What Kind of Bug Is This?

It's small, glossy, and it's smells horrible when you squish them or swat at them. I've seen then on my mattress and I would like to know what they are and how to get rid of them? They don't seem to bite or fly.

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August 28, 20180 found this helpful

Forgive me. I am not seeing a bug in the photo.without seeing it, I can tell you If the bugs have red discharge when squished, they could be bed bugs.

If they are the size of a quarter and look like small gray tanks and stink when squished they could be stink bugs.

Earwigs give off a bad smell when squished also. They do nothing to human ears despite their name.

Once I see a better pix, I may know more.

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August 31, 20180 found this helpful

Sorry I'm trying to get a better picture they do fly I've recently found out, and do not have a red discharge when squished. I'll get some tape and see if I can trap one they are very small no where near the size of a quarter maybe the width of one, smaller than the head of a Bobby pin

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August 31, 20180 found this helpful

They honestly look like ants but they smell horribly and fly

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August 28, 20180 found this helpful

It may be a stink bug. Seal all cracks in your home. Vacuum them up and dispose of the bag outside.

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August 29, 20180 found this helpful

It appears (on your picture) to be a long "black" bug and may be a (as suggested) an earwig but the picture is not clear enough to really tell for sure.


  • Here are the 3 most smelly bugs so check them out just in case your bug looks like one of these.
  • www.acewalco.com/.../225-don-t-squash-these-3-smelly-pests
  • Here is a link that shows 3 different earwigs so take a look and see if your bugs look like one of these.
  • www.insectidentification.org/earwigs.asp
  • Here is some information about earwigs (just in case this is your bug):
  • Size: 1/4" - 1"
  • The name comes from an old European superstition that these insects enter the ears of sleeping people and bore into the brain. (NOT true.) They exist worldwide. Color varies from pale brown with dark markings to uniformly reddish brown to black, but with paler legs. They have a repugnant odor which is released when they are crushed. They are a pest in flour mills, homes, and nurseries."
  • Earwigs are found mostly outside (they like plants) but will sometimes be inside and seem to like moisture and food.
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  • Here is a link about the earwigs but mainly you just need to try and find where they may be coming from so you can stop the flow. Vacuuming them up seems to be the most recommended solution.
  • If you are seeing a lot of these bugs you might try this solution in a small spray bottle.
  • To make an insecticidal spray, mix equal parts 70 percent alcohol and water.
  • If it happens that your bug does not look like one of the bugs noted then please post a couple of pictures that make the bug large enough to see the legs etc., and someone will try to identify your bug.
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