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Questions tagged [bugs]

All types of creepy crawlies which bite, agitate, or fascinate those enjoying the great outdoors.

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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

I drink canned beverages when I'm gardening and camping. I know several people who have ended up in the hospital due to swallowing bees that were stuck in their beverage (stung in the mouth). How do ...
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Flying insects enjoying broccoli flowers

Do you recognize these flying insects that seem to enjoy broccoli flowers? I have several almond trees around, and bees are busy these days but I'm not sure these particular insects are of any ...
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What foods attract mosquitoes to your body, and what can you eat that will repel them?

I know that eating bananas is one way to turn yourself in to a mosquito magnet. The potassium in the bananas apparently attracts them to whomever eats them. Whenever I meet someone who says they ...
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Best field remedy for small cockroach in the ear

What are best methods for non-medically-trained personnel to remove a small cockroach from their own or someone else’s ear?
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What is this just-hatched black caterpillar with white and black hairs, found in India?

Can anyone tell me which caterpillar this is? Its body looks black and it has hairs that are white and black, with a little bit of brown. It was on a utensil which was kept in a dark place. I ...
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Why are there so many wasps attached to this air conditioner?

I wish to get rid of these wasps. I am not sure what they are trying to do. Are these wasps creating a hive? Or is there something from the A/C they are collecting to create a hive somewhere else?
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Are chiggers moving north, and if so, how do I protect myself against them?

I thought I knew every pest in our woods and on the trail to Great Falls National Park, and had been bitten by all of them, but I have never encountered chiggers. Not in our woods, not on hikes to and ...
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Is there any effective repellent against deer flies (Lipoptena cervi)?

Is there any effective repellent against deer flies (Lipoptena cervi)? It should be safe for humans as well as dogs. All related information I could find is about a different deer fly (Chrysops).
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How dangerous is a swarm of bees?

Sometimes, bees will split from a hive, and a bunch of them (including a new queen bee) will swarm, and move to build a new hive. As you can see, there is an awful lot of bees huddled together around ...
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How to fight bugs when hiking?

What's the best way to repel flies and bugs when hiking in summer? Where I hike is not really humid (southern California) but it's hot on summer days and a lot of insects and flies gather around me ...
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Why does burning dung drive away insects?

In season 3, episode 5 of Survivorman, Les Stroud mentions the value of throwing cow dung, or any variety of others, on a fire to drive away insects. And he has "no idea why." Why does this work?
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How to use DEET bug sprays if I have dogs?

DEET is very toxic to dogs. How can I use DEET-based sprays and not poison my dogs? (my dogs often lick me, and they can get poisoned)
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What insect makes this hissing type sound, especially in the summer?

During the summer, I always hear this sound. It's like a long "hissing" sound. I assume that it is some sort of insect that produces this, and it's usually during warmer days. It can be heard all ...
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What to do if you have been stung multiple times by yellow-jackets hours or days from the trailhead?

The Situation: Your party is hours or days from the trailhead, when one of the party stumbles on a yellowjacket nest and is stung multiple times by the tiny fighter aircraft. The person had been ...
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What will this bright green caterpillar with small turquoise spots turn into?

We found this beauty in our yard: It was 10 cm long and it was crawling pretty fast. What made it even more spectacular were the little turquoise spots on it. I suppose it will be a butterfly (but ...
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Stink bug repellent

Does anyone know of an all natural way to get rid of stink bugs? I know they are harmless but, they seem to really like my house. I don't want to kill them, I just want them to go away.
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Is this a dragonfly or a damselfly?

In August of 2015, my husband and I were out for a walk at the Wachusett Reservoir, in Central Massachusetts. It was the same walk, including day and time, as in this question. We stopped at the ...
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Why do different kinds of bug bites itch in different ways?

I have gotten bit by 3 different bugs that have all given me itchy bites but they are oh so different. The most recent one is a tick bite, today is the first time I ever remember having a tick bite. ...
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Are all Ants and Termites edible?

Watching wildlife shows you frequently see omnivores (i.e. bears) eating ants and termites. We have the existing Q&A Eating ants/termites on outdoor expeditions explaining that some ants and ...
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How/why do moths appear to not move for days?

I've noticed that there is a moth on the outside of my apartment door that has been just sitting there for two days now: There is a light outside my apartment door that likely is what attracted this ...
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Does shaving help prevent tick bites?

This one is based on an actual experience - One summer I went on a trail through waist-high grass with a friend. We were both wearing shorts, but my friend had hairy legs, while mine were shaved. ...
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Is Permethrin safe for cats after it dries?

I'm concerned about ticks and want to treat some of my outdoor gear with Permethrin, a spray-on very persistent treatment against ticks and mosquitoes, to reduce the chances that I'll bring home ticks ...
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How can I identify Woolly Adelgid on a Hemlock tree?

Note: An update has been added to this post, and is found below the first set of pictures. I live in Central Massachusetts, in the town of Holden. We're on the border of the large city of Worcester. ...
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“Due to the sheep in the settlement the surrounding area has no mosquitoes”

I was surprised by this Visit Greenland statement on Qassiarsuk: Due to the sheep in the settlement the surrounding area has no mosquitoes. Does that make sense? Is there any reason why the ...
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Under what wilderness conditions is becoming infested with lice a possibility and what precautions should one take to avoid it?

