Subject: Is this a Bed Bug?
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne UK
December 9, 2014 12:46 pm
I have noticed some bites on my legs after a night sleep. It repeated a few times, very itchy and in a specific pattern. From what I read the pattern of bites is like a bed bug bites (in 3 and in lines or triangles). So I decided to get a professional because I couldn’t find anything myself. A person came to view the problem but found nothing. Used his pest liquid in the main areas where supposedly bed bugs are. After a night sleep I had no bites but I found that bug under the mattress. It did not move. I took a picture for the pest control professional but he couldn’t identify the bug. It is around 2mm long. Can you please help me?
This is most definitely not a Bed Bug. This looks to us like some species of Beetle, but we are uncertain how to classify it according to family. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist us in this identification.
Update: Plaster Beetle
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash of Insetologia, we now know that this is a Plaster Beetle in the family Latridiidae. According to the Natural History Museum site: “It’s a latridiid beetle (Coleoptera: Latridiidae) – aka Plaster beetles. Adults feed on minute fungal spores and are usually found in conditions that are damp. They are a fairly frequent contaminant in shipped goods where the boards on the floor of the shipping container are infested with these beetles. They are not harmful in any way – won’t eat your carpets or floorboards etc. Doesn’t look dissimilar to Eufallia sp.” More information on Plaster Beetles or Minute Brown Scavenger Beetles is available on BugGuide.