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These tiny dark grey bugs have been appearing in the house lately. I am not sure what they are. I am finding them dead all along the baseboards, on my tv stand, end table etc. they are slow moving, don't seem to bite when I pick up a live one, but I haven't seen them before and now there are dozens of them. Please help. Are they bed bugs?? Thanks!

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Hi, Keely:

Thank you for including the images with your question.

They are clearly weevils of some kind (family Curculionidae in the beetle order Coleoptera).  Unfortunately, weevils are among the most diverse of all organisms and nearly impossible to identify from images alone.

I have never seen ones that look like this, so can't really comment further.  You should probably take specimens to an entomologist at a local museum, university, provincial department of agriculture, or even the public health department (vector control division will have at least one staff entomologist, but not sure they will know weevils).  He or she can then put the "bugs" under a microscope and give you a proper ID.

Hope that gives you a place to start at least.  These pose no health risks, so no need to panic!

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.

Education/Credentials
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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