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Subject: Indoor Springtime Beetles
Location: Stockton, California
March 29, 2017 2:38 pm
These pinhead-sized (or smaller) winged beetles appear in the spring inside my house. They are attracted to the windows and to light-colored fabric. They are slow-moving and nonevasive, and so they are easy to kill. They are appearing now, when temperatures are in the 70’s. My guess is they are in a foodstuff of some kind in the house. They do not appear in overwhelming numbers, but they come every year consistently. I do not see them at other times of the year.
Signature: David Wallace

Carpet Beetle

Dear David,
Carpet Beetles like the one in your image feed on pollen, but the larvae are common household pests that will feed on a wide variety of organic items in the home.

Thanks! Now on to the tracking of the food source, which may or may not be in our pantry.

While they are considered an annoyance, sometimes their food source in not injurious.  They will feed on accumulated shed pet hair found on rugs and furniture.

Five cats in the house. Thanks for this excellent detective work.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: My room, Los Angeles, California, US
March 16, 2017 5:09 pm
Hi, I was hoping you would be able to help me figure out what bug this is. They appeared in my room, specifically on my walls and my bed. Quite a few of these bugs appeared in my room before, at least around half a year ago or so, but then disappeared. They are very tiny like 1 or 2 mm. We are currently in the Winter season, heading into Spring, though it has been feeling like Summer this week.
Signature: Concerned Evelyn

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Concerned Evelyn,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest, and your letter is the third we opened today for a Varied Carpet Beetle identification, so we are posting your letter to assist folks visiting our site who are also troubled by Carpet Beetles.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, but larvae will eat a wide variety of organic items in the home.

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Subject: Larder beetles in pa
Location: NW PA
February 25, 2017 9:11 am
You guys should add this to the pa listing of beetles. I couldn’t find it but I located it through another page but I usually use this one. I found this guy in my kitchen.
Signature: Your friendly PA neighbor

Larder Beetle

Dear friendly PA neighbor,
On WTB? we archive Larder Beetles under the Household Pests tag as well as the Pantry Beetles subcategory.

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Subject: is this a bed bug?
Location: Richmond VA
February 17, 2017 11:08 am
This found in bed with others. None of the characteristic flat bed bugs were found. It’s tiny- only a few millimeters. I took the photo using a stereomicroscope.
Signature: Bugging out

Smooth Spider Beetle

Dear Bugging Out,
This is NOT a Bed Bug.  It is a Smooth Spider Beetle,
Gibbium aequinoctiale, and we verified its identity on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”  They are relatively common household pantry pests.

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Subject: Unknown household insect
Location: Winter Park Fl 32792
February 17, 2017 8:35 am
Dear Bugman,
I find this bug in copious numbers on the floor and along the baseboards in my home. They are in multiple, nonapproximateing rooms and are almost always dead. Please identify them for me and tell me what, if any, action I can take to rid my house of this population. Excuse the lack of magnification, this is as close as I can come with my iPad.
Signature: Frederic Bryant

Grain Weevils

Dear Frederic,
These are Grain Weevils, and you need to locate the source of the infestation.  Start with rice in the pantry or that big bag of bird seed you have stored somewhere.  They will also infest bargain bags of pet food.

Mr. Marlos,
Thanks for your prompt reply! I will get right on the case and see if we have any of those items you mentioned lying around loose.  I will also lace the areas with a residual insecticide. Thanks again for your prompt service.
Frederic Bryant

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Subject: Not sure what this is.
Location: Cincinnati, OH
February 5, 2017 1:50 pm
I’ve seen a few of these little bugs. They don’t seem to cause any harm. At first I thought they were ladybugs until I was able to hold onto one long enough to examine it. What I thought were spots now appear to be jagged stripes instead. It does fly but not far. Please examine it and let me know what you think it could be.
Signature: Brian Wiesman

Carpet Beetle

Dear Brian,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common Household Pest, but it is not the adult Carpet Beetle that is problematic.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen and probably want nothing more than to get out of the house once they mature and lay eggs.  Larval Carpet Beetles will eat a wide assortment of organic materials in the home, including accumulated pet hair.

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