Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Tiny bug in home

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Bug in home
Bug in home  
have these bugs everywhere recently. They are brownish and too tiny to make out much else.  when I took the picture it was amazing to see all the detail.  They appear to not move or fly and appear in random spots all around my home.  A windowsill, on kitchen counter, in bathroom, on bed linen, on wall.  they are never grouped together an I find maybe one a week.  What is it ??

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Dear Melody - This does look very much like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus; such as the varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci). The beetles themselves are harmless pollen feeders, but their larvae can be quite destructive. See http://tinyurl.com/cf5aujk for an image and http://tinyurl.com/4zbmy4g for more information, including control recommendations.

Hope this helps,
Saugy

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

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21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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