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

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Is this a Tick or a spider? [duplicate]

I live in Lubbock, Texas and have never seen a tick in my life. I just moved to a town house that is more outside of town, so there are several cotton fields close by. I have a small dog who is on ...
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Is there data on how the 17-year cicada population (Brood X) emergence affects other species?

I live in Northern Virginia, the portion of Virginia that abuts DC and Maryland. We had a particularly large emergence of 17-year Brood X cicadas this past summer (summer 2021). I was here for the ...
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What type of ladybug is this?

I found this insect, whatever it is, at first I thought it was a ladybug. But I think it's a carpet beetle. What does it eat? It doesn't eat raisins. And it's trying to escape. How can I make a ...
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What kind of bug is this on my bed

Does anyone know what kind of bugs these are? I have only seen them twice on my bed but it only happens to be when I bring my dog inside.
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What Bug is this? Is it a Flea / Bedbug / Chigger / Mite?

I see these very tiny bugs on my walls at home. They are so small that it is very hard to notice unless you are extremely close to the wall and focus at a point. I was able to take a few photos. These ...
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Do people have different reactions to biting insects from different regions?

I grew up in the U.K., but I moved (aged 34) to German three years ago. I fully understand that this may be solely my personal experience, but biting insects seem to affect me more strongly here than ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

In countryside (rural) tourism, especially when it is single or few houses somewhere in the middle of nowhere (woods), instead of having a water system including proper bathroom one sometimes gets a ...
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What specific species of grasshopper is this, and is it an invasive species that I should kill?

I just discovered a huge (6-8 cm, ~3 inches) insect in our potted Astilbe plant. As far as I can tell it's a grasshopper but I don't know which kind exactly. From what I can find in the Dutch species ...
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What bug is this behind my drapes?

I decided to wash my drapes and when I looked behind the couch and the drapes I found a ton of these bugs. I'm freaking out that I might have a tick infestation. What are these bugs? Can they climb ...
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Overtreated a backpacking outfit with permethrin. Safe to wear?

I purchased a spray-bottle of Sawyer 0.5% permethrin to treat some of my clothing in preparation for a backpacking trip. The spray nozzle turns out to have been quite a bit more generous than I ...
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Is there any repellent against cicadas?

I'd like to prepare for an oncoming emergence of cicadas. I saw one article say the following: Cicadas sometimes confuse the vibrations of power tools with the vibrations of the males. As a result, ...
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My bees have a mite infestation but not sure whether they are Varroa Mites

There is a slight infestation of a type of mites (I'm not sure whether they are Varroa Mites). I would like to seek some expert opinion regarding this kind of mites that take over in the bee colony. ...
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Rid your tent of insect stowaways

I recently unpacked a tent and discovered a dead scorpion. It apparently was folded into the tent on the previous hiking trip in Arizona. I always shake the tent to rid it of dirt prior to folding ...
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Found these bugs in bed, not sure what they are?

I found these bugs in the morning, my dogs bed is on our bed and he has a lot more in his bed than ours. He does not have any on his body so I decided to exclude fleas. They look like pieces of lint ...
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What is this bug please? species-identification

Hi, just found this bug and was curious if it was a tick or a beetle? Found on a bedroom pillow, Quebec, Canada, about 1cm long Thank you!!
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What type of wasp or bee is this?

I've seen bird & animal watching and behaviour is listed among the accepted topics. The question is maybe borderline, but I haven't found another stackexchange site for it. Please, feel free to ...
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Identify this insect found indoors in Ireland with a double tail and antennae

About 6 months ago I noticed a new friend in my apartment. It lived in my bathroom and only came out during the night (not sure how it knows when it is nighttime if there are no windows in the ...
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What coastal creature leaves braid-like trace that has clear landing and take off points?

June 29 around 8 PM EST (within 40 minutes after downpour) the depicted trace was found in swash zone at Jacob Riis Park in NY. For reference the boot size is 12.
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Where did all the stink bugs go?

I live near Pittsburgh PA, and I just saw a stink bug, possibly the first one I have seen all year. In the last couple of years they have been a major pest. Now they seem to be mostly gone. Where ...
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What attracts Spotted Lanternflies?

Where I work, there is a rather large population of Spotted Lanternflies around our office building. From what I've read, they are considered invasive species and quite a problem this year in ...
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What is this red bug infesting some trees in southern Germany?

I've just recently moved to Europe (southern Germany), so this might be a common sight to someone who has been living here for longer. Yesterday I noticed dozens of these insects walking on the ...
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When do insects normally hatch from insect houses?

I have a bug house and it looks as if several insects have laid in the house over the spring/summer. All of the bamboo seems to be clogged up and has been for a couple of months. Are there still ...
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Effective black fly repellent

I am looking for solutions on how to effectively repel black flies while hiking or picnicking. In my experience, repellents that are effective against mosquitoes do not work at all with these ankle-...
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What is this tiny round shiny black bug that bites?

Can anyone tell me what type of bug this is? I found two of them in my bed in Tennessee, United States. It's not a tick. The shell is hard. It was alive and you could see it moving. It's .016", ...
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How well do mosquito clothing patches work?

They are said to be little patches that simply stick onto clothing, lasting for 12 hours. They are made from "natural ingredients" and DEET-free so I have my doubts. How well do they work?
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Using paddles to support a bug net

Would it be possible to use canoe paddles - and eventually some cords and beach stakes - to hang a bug net such as this? Our paddles will be about 2 meters (6.5 feet) long and can be split in half, ...
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Is this tick or spider?

I found this bug in my back yard and walls outside of my house. Can you help me identify? I was worried if this is a tick.
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What kind of spider is this half dollar sized brown one with a darker brown body and a lighter brown strip down its back?

I found this spider yesterday running across a sidewalk next to a canal, it was bigger than a quarter and I think it was carrying an egg sack. Does anybody know what kind of spider this is?
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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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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. ...