Small Brown Bug: Drug Store Beetle at Home

The photos of this bug or insect is the best I can do. It is very small. It is brown in color.  We have seen this several times on the wall of our home, specifically on walls by the door leading from the garage to the laundry room and on the window sill in the bedroom down the hall from the laundry room. We have been seeing them about the last 4 to 5 weeks.

Any assistance will be appreciated as well as how to get rid of them. My husband says he thinks they are a type of flea.



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Hi Melanie,

That is a tiny beetle! And if you were in a drugstore, you’d know exactly what this is.


Because it’s a drugstore beetle! Well, to be fair, this could be one of two beetles, but since they are so small and I don’t have the specimen under a microscope, it’s hard to tell. It could be Stegobium paniceum, which goes by several names, including drugstore beetle, bread beetle and biscuit beetle.

OR it could be Lasioderma serricorne, also known as the cigarette beetle.

These little guys are both notorious for eating up all sorts of stored goods, including tobacco products, medical supplies, dried fruit, spices, grains, seeds, dog food, books, leather, and so many more!

They can become a household pest in your pantry if you don’t clean things out and get rid of contaminated food. It’s best to store food or pet products in air-tight, insect-proof containers, and clean up any spills you might have in your pantry or laundry room. You might have to do some digging around to find the source of the problem, which could take some work if your pantry is a bit of a mess like mine!

Just make sure to throw away any contaminated food or products, seal up any cracks or gaps in your walls, and you should be good to go! If the problem persists, make sure to call a pest control professional.


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