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Subject: please identify this bug
Location: sheffield uk
April 20, 2016 1:09 am
Hi I have been finding these insects in my newly built house, and really need to know what they are and how to remove them, can u help?! Thanks
Signature: stacey

Possibly Flour Beetle

Possibly Flour Beetle

Dear Stacey,
Small beetles like this found in the home are generally either wood boring species or pantry pests.  We believe your individual is a Flour Beetle in the genus
Tribolium.  According to Pied Piper:  “Both the confused and red flour beetles, known as “bran bugs,” primarily attack milled grain products, such as flour and cereals. Both adults and larvae feed on grain dust and broken kernels, but not the undamaged whole grain kernels. These beetles often hitchhike into the home in infested flour and can multiply into large populations. Some survive on food accumulations in cabinet cracks, crevices, and furniture. Confused flour beetles are the most abundant and injurious insect pest of flour mills in the U.Kingdom, United States and Australia. They do not bite or sting humans or pets, spread disease, or feed on or damage the house or furniture.  In addition to milled grain products, beetle specimens have been found in barley, breakfast cereals, corn, cornmeal, crackers, flour, millet, oats, rice, rye, wheat and wheat bran, nutmeats, dried fruits, legume seeds, beans, milk chocolate, cottonseed, peas, powdered milk, sunflower seeds, vetch seeds, spices, herbarium and museum specimens” so you may want to check the pantry for the site of the infestation.

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Subject: Can’t find this bug online anywhere
Location: Western West Virginia
April 11, 2016 3:02 pm
I have found several of these bugs in my bedroom. They appear to have wings and/or are able to jump. I’m not sure which. They may bite or that may be entirely psychological on my part. They are small and oval. About the size of a ball point pen head brown-black with black spots. Usually find them one at a time and haven’t been able to find their nest if they have one or any larva. Please help. Thank you.
Signature: Katelyn

Possibly Asian Carpet Beetle

Possibly Asian Carpet Beetle

Dear Katelyn,
At first we thought this might be a Varied Carpet Beetle, a species we have posted to our site eight times since the beginning of March, but when we reread your written description, we realized it is a smaller species, possibly the Asian Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus coloratus, which according to BugGuide is 1.5–2.5 mm. while the larger Varied Carpet Beetle is 1.7-3.5 mm by BugGuide‘s reckoning.  Carpet Beetles in general are among out Top 10 identification requests.

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Subject: Leaving Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas
April 10, 2016 9:49 am
We found 3 of these bugs in our suitcase as we were leaving Las Vegas this weekend. Please help us identify.
Signature: Matt

Sawtooth Grain Beetle

Sawtooth Grain Beetle

Dear Matt,
We believe this is a Sawtooth Grain Beetle,
Oryzaephilus surinamensis, one of numerous species of small, brown beetles that infest stored foods.  Compare your individual to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, it is a “serious pest of stored grain; presence in household products is incidental and causes little concern; does not attack unbroken grain, but uses small lesions on the surface to gain entrance.”

Looks like a perfect match.  Thank you so much for the quick response.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: NYC, Manhattan
April 10, 2016 9:28 am
Hi Bugman –
I stumbled upon your website when I decided to do a little detective work to identify a bug I have encountered several times in my apartment.
I live in NYC, in a high rise on the 35th floor. I have found this type of bug more than once in my bathtub. It has a rounded body, though it looks sort of oblong in the photo. It’s very small – smaller than an adult bedbug, and quite fast, so the pictures are not as clear as they could be.
I though it could be a juvenile cockroach but I have seen those and they are quite a bit flatter. This bug has a substantial, rounded backside. It’s abdomen resembles that of a black widow spider but this is clearly not a spider. Any thoughts?
So curious! Your help will be appreciated.
Signature: Tommy G

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Dear Tommy,
This is a Spider Beetle in the subfamily Ptininae.  Though your images lack critical detail, we believe this is a Smooth Spider Beetle,
Gibbium aequinoctiale, and according to BugGuide, they are found in “Mainly houses, flour mills, occasionally warehouses, hospitals, stores” where they feed upon a “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”  You should check the pantry for the site of the infestation.

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Subject: Carpet beetle?
Location: Morristown, NJ usa
April 9, 2016 2:27 pm
Hello,
I’ve been noticing tons of these little guys over the past few weeks, mostly on my bedroom window cill but sometimes crawling on the walls of my bedroom. They seem to come out on very sunny days. I live in New Jersey in a wood construction condo building on the third floor. The windows are old and I’m sure have plenty of tiny cracks in them from the direct sunlight and weather over the years. Would appreciate if someone could identify the bug I’ve been seeing. Thanks!
Signature: Nicole

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Nicole,
You are correct.  This is a Varied Carpet Beetle.

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Subject: Found where cat sleeps
Location: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
April 4, 2016 1:21 am
I went to my mother’s and saw a bug on her blanket ahhh I am thinking it’s a carpet beetle. She never NEVER vaccums so I’m certain this is it because she said she’s never been bit by them. Scary saw 2 yesterday flushed them then 2 more today, probably would have found more had I searched but I’m freaked out by infestations but here’s my question ahhhh my dog has been there and at my house can she spread them I vaccum almost everyday anyway but I may just go to town on every inch of everywhere more often aghhhghhhhh (ironically I stressed about the loose hair and basically dirt on her back from the dirty house before I found these bugs) it is spring but still pretty cold snowed a few days ago. Just assumed it was that bug seeing the pictures.
Signature: Ugh this sucks

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

You are correct that this is a Carpet Beetle.  Carpet Beetle Larvae will feed on shed pet hair that accumulates, and perhaps your mother has just decided that she wants to lower her carbon footprint by not using the electricity needed to run a vacuum as long as the Carpet Beetle Larvae are eating the shed pet hair.  Now, regarding your own fears, we doubt that your dog has transported any Carpet Beetle infestation to your own, obviously very clean home.  Since adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, and larvae feed on accumulated organic matter in the home, adults generally depart from the home by seeking egress at windows and doors.  Similarly, the adult Carpet Beetles will enter homes and procreate if there is a likely food source.  Though your mother’s home seems like it will be able to provide nourishment for future generations of Carpet Beetles, your own home does not seem like a hospitable environment for them if they cannot find food.  Though we refrain from giving health advice as we haven’t the necessary credentials, it does seem like your stress regarding an imagined infestation in your home is more detrimental to your health than your mother’s more mellow attitude about cleaning is to her health.

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