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DRAFT: Common household bugs

Seems like an article along these lines would be a useful addition--maybe a supplement to the "Most frequently requested IDs" one. The idea is to have a collection of images of species that are often encountered indoors. At some point content can be added with information about each species, but to start off, I've just thrown a bunch of images and names down, and folks can try clicking the 'info' tab on the pages you get to by clicking these thumbnails. Suggestions are welcome. (Please note that my progress will be very sporadic--I don't want anyone to think I'm ignoring their suggestions!)

1. Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
2. Varied Carpet Beetle
3. Larder Beetle
4. American Spider Beetle
5. Black Vine Weevil
6. Drugstore Beetle
1 2 3 4 5 6

1. Meal Moth
2. Indian Meal Moth
3. Casemaking Clothes Moth
4. Webbing Clothes Moth
1 2 3 4

1. Fruit Fly
2. Scuttle Fly
3. Cluster Fly
4. Dark-winged Fungus Gnat
5. House Fly
6. Flesh Fly
7. Fliter Fly / Moth Fly
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

True Bugs
1. Western Conifer Seed Bug
2. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
3. Eastern Boxelder Bug
4. Masked Hunter Nymph
5. Bed Bug
1 2 3 4 5

1. Little Black Ant
2. Argentine Ant
3. Black Carpenter Ant
4. Odorous House Ant
1 2 3 4

1. Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus fuscus)
2. Carpet Beetle (Attagenus)
3. Household Casebearer Moth
4. Indian Meal Moth
1 2 3 4

Miscellaneous Insects
1. Green Lacewing
2. Camel Cricket
3. Common Silverfish
4. Booklouse
5. Cat Flea
6. Termite
1 2 3 4 5 6

Spiders and Other Arthropods
1. Common House Spider
2. Long-bodied Cellar Spider
3. Longlegged Sac Spider
4. House Centipede
5. House Pseudoscorpion
6. European Sowbug (also see other woodlice)
7. Springtail
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Some notes for when I get around to adding content to this article:

The Golden Guide to Insect Pests lists the following ants as household pests: odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile), thief ants (Solenopsis molesta), pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharaonis), crazy ants (Paratrechina longicornis), cornfield ants (Lasius alienus), southern fire ants (Solenopsis xyloni).

4 species of cockroaches are common household pests: German (Blattella germanica), oriental (Blatta orientalis), brown-banded (Supella supellectilium), and American (Periplaneta americana).

Little house fly (Fannia canicularis) - we have no confirmed images for this species

Et cetera: firebrat (Thermobia domestica), european earwig, house cricket, field cricket, Parajulus impressus millipede

The following is Eric Eaton's comment on controlling carpet beetles, cut and pasted from another page:
"Do not employ an extermination service, or use chemicals. They are surprisingly immune to things like mothballs and moth crystals for example. Find the infested item(s) and discard them. Since the larvae feed on dried animal products, check the pet food, cured meats, taxidermy mounts, insect collection (you mean you don't have one?:-), wool garments and blankets, furs, and silks, etc. Store all vulnerable foodstuffs, including pet food, in glass or metal containers with tight-fitting lids. Store woolens, furs, and silks in a cedar chest, as cedar has proven repellent qualities. If you can't bear to part with an item, put it through a freezing and thawing cycle of about two weeks each, over about a month, to ensure no eggs will still be viable."

1. add cigarette beetle as well as drugstore beetle (easily confused)

2. add Cryptophagus beetles (I've had these in almost every home I've lived in)

3. the scaly cricket Hoplosphyrum boreale is extremely common around Los Angeles in particular, I see them indoors often.

consider adding...

pretty sure there are several other spider species that are common in homes, too -- hope our spider experts come up with some suggestions

Will it include spiders?
That might need to be a whole different article in and of itself.

Don't know if you would want to add this or not but V. germanica are often found in attics and wall voids.

