After the recent floods in central Texas this past weekend I noticed my that bedroom has suddenly been infested with these small insects that have climbed in through the window. Previously, the hole in the window was used by ladybugs who hatched larvae in the room (they didn't survive long).

However, these insects have been here for 3 days now. They seem to disappear at odd times during the day (haven't nailed down a pattern yet) and return a bit later. There are roughly 20-30 of them in my room at a given time. They don't do much and seem very uninterested and passive, mostly just flying around or meandering across the walls on and off. Some of them have wings and others do not (that or the wings are hidden and they just aren't using them).

I would like to identify what this insect is so I can find a way to get rid of them. A picture is linked below. Note in the picture that the white-ish segments on the leg are actually closer to yellow in color.

Insect on my wall


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Myodocha serripes


Nice picture! Generally, the body plan of this guy indicates Hemiptera (the 'true' bugs), but the long neck is a bit strange, so a google image search for "Hemiptera + long neck' brought up this strong candidate. It looks like it's distributed in Texas, and is in fact, named for that distinctive neck: "The Long-Necked Seed Bug".

See also the BugGuide.net page for Myodocha

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    $\begingroup$ Nice explanation! :-) $\endgroup$
    – inf3rno
    May 29, 2015 at 15:27
  • $\begingroup$ Great, this is exactly right, thank you! Now to figure out how to get rid of them... $\endgroup$
    – syntonicC
    May 29, 2015 at 15:31
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    $\begingroup$ Well, apparently they come to light and enjoy strawberries... $\endgroup$ May 29, 2015 at 15:35
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    $\begingroup$ @Oreotrephes Turning off the lights for a few days during the evenings and trying to seal the window appears to have helped a lot. They still sneak in through the tiny cracks and imperfections in the window but overall it looks like it's working. $\endgroup$
    – syntonicC
    Jun 2, 2015 at 13:54

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