothing has come close to what this is. I live in  Alaska and some random guy gave him the puppy. I took a magnifying glass and took the picture with my cellphone. Thanks

This appears to be a biting louse (Psocodea/Phthiraptera : Mallophaga), it looks like Trichodectes canis, a species commonly found on dogs and wild canids. See http://tinyurl.com/qxucs8y for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV

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Little brown worms.

5500  Hello, I’ve been finding little brown worms (about 1/2″) with black tails in my bathroom for about a month now. Today I found a bigger one (about 1-1.5″) that was very similar but darker (photo attached). I live in Montreal in a basement apartment and my name is Jessica. Thank you.
This is a millipede, an arthropod in the class Diplopoda. Ones like this specimen are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but may be nuisance pests when they get indoors. They need abundant moisture/high humidity in order to persist in an environment, so moisture management is key to their control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

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Termite swarmer

5498  My name is David. We have seen these maybe once a year on warm days at our home at edge of forest, Vancouver Island BC. Sept 25/09/2013 (photo of individual insect) & 13/10/2015 (photo of swarm near top of tall fir tree). The swarm is persistent and lasts at least an hour. Insect length (mouth to end of wings) is 1.0cm. Identification much appreciated.
.This is an alate (reproductive/’swarmer’) termite. You may consider having your home inspected to determine whether any on these have decided to make your home theirs as well. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV
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