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help!! bedbugs? body lice? help please!!
Location: southern Maryland
August 5, 2011 5:29 pm
Please help, my husband’s niece house sit for us & the next day after being home we found all these little bugs on top of the bed. We thought they were baby dog ticks round & black grey in color. We vacuumed them up & stripped the bed. The next day we came home to them on the bed again & I went into overdrive cleaning, even encased our bed. I have bites on my, neck, shoulders & around hairline. My husband & daughter have no signs….I. have checked our heads for lice & nothing!! I am losing my mind over this & getting tired of our nightly ritual of bed cleaning. We live in southern Maryland. I am also submitting a pic of a black bug we have seen a lot of, that bug is upside down in the pic….thank you!!
Signature: desperately need help

Thing found on the bed

Dear desperately need help,
We cannot make out any details in the thing you found on the bed.  Did they move?  Are you certain they were living things?  We sometimes get reports of Tropical Fowl Mites or Tropical Rat Mites entering homes and biting the occupants, but this generally happens if there was a bird nest on the roof or a rat’s nest the attic, and the occupants “flew the coop”, leaving nothing else for the Mites to feed upon.  Again, we cannot make out any details in your photo to be certain.  Here is a link to Biting Mites in the home from CityBugs website.  The second creature is a Grain Weevil, and it may be infesting stored grain products in the pantry or pet foods including bird seed.  You will need to find the source of the infestation to eliminate that problem.  Just discard the infested food products.  Here is a recent posting on Grain Weevils.

Grain Weevil

help!!! bedbugs? body lice? please help
Location: southern maryland
August 6, 2011 1:33 am
Thank you for responding so quickly! The weivels are an easy fix. The bugs found on bed were alive. At first glance it looked like dirt & then I did think were dead….but they moved very slowly. Sort of just pulling themselves along with their very tiny (many) legs. I took a couple of more pics, hope they help. Also the one in the pic seems to be dried up kind of shriveled…probably from one the many products I used. However my itching has not subsided. Thank you again!
Signature: desperately need help

Unidentified Bed Thing is probably Tick Larva

Hi again desperately need help,
We are sorry, but we cannot tell what this is.  It might be a Mite.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide some information.


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Need This Bug Identified, Please
Location: Western New York State
July 8, 2011 7:02 am
Hi! I’m glad I stumbled upon your site. I’m having a problem this year with these particular bugs (beetles, perhaps?) in my home. Once, wandering around in the bathtub and three times scooting around on the kitchen floor. I’ve never seen these before, well, at least not IN my house! What exactly am I dealing with here?
Signature: Betty

Yellow Mealworm Beetle

Hi Betty,
Check the pantry.  This looks like an adult Yellow Mealworm beetle,
Tenebrio molitor.  The larvae are often sold in pet stores as live food for lizards and other small carnivorous pets.  The larvae will also infest stored foods like cereals and grains.  There may be a box of long expired food on the back shelf in the pantry that is hosting a thriving Mealworm population.  Not eating your oatmeal fast enough?  You can verify this identification on BugGuide.

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Tiny Black Beetle Like Bug
Location: Southern California (Huntington Beach .5 mile from beach)
June 16, 2011 6:17 pm
It is a tiny black bug (less than cenitimeter) that looks simliary to an Emperor Beetle. They are numerous and come out from under the stove and stairs. Exterminator did not know what it was.
Signature: What does this mean?

Grain Weevils

I figured it out.  It was a weevil.  No need for your assistance.  Thank you,

The signature on our form is the place you put the name you would like to be posted with your letter.  Some people provide their entire given name, and others prefer to sign with initials.  Some of our readers provide a clever moniker in that field.  You do have an infestation, but we would strongly urge you not to hire an exterminator.  You have Grain Weevils, and you need to find the source of the infestation.  Tenting your home will not help with this problem.  Grain Weevils often infest birdseed, and pet food, so if you have bargain size items that you have not used up in a timely manner, the Grain Weevils may be reproducing there.  They will also infest a wide variety of stored grain products, including big bags of rice.  Check the pantry thoroughly.  Once you find the food source and eliminate it, things should be fine.  Food products often have an expiration date, and at least once a year, you should make an effort to remove old boxes of cookies and crackers and similar items from the kitchen shelves.

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Annual bug ID needed.
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
June 16, 2011 8:27 am
These little beetle-like bugs seem to appear annually in our urban Philadelphia home.
We often see them on their backs, seemingly unable to right themselves. They crawl around otherwise, and we’ve never seen them fly, so I don’t think their capable of flight.
They appear for a month or so, then we don’t see them again for a year.
Thanks for any info you can provide.
Signature: Phrantic in Philly

Maybe Black Carpet Beetle

Dear Phrantic in Philly,
These annual household intruders resemble Black Carpet Beetles, but the photo quality is not ideal.  It seems there is some discrepancy with the shape of the prothorax and the antennae, but we are not certain.  We have requested assistance from Eric Eaton.  Meanwhile, you may read about Black Carpet Beetles on BugGuide.  Black Carpet Beetles are sometimes called Fur Beetles because the larvae damage fur and hide objects, and they can do considerable damage to museum collections.

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Another Ham Beetle?
Location: Outside Anchorage, Alaska
June 10, 2011 7:40 pm
You might hear enough of this, but thank you as always for the friendly and open nature of this website and the easy search engine you have for the fans.
To the point, however; out at a cabin near Anchorage, Alaska, my parents discovered a few beetles on top of their bed and on the windowsill. As they shooed the ones they found outside, I caught one on a book I carry around just for moments like this. The attached photo shows the beetle crawling over the millimeter ruler on the back page, clearly defining its length and providing a fairly good backdrop for close-up examination.
This is where WTB comes in. I had been looking around in bug books for Alaska on just what this beetle might be, until I remember coming to What’s That Bug a while ago with a spider from Bavaria. Using your search engine and getting lucky with a very recent post, I spotted another Alaskan with a similar-looking beetle. I now presume that what I found was a Ham Beetle, and not the Spruce Bark Beetle we feared it was.
Yet again however, I leave the final judging to the friendly experts.
Have fun on your vacation
Signature: Zachary Boyden

Black Carpet Beetle

Dear Zachary,
Thanks for your confidence in us.  We actually believe this is a Black Carpet Beetle,
Attagenus unicolor, a common household pest.  We are going to try to get a second opinion on this identification, meanwhile, you can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.

Eric Eaton Confirms ID
Sure looks like it to me, Daniel.  Welcome back!

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Small Dark Red Tick-like Bug
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
May 4, 2011 9:28 am
I’ve found 3 of these bugs in my house within the last month (2 in a bathtub and 1 in a closet), but never before. Maybe it’s the warm weather? I thought they were ticks, I have two cats, but their extremely brittle/fragile. I killed the only live one I’ve found by accident when trying to trap it. They have a bulbous body that’s dark red, so I thought it would store blood, but it’s hollow and I can see through it. Thanks for your help and time!
Signature: TC

Spider Beetles

Dear TC,
You have Spider Beetles, a common pest of stored foods.  Check the pantry for the source of the infestation.

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