Entomology (Study of Bugs)/What is it?

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Hello, i just moved into a newer home and noticed these little bugs all over the bathroom countertop. The little citter even will fly...its real tiny, reddish brown in color. Should i be afraid of an infestation somewhere, does this critter bite,etc...

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Kimberly:

Thank you for including the image with your question.  Unfortunately, I still can't tell exactly what it is.

Could be something being drawn indoors by lights at night, or something that is a "stored product pest" infesting something in the bathroom or pantry.

Best idea is to take intact specimens to a local entomologist at a university (Texas A & M has a world-class entomology department), natural history museum (Houston has a good one), state department of agriculture office, county extension agent (Cooperative Extension Service for your county), or even the public health department (vector control division will have at least one staff entomologist).  He or she can put the bug under a microscope and give you a proper identification.

I wouldn't panic.  I don't recognize the thing as something that poses a health risk.  Do pay attention to flour, cereals, pet food, birdseed, etc for potentially more of these insects, and discard the item if you find it infested.  Store vulnerable foodstuffs in plastic, glass, or metal containers with tight-fitting lids.

Let me know the outcome, please?

Eric

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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