Reduvius personatus, esp. nymphs...
...would be a helpful addition -- people often ask about them
I'd also suggest adding a couple of stinkbugs and camel crickets who, just like the Multicolored ALB, tend to invade houses, garages &c later in the season. Woodlice are very common in unfinished basements. Black Vine Weevil is a very common visitor of ground-level premises, too.

Good start.
I apologize for not complimenting you sooner:-) I would also add: springtails (whatever the common household varieties are), moth flies, dark-winged fungus gnats, phorid flies (scuttle flies). I get asked about all of those quite a bit. Keep up the great work.

I don't run into most of those, so when I get around to adding them I'll need somebody to verify that the ones I've added are species that actually turn up in houses regularly.

It's best not to have several per line: depending on the window size, either a thumbnail or a caption is likely to wrap to the next line without its counterpart. The result is a jumble that looks messy and makes no sense.

Non-breaking space
I think if the space between the thumb and the caption is relaced with a Non-breaking space, the 2 will be bound together and fill and wrap as wide as the window allows.

Non-breaking space
How do I make one? I know just barely enough HTML code to get by...

Non-breaking space
Replace all of the normal space characters between the thumb and the name with these six characters   Normally a browser will break a line as needed to fit the window, but that special sequence tells the browser "don't break here", so the two joined items should stay together. Also any spaces in a name will need to be replaced with   TOO! This will keep the parts of the name joined. I can't promise that it will work with thumbs, but I think it is worth a try.
Then you can remove all of your line breaks and just let the browser break where needed.
Normall spaces between the end of a name and the next bug thumb.

Oh well.
Doesn't seem to work with thumbs. I'll have to figure something else out.
Do you (or anyone) know how Christopher got several lines of text to appear next to each image here? I didn't see anything obvious in the source code.

float:left; would do it.
The code for a normal image:
<img src="" width="125" height="93" />

Add style="float:left;" to the image code. The result:

<img src="" width="125" height="93" style="float:left;" />

Then simply add text directly underneath the image code and it should look like this:

This sample text wraps around an image.

(I added a border around the image and made it a link so it looks more like a thumb.)

Also, this is not how the other forum you referred to did the code, but this is the more modern way to do it.

Moth articles
You could just get rid of the names and do it with all thumbs like the moth articles in this forum. Let the user click a thumb to find out what it is.

I think
that's probably what I'll do ultimately, and that will maximize how many images the user can see at once. Interesting that it's working on your computer though.

It did work
The initial problem was "depending on the window size, either a thumbnail or a caption is likely to wrap to the next line without its counterpart". Now (at least on my system) the thumbs and the names associated with them stay together. It looks like you still have a few hard crlf, but it is better than before.

Good to know.
That hadn't occurred to me, since I have a pretty wide-screened computer and always have the window maximized.

Others encountered frequently in my house at different seasons:
mosquitos, dermestid larvae, "boxelder bugs", and small dark weevils at or close to the "strawberry weevil". A photo of the "yellow sac spider" (not uncommon in homes) is useful as it can deliver a mild venomous bite.

more common household critters
I now see that larvae of dermestids (carpet beetles) are represented. Three other groups overlooked: Ants (red vs black), Flea (around furniture especially when there's dog or cat resident), various tiny grain weevils (especially with storage of 'organic' grains). Finally, "Bed Bugs" are getting more common in homes across the country.

Do you know the species names of the most common household ants? I guess Monomorium minimum is one of them?

The ant I encounter most often is the odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile). Royal pain to get rid of.

Ant -
at least out here in CA, THE household ant is Linepithema humile (Argentine Ant).

Household ant names
I don't know off hand without more checking; not my area of expertise.
I recall there being at least a couple species of both smaller red and larger black types indoors - probably depends somewhat on geographic region. "Termites" just now occurred to me as something seen in and around wood buildings (more in south?). I'm sure BugGuide experts will fill us in.

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