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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: NYC, Manhattan
April 10, 2016 9:28 am
Hi Bugman –
I stumbled upon your website when I decided to do a little detective work to identify a bug I have encountered several times in my apartment.
I live in NYC, in a high rise on the 35th floor. I have found this type of bug more than once in my bathtub. It has a rounded body, though it looks sort of oblong in the photo. It’s very small – smaller than an adult bedbug, and quite fast, so the pictures are not as clear as they could be.
I though it could be a juvenile cockroach but I have seen those and they are quite a bit flatter. This bug has a substantial, rounded backside. It’s abdomen resembles that of a black widow spider but this is clearly not a spider. Any thoughts?
So curious! Your help will be appreciated.
Signature: Tommy G

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Dear Tommy,
This is a Spider Beetle in the subfamily Ptininae.  Though your images lack critical detail, we believe this is a Smooth Spider Beetle,
Gibbium aequinoctiale, and according to BugGuide, they are found in “Mainly houses, flour mills, occasionally warehouses, hospitals, stores” where they feed upon a “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”  You should check the pantry for the site of the infestation.

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Subject: Carpet beetle?
Location: Morristown, NJ usa
April 9, 2016 2:27 pm
Hello,
I’ve been noticing tons of these little guys over the past few weeks, mostly on my bedroom window cill but sometimes crawling on the walls of my bedroom. They seem to come out on very sunny days. I live in New Jersey in a wood construction condo building on the third floor. The windows are old and I’m sure have plenty of tiny cracks in them from the direct sunlight and weather over the years. Would appreciate if someone could identify the bug I’ve been seeing. Thanks!
Signature: Nicole

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Nicole,
You are correct.  This is a Varied Carpet Beetle.

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Subject: Found where cat sleeps
Location: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
April 4, 2016 1:21 am
I went to my mother’s and saw a bug on her blanket ahhh I am thinking it’s a carpet beetle. She never NEVER vaccums so I’m certain this is it because she said she’s never been bit by them. Scary saw 2 yesterday flushed them then 2 more today, probably would have found more had I searched but I’m freaked out by infestations but here’s my question ahhhh my dog has been there and at my house can she spread them I vaccum almost everyday anyway but I may just go to town on every inch of everywhere more often aghhhghhhhh (ironically I stressed about the loose hair and basically dirt on her back from the dirty house before I found these bugs) it is spring but still pretty cold snowed a few days ago. Just assumed it was that bug seeing the pictures.
Signature: Ugh this sucks

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

You are correct that this is a Carpet Beetle.  Carpet Beetle Larvae will feed on shed pet hair that accumulates, and perhaps your mother has just decided that she wants to lower her carbon footprint by not using the electricity needed to run a vacuum as long as the Carpet Beetle Larvae are eating the shed pet hair.  Now, regarding your own fears, we doubt that your dog has transported any Carpet Beetle infestation to your own, obviously very clean home.  Since adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, and larvae feed on accumulated organic matter in the home, adults generally depart from the home by seeking egress at windows and doors.  Similarly, the adult Carpet Beetles will enter homes and procreate if there is a likely food source.  Though your mother’s home seems like it will be able to provide nourishment for future generations of Carpet Beetles, your own home does not seem like a hospitable environment for them if they cannot find food.  Though we refrain from giving health advice as we haven’t the necessary credentials, it does seem like your stress regarding an imagined infestation in your home is more detrimental to your health than your mother’s more mellow attitude about cleaning is to her health.

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Subject: Please identify me
Location: 90807 California
March 24, 2016 5:29 pm
I have no clue what this is, Looks like a smaller ladybug . Please help me
Signature: -matt

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Matt,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest, and one of our most frequent identification requests.  We just posted an image of a Varied Carpet Beetle yesterday and it was on the top of our homepage when you submitted your request.

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Subject: Can you identify these bugs?
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Washington state
March 23, 2016 2:47 pm
I started seeing a few of these tiny bugs a few months ago, now they are everywhere! In my kitchen cabinets, along the bottom of my sliding glass door, in my bathrooms. . . Can you tell me what they are and how to get rid of them? I live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, but friends have seen them in Portland OR and Marysville WA
Signature: Janna

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Janna,
The Varied Carpet Beetle is a common household pest.  Thanks for including a dime in your image for scale.

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Subject: Bugs in my bed:(
Location: Columbus, Ohio
March 21, 2016 7:58 pm
I keep finding these bugs in my bed and I don’t know what they are and where they are coming from. The bugs were around 5 millimeters big. Recently I also had some bumps resembling bug bites on my back and neck, though they did not itch. Hopefully you can help me. I have included a picture of one of the bugs I found and the bites which I assume come from these bugs.
Signature: Ellyce

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Ellyce,
The bug you found in your bed is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest.  You have bumps on your neck.  We cannot say for certain that there is any relationship between the two occurrences.  Varied Carpet Beetles are not known to bite humans.  Perhaps you can find the cause of the bumps on Healthline which has a page entitled What’s Causing This Raised Bump on My Skin?

Bumps on Neck

Bumps on Neck

Subject: Another bug in my bed:(
Location: Columbus, Ohio
March 21, 2016 8:07 pm
I just sent a message a few minutes ago, but I found a picture of one of the earlier bugs (there’s been four I found total) and this one looks different. This one was between 3 and 4 millimeters.
Thank you.
Signature: Ellyce

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Hi again Ellyce,
The second bug you found in your bed is a blood sucking Bed Bug and it might be responsible for the bumps on your neck and back.  You indicated the bumps did not itch.  The American Academy of Dermatology does make a reference to itching and their Bed Bug page is embedded within the Itchy Skin category.   The Terminex site states:  “Not everyone reacts to a bed bug bite, but itching is one of the most common reactions for those who do.”  Once again, we cannot say for certain that the bumps are related to the presence of bugs in your bed, but you definitely have found a blood sucking Bed Bug and if there is one, there might be more.

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