Subject: Click clogged and found bugs
Location: New York City
August 13, 2015 11:28 am
I just moved into a new apartment in Brooklyn, New York – NYC. The apartment was refernished about 2 years ago. When I moved into the aparmtent, the bathroom sink was clogged and asked the superatendent to fix it. When I came home I found these bugs in the toilet. Can you indicate what bugs these are? I believe they have only 6 legs, and look similar to bed bugs or a spider.
Signature: Any way
Dear Any way,
We are a bit confused about the connection between the clogged drain and your discovery in the toilet because we can’t imagine the superintendent leaving them there if they were removed from the drain. Do you suspect that in unclogging the drain, the water came up in the toilet and that these insects were the cause of the clog? While the circumstances are quite confusing, we can tell you that the insects you found in the toilet are Spider Beetles in the Subfamily Ptininae, and that they infest stored foods and will eat a wide variety of organic substances in the home. According to BugGuide: “several species occur in homes, granaries, mills, warehouses.”