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Hi Eric,

I just moved in to a new apartment. They have few roaches and little, black, round body bugs. They have a service and they're coming to spray. What are the small ones? Oh flat body but round shape. If they spray would they come back?

Thanks

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Laura:

Without seeing specimens, or at least a clear image of the "round body bugs," I have no idea what they could be.

Here's the kicker:  The pest control technicians probably don't have any idea, either.  They are mostly schooled in how to apply chemical treatments so as to comply with federal and state regulations.  Truth is, chemicals should *never* be applied unless and until you know what insect it is that you are trying to control.

You do not indicate where on the planet your new apartment is, but I would take intact specimens of the insects in question to a local entomologist at a natural history museum, university, state or provincial department of agriculture office, or even the public health department (vector control division will have at least one staff entomologist).  He or she can then make a proper identification and offer unbiased control solutions.

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Publications
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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