Subject: What Bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Westchester, New York, USA
Time: 05:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi There,
I was hoping you could help identify this. My sister works in a historic house. These bugs were found living in the rolled up carpets in the house. They did not seem to be eating the carpet. They were found last week and they are a little bigger than a deer tick.
How you want your letter signed: AL
This is a Spider Beetle in the genus Mezium, probably the Shiny Spider Beetle which is pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide, Spider Beetles feed on “dry stored products.” Though they generally infest stored foods, they might also feed on organic fibers in carpets.