Subject: What am I? I scared the people around me!
Geographic location of the bug: San Francisco, CA USA
Time: 04:22 AM EDT
Hello, I found this bug crawling across my bathroom floor. I poured 70% alcohol over it and that stopped it. I took this picture after it dried. It is about a 1/2 cm. Should I be scared? Do you think he was alone…
How you want your letter signed: Thank you very much, Rick
This is a harmless (to humans), predatory Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae. As Ground Beetles go, it is a small individual, with Caterpillar Hunters reaching about an inch and a half in length. In our opinion, pouring alcohol on a harmless creature is Unnecessary Carnage.
Thank you for your quick response. Point taken. When I saw, what I now know to be a beetle, I called in my roommate. He thought it was a bed bug– and we did kill it. When we looked up close, we figured out it probably wasn’t a bed bug, but still didn’t know if it might be dangerous. Now we know.