I may have reacted without thinking to the question about dealing with lice because I have never worried about getting lice on a wilderness trip. Upon reflection, I find I am genuinely interested in ...
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How effective is sulfur for delousing my camp?

Sulfur has been used for centuries to get ride of nasty little bugs that infest the warm places we like to sleep. Assuming I have found natural sulfur sources can they be used to effectively and ...
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Screen cover for boat inspection port

Looking for solutions for screen covers for the inspection port on a sunfish. In the Q&A What to look for in Marine Grade Expanding Foams we learn that water in the hull of sunfish can be an ...
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Headlamp and flies

Post-monsoon we have lots of flies and insects in the forests. I was hiking up an easy trail last weekend. It got dark and I still had a couple of hours of walking distance to cover. With no light ...
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How can I capture some really small no-seeums to find out what is plaguing me?

In 2014 I moved to Alaska. After a few days there I started feeling something crawling and flying around my head and neck area. At first I thought I was imagining things because it would only happen ...
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Is this a cockroach? If so, which one?

What species is the following? I assume it is a cockroach, but I am not sure. What is it exactly? I live in South Germany.
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What kind of cockroach is this?

What species is the following cockroach? Is it dangerous, that means is it likely to transport diseases? I live in South Germany.
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How would a dragonfly get to above 13,400 ft (4000m)?

I found this dragonfly, here, at around 13,400 ft. The coordinates are 43°10'52.96"N, 109°39'17.74"W if anyone would like to check the location themselves. It didn't look like it was moving and as ...
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Identification of bugs on porch

What are these bugs on my porch and how can I get rid of them? They latch onto the siding upside-down or sideways and stay there for weeks. I've never seen them move. I noticed they had moved position ...
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What are these strange insect nodules on my front porch?

Twice this summer, I've found some little brown domes / nodules attached to the window sills or the porch railing. They seem to be made by some sort of insect and I think when I removed them, there ...
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Big black bug in Southern Germany

Yesterday we were sitting on a porch and suddenly a wild bug appeared. It was completely black1 and had no horn etc. It just looked like a common bug without any special features. Okay, nothing ...
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What should I do to avoid ticks other than wear particular clothing?

Today I've learnt that one can't vaccinate against Borreliose, also known as Lyme Disease. I've thought that I can't get that (yeah, that was stupid) and so didn't really care about ticks. However, ...
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What is the best way to manage Scottish midges?

I have seen some posts that mention midges and midge spray. I am wild camping in Scotland in August. Should I be worried about them? Is there anything else a part from midge spray I can use to keep ...
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Insect repellent alternative for mosquitos and ticks? [duplicate]

DEET seems to be the main insect repellent that works for pretty much all of the bug world. I just don't care for it, it feels weird, smells weird, and likes to melt stuff. Most the alternatives ...
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Identify what bit me by the mark it left (note: potentially graphic, but also beautiful, photos)

Let's please begin with the understanding that I have already sought and received professional medical advice. Also, about two weeks have passed, my heart and lungs still work and nothing has turned ...
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What built these mud structures (Ohio, USA)?

I found these structures while hiking in Wayne Township, Clermont County, Ohio, USA, on June 7, 2016, at approximately N 39° 12.5 W 084° 04.0. I only had my phone, and not a real camera, so sorry for ...
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Tiny crab/bug in Pacific NW; makes shell out of rocks/sticks. What is it?

We encountered these guys in a small inland (freshwater) creek in southern WA. There were hundreds, covering low flat rocks in the water; every one carrying a shell made out of either tiny rocks, or ...
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Buzzer / chironomid hook size for still water fly fishing

I'm tying buzzer/chironomid flies to use when fishing under a slow retrieve in lakes. I thought that by chironomid we meant midges, and expected flies in sizes 18 to 26, but a lot of the patterns that ...
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Stop insects from flying into my cooldrink?

Often when I go camping, insects like flies fly into my glass. Are there any good ways to stop this? Also, recently someone told me that I could put a pencil on the glass to stop insects. Does it ...
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How effective are mosquito repellents for people who are mosquito magnets?

This question asks "What type of mosquito repellent is the most effective?". It's a great question. Now that we may have an idea about what is best to use, I want to know how effective are even the ...
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Is there a mesh mini-tent on the market that covers head, shoulders and arms, allowing you read comfortably in buggy terrain?

I like to read for a couple of hours after getting into my sleeping bag, and I don't like to use the tent unless the weather is bad. So usually I am lying propped up against my pack (food removed) ...
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Are any natural insect repellents effective against fleas?

Are any natural insect repellents effective against fleas? Although very effective, DEET products are controversial and many people have shied away from their use in favor of natural products with ...
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Are DEET-based insect repellents effective against fleas?

There have been an increase in plague cases in the western United States that have been tied to infected fleas. Dogs and cats have flea repellents available on the market, but I've never seen flea ...
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How to prevent sweat washing off insect repellent?

I just went on a 2 hour hike and was seriously annoyed by many insects that tried to get a bite of me. Through years of experimentation on hikes, I have so far arrived at using a 75% DEET solution ...
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Back country solution to itchy insect bites

On a recent walk I got bitten to death by midgies. I was itching all day until I got home and put some antihistamine cream on them. Is there anything available (plants, etc.) that I could of applied ...
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What are Miner bees, and how do they differ from other bees?

While walking in a state park in New Jersey last week, my husband and I came upon what looked like anthills. This small sign was posted on a nearby tree: "Please don't step on the mounds of dirt. ...