Subject: unwanted house guest
Location: northeast Alabama
October 17, 2013 6:48 am
I have been finding these little guys every morning for about two Weeks. They will be lying at random places throughout the house. The first few I thought (ah,a bug got in from outside.) Now finding four to five every morning i’m thinking (uh, we got a problem). They resemble a false blister beatle, but have orange legs along with the orange neck. With a black body and black head and long orangish antennas. And measure about an inch long. Any help would be appreciated.
Signature: unhappy hostess
Dear unhappy hostess,
As unwanted visitors go, you could do much worse than this False Bombardier Beetle. According to BugGuide, the False Bombardier Beetles in the genus Galerita: “eat other insects, especially caterpillars.” BugGuide also notes they are found in: “Open woodlands, under stones, leaves. Come to lights, sometimes wander into houses.” Perhaps you have a light near where they are finding access and you should consider keeping that light off at night. False Bombardier Beetles do possess chemical defenses, but they pose no serious threat to humans or pets.
Subject: Found it!
October 19, 2013 9:29 am
Found it, False Bombardier Beetle. Makes sense.
Your website was the only thing I found helpful!!!
Signature: Kim E.
Thank you! I actually had figured it out after sending you this message thanks to your page. It was the only page I found helpful! Thanks again so much!