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Subject:  What Bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Westchester, New York,  USA
Date: 01/28/2018
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

Shiny Spider Beetle

Dear 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.

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Subject:  What kind of bug and is it dangerous?
Geographic location of the bug:  Split, Croatia, Europe
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 06:05 AM EDT
Hi, this little bug is about 0,5 cm large and kids constantly find it in their room. It is fall now, winter soon, but the bugs are present whole year. What kind is it and is it dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  Irena V.

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Irena,
This is a Carpet Beetle larva, a common cosmopolitan pest found in homes.  They will feed on many organic materials found in the home, including shed pet hair and wool rugs.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the month when we are away for the holidays.

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Subject:  bugs found on carpet
Geographic location of the bug:  seattle
Date: 10/07/2017
Time: 11:02 PM EDT
One bedroom is a mess, lots of clothes and other stuff on the floor. Found small pillbug type bugs 1cm or so in size.  What are they?
Picture is on wide rule paper.
How you want your letter signed:  Sue

Carpet Beetle Larvahouse

Dear Sue,
This is a Carpet Beetle larva, a common cosmopolitan household pest that will feed on many organic things in the home, including pet food, cookie crumbs and shed pet hair.

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Subject: Museum pest or not?
Location: Big Bend region of Texas (Fort Davis)
July 7, 2017 7:12 am
Greetings,
These beetles just showed up in our IPM traps in one of our furnished historic houses & we are trying to identify. Could these be varied carpet beetles? Staff here is divided on whether these are this dreaded museum pest. In consulting various museum pest websites, these specimens do not exactly match the posted images but also look close enough to cause concern. They are quite small – 2-3mm and have mostly been caught at traps located at entrance/exit doors. We found your website & hope you may be able to help. The pictures are the best ones we could take & hopefully, are clear enough to allow identification. Thank you.
Signature: Jennifer

Carpet Beetles

Dear Jennifer,
The quality of your image is quite poor, but these are unmistakably Carpet Beetles.

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Subject: A beetle?
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 29, 2017 10:08 am
I found this bug in my bedroom and let it outside. It’s early spring, and it seemed to be the only one and didn’t have friends. I hope.
Signature: SJ

Larder Beetle

Dear SJ,
The Larder Beetle is a common household pest that will infest stored foods and other organic items in the home.

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Subject: Should I be concerned?
Location: Boston, MA
April 16, 2017 6:34 pm
Hello,
I’ve found a few of these bugs in my apartment over the last couple weeks, mostly in the bathroom but occasionally in other rooms too. I have an infant son and I’m worried that these could be ticks, but they don’t quite look like most of the tick pictures I’ve seen online.
Do you have any idea what it is?
Signature: Thank you!

Smooth Spider Beetle

This is one of the Spider Beetles in the subfamily Ptininae, most likely the Smooth Spider Beetle, Gibbium aequinoctiale, which is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Cosmopolitan but more common in warm climes, and very few records in Europe; origin unknown (“tropical, subtropical”); found in stored goods across NA” and that it feeds on a “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”  Check the pantry for the site of the infestation, including large, bargain bags of pet food and bird seed.

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