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Subject: Found some bugs near our dogs bed…help?!?
Location: Northern Virginia/DC
February 4, 2015 10:19 pm
Found about 10 of these guys on the floor near the dog bed. None on the dog, some were dead. Easily visible with the naked eye, medium brown color, and looked like 6 legs with a set of feelers. Teardrop shaped body. Don’t appear to be blood filled. Please help!
Signature: Bugging out in Virginia

Smooth Spider Beetle

Smooth Spider Beetle

Dear Bugging out in Virginia,
This is a Smooth Spider Beetle,
Gibbium aequinoctiale, a common household pest that infests stored foods.  According to BugGuide, they are found:  “Mainly houses, flour mills, occasionally warehouses, hospitals, stores” and they feed upon a “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”  Do you buy bargain bags of dog food?  Was there a bag of dog food near the dog’s bed?  You may want to check the bag for the source of the infestation.

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Subject: Bug found in kitchen
Location: Austin, TX
February 5, 2015 7:01 am
I’ve been getting some kind of bites so I’m trying to find the culprit. Doing all the normal bed bug searching but hopefully another critter is responsible. I found this guy on the kitchen counter.
Signature: Austin guy

Grain Beetle

Grain Beetle

Dear Austin guy,
This looks to us like one of the Grain Beetles in the genus
Oryzaephilus, which includes two species that infest stored foods and have cosmopolitan distributions.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae and adults feed on damaged kernels of stored grains: barley, oats, rice, sunflower seeds, and wheat, plus flour, pasta, breakfast cereals, cake mixes, and various other processed foods” so you may want to check the items in the pantry to locate the source of your infestation.  In our opinion, they have no connection to the bites you are getting.

Will do. Thanks so much for the quick reply. I really appreciate it.

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Subject: WEIRD BUG PLZ READ
Location: Alabama
January 15, 2015 3:16 pm
I found this bug on the wall of my bedroom twice. I was wondering what it was.
Signature: Thanks, Kayla

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Kayla,
We have been away from the office for a week and your email is the first we read.  Your subject line attracted our attention.  This is a common household pest known as a Carpet Beetle Larva.  They will eat many organic substances in the home and they have adapted well to cohabitation with humans, though humans do not benefit from the relationship.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, so they fly outside to mate and then return to the home to lay eggs.
  Carpet Beetles in the imago stage are mostly observed by homemakers dying in windows.

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

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Subject: strange location
Location: Toronto, Ontario
December 9, 2014 11:04 am
Hello!
I’m hoping you can help me identify these two critters. I live on the 28th floor of a condo building in Toronto. I seem to find these bugs all year round. The first I often find near my patio door (both dead and alive…this one was alive until I caught it for the photo op). It crunched when I squished it. Its about the size of a sesame seed.
The second one I found in the bottom of a laundry basket full of dirty laundry, though I feel like I’ve seen them elsewhere before. It was more wriggly and is about the size of a grain of rice.
I should also mention I’ve found little beetles in my cupboard, which I assumed were something like a grain beetle (though a couple were munching on some rogue chocolate the other day). I wasn’t as concerned about them since their location made sense.
Signature: Thanks! Meg

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Meg,
The “wriggly” larva is that of a Carpet Beetle, and since you have reported adult beetles as well, we are presuming that they are the same species.  The adult looks like it might be
Attagenus rufipennis based on this image on BugGuide.  Carpet Beetles are cosmopolitan household pests.  The larvae feed on a variety of organic items found in the home, including stored foods and organic fibers, even wool, fur and feathers.  Adults feed on pollen, so finding them near windows makes perfect sense, as does finding them dead.  Since they can’t get outside to feed, they die seeking the light. 

Carpet Beetle may be Attagenus rufipennis

Carpet Beetle may be Attagenus rufipennis

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Idaho
December 8, 2014 1:40 pm
I was wondering what this bug is. It’s got a hard body it’s mostly black with a tan belt within the belt each side has 3 black spots. I think I might have seen it fly but I’m not sure on that one. I have found 3 landing on my bed and one in my sponge in the kitchen. I have a 5 month old and am wondering if I need to worry or if it’s just a nuisance bug. I live in Idaho if that helps any.
Signature: Andi M

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Andi,
This is a Larder Beetle, a common household pest that infests stored foods.  It is not considered dangerous.

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Subject: Identify Bug
Location: Canada, Ontario
November 23, 2014 7:18 pm
Hello, I hope to hear back from you as i am a little panicked to exactly what this is. I woke up with some type of bite on my arm and then found this little sucker on my wall and want to know what it is, if its harmful, what happens if it bites stuff like that but i can find that out on my own i just really need to know what this bug is!! Thank you for reading this and i hope to hear from you soon :)
Signature: Robyn

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Robyn,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva, a common household pest.  To the best of our knowledge, they do not bite, however we have received comments from people connecting Carpet Beetle Larvae to contact dermatitis and to asthma, but those claims have not substantiated by any medical data to our knowledge.

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