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Central NJ Bugs
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I continue to find these very small bugs in my kitchen. I have used the common houshold bug spray three times already but after two days they return. I cannot fiqure out where they are coming from.

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Cynthia,

These are the varied carpet beetle, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for general info about these beetles (there are several species). There's likely an infestation in stored food such as dry pet food or in the pantry. See the page above for more control suggestions.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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