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I need help identifying a bug please The bug in the attached photo hitch hiked a ride into my home on a cowhide drum that appears to be from Africa. So far it doesn’t seem to have spread anywhere except the hyde on the drum. Should I be worried? Thanks for your help,
Frank Dottore

Hi Frank,
You should have the cowhide drum professionally dealt with since you have Carpet Beetles, a type of Dermestid Beetle. They will eat wool rugs and all types of animal hide. They are pests in museums where they do serious damage to collections. They might infest other edibles in your home.

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house bugs needed to be identified–couldn’t find it in your website and others
Dear Sir/Madam,
We have seen these bugs in our home for two years. We live in an one family house. They seem to come down from the attic above. First we spotted them in the light-cover on our ceiling. We cover our ceiling lights with milky-colored plastic cover. The bodies of these bugs are collected at the bottom of the cover, and some of them were still alive. It seems that they were trying to reach the light, and die there, then fall onto the cover base. Sometimes we see them in our bathtub, trying to get some drink. They are very small, about 1/8 to 1/6 of an inch in width, not including legs and antenna. These images were caught while one of them is crawling on the ceiling. We don’t know what these bugs are feeding on. Could you please help us to identify these bugs?
Thank you very much!

Hi Hsiling,
You have Spider Beetles from the genus Mezium. They can be found worldwide where grain is stored. They also feed upon dried remains of animals, woolens and other non-synthetic textiles. You will find more images and information on our Pantry Beetle page.

Expert Update: (05/22/2008) spider beetle errors
Dear Bugman,
I believe I had written earlier when looking at many of the spider beetle pictures. Almost all of the shiny brown, globular body, images are of Gibbium aequinoctiale and not Mezium species. There is a combined 2 image photo (finger and beetle & 2 beetles) of Mezium : the answer was posted by Eric Eaton, I believe. Gibbium species do not have a velvety covering on the thorax, Mezium species do. You should correct your website postings so people will have a better idea of what they have been finding. Best regards,
Louis N. Sorkin, B.C.E.
Entomology Section
Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
New York

Dear Lou,
Thanks so much for resending this vital correction to our website. We really appreciate your expertise on this. We sincerely hope that addressing you with such familiarity doesn’t detract from your professional status.

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Hi there,
i need your help to identify this bug i found in our kitchen. We have recently become infested with lots of them and need your help so that we can take care of the problem. They are found near our cats food in the kitchen and under the cooker as there are lots of cracks. i have found them where cats hair & dust is the most gathered, can you help?
Jimmy (UK)

Hi Jimmy,
You have a type of Dermestid Beetle Larva that include many Pantry or Larder Beetles and Carpet Beetles. The larvae can be infesting the cat food as well as eating the cat hair that accumulates in dark corners.

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Found in Dried Noodles with mold!
This was the most descusting thing that Ive seen in quite a while. I was grabing a ramen and noticed a mold bag of noddles that had previously been opened. I took a second look and about One Hundred of these tiny little bugs where cralling and falling out of the bag! What are they and How can I get rid of them.
P.S. I decided NOT to eat the ramen.
Kyle G.
Austin, TX

Hi Kyle,
You found Grain Weevils in your Ramen. They are a type of Pantry Beetle easily identified by the snout. Obviously a female beetle got into the bag and layed eggs. This is just one reason there is an expiration date on foods.

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what is THIS?
HI there, I know winter and spring bring all sorts of things into the home but ive never come across this typ of insect. They have been in every room in my home and im really concerned because i have a 2 week old baby. It looks like it may have a stinger???
Angie, Windham,NH

Clean out the Pantry Angie,
You have a species of Grain Weevil. They won’t sting, but they will eat grain products you keep in the kitchen.

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bugs everywhere now
I’ve had these bugs at least a year. I thought they might die out with the winter but it was wishful thinking. They flock to my light fixtures in the kitchen and die there. They are all over my kitchen stove when I get up each morning . They are attracted to white surfaces. Now they are also in the bathroom, all over the bathtub, in the sink. Can you please tell me what these things are. They also get into the flour, cereals, herbs etc. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them? Thanks!

Hi Lorna,
Keeping the pantry free of stored grain products and keeping your spices in tightly sealed containers should help you control your Pantry Beetles.

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