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13-Apr-2007, 01:05 PM #1
Can anyone help me with bugs (may be Silverfish)
I've been finding these bugs in my apartment lately. Anyway, I figured they were silverfish but now I'm not so sure. Here is a link to Wikipedia that contains a picture of a silverfish. I'm hoping that someone might be able to tell me what these things are. Here is the link to Silverfish:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish

My bugs are about one inch in length and they have two long antennae at the front about 0.75 inches long and a tail (in the back, duh!) about 0.50 inches long. They are light brown on the top but white on the bottom. They have about 15 legs on each side (for a total of about 30 legs). I'm guessing they are not Silverfish because unlike the info from the link, they have no silver color and they have way too many legs. Silverfish only have about 6 legs and are silvery colored.

The bugs I've been finding can be killed by freezing them. About one hour in the freezer (in a tupperware container) and they are dead. I suppose it could be shorter than 60 minutes. That's just what worked for me.

Can anyone tell me what kind of bug they could be?
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13-Apr-2007, 01:24 PM #2
They can also be firebrats....here is a link

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2108.html
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13-Apr-2007, 01:26 PM #3
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My bugs are about one inch in length and they have two long antennae at the front about 0.75 inches long and a tail (in the back, duh!) about 0.50 inches long. They are light brown on the top but white on the bottom. They have about 15 legs on each side (for a total of about 30 legs). I'm guessing they are not Silverfish because unlike the info from the link, they have no silver color and they have way too many legs. Silverfish only have about 6 legs and are silvery colored.
Maybe they are a type of millipede
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13-Apr-2007, 01:30 PM #4
You might want to take a magnifying glass, and look at the frozen ones, and see if there are only six true legs....also try to see if there is segmentation of the body....3 segments are an insect. I would lay it on its back.
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13-Apr-2007, 01:36 PM #5
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My bugs are about one inch in length and they have two long antennae at the front about 0.75 inches long and a tail (in the back, duh!) about 0.50 inches long. They are light brown on the top but white on the bottom. They have about 15 legs on each side (for a total of about 30 legs).
if they do have that many legs, then they're centipedes....i've never heard of an infestation of them in a house, tho

but somebody else has


http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...festation.html

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13-Apr-2007, 01:44 PM #6
Here is another centipede link

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...icial%26sa%3DG

The one in the image has 15 legs on each side.......right on iltos....you got it
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13-Apr-2007, 04:06 PM #7
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I've been finding these bugs in my apartment lately. Anyway, I figured they were silverfish but now I'm not so sure. Here is a link to Wikipedia that contains a picture of a silverfish. I'm hoping that someone might be able to tell me what these things are. Here is the link to Silverfish:
taking the picture of the insect in question and posting it in your reply would be appreciated.

can you take a picture of it with your digital camera?

if you have one of course.

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13-Apr-2007, 04:38 PM #8
If they're an inch long they're definitely not silverfish, which are no longer than half inch - at least in the UK - and are nippy little nuisances usually found where it's damp.
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14-Apr-2007, 07:17 AM #9
They're not firebrats.

I don't have a digital camera.

I've only seen 3 of them in the past 3 weeks. So I don't think it's an infestation.

I'll save the next one and try to take a picture.
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14-Apr-2007, 11:01 AM #10
Do they look like the centipede Max
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14-Apr-2007, 11:07 AM #11
Everything you ever wanted to know about those pests.............

" Identification

Silverfish and firebrats have flat, elongated bodies 1/3 to 3/4 inch long and broad near the head, tapering toward the rear-somewhat "carrot" shaped. These fragile, wingless insects are covered with scales and have two long, slender antennae at the head and three long, antennae-like appendages at the rear. These three appendages, one directed straight back and the other two curving outward, plus the two antennae, are nearly as long as the body. Sometimes these insects are known as "bristletails."

The silverfish adult is about 1/2 inch long with a uniform silvery or pearl-gray color, whereas the four-lined silverfish is about 5/8 inch long and the back displays four dark lines the length of the body. The gray silverfish is about 3/4 inch long and uniform light to dark gray. The firebrat is about 1/2 inch long, grayish and mottled with spots and bands of dark scales. Young resemble the adults except they are smaller. Eggs are whitish, oval and about 1/32 inch long. "

http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com/silverfish.htm

Here's another link with lots of pics............
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/silver.html
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14-Apr-2007, 11:11 AM #12
He says they have 15 legs on each side Guy...
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14-Apr-2007, 11:17 AM #13
Here s a common house centipede from one of the links I provided above....is it fluffy and transluscent like this Max?
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14-Apr-2007, 11:18 AM #14
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He says they have 15 legs on each side Guy...
Ah ha ! I missed that part. Then they have to be some sort of millipede or centipede. Sucks to be him right now. I hate bugs in the house. We got an infestation from a box of cereal a few months back and ended up throwing out a pile of food. They managed to get into everything, even chewed through plastic bags and such like. They were tiny things about 1/8" long and I never did ID them. Now anything dry goes into a sealed container of some sort as soon as we get it home and those cost us a pile of dough.
Here's some info on millipede's / centipedes.
http://www.gardensafari.net/english/centipedes.htm
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Everything you ever wanted to know about those pests.............
I take it you are not a bug enthusiast
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