Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Tiny Beatles


Tonight I saw two tiny black spots on my bathroom floor, assuming it was dirt or make up etc I picked it up with a tissue to toss me realized they were actually tiny bugs. They were both dead, but they had a hardish shell, and tiny legs, I couldn't see antenna, but they may have had them. When I picked them up they smeared redish brown on the tissue. Just curious what these might be and if I should be concerned, at first I feared they were bed bugs but after a bit of research they don't seem to fit that description,


If you can post a picture I could be certain but these sound like carpet beetles. These small beetles have red and brown scales that can rub off which might be what you saw. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for pictures. Finding a few beetles is no reason for concern, they are harmless. They can infest stored foods like cereal and dry pet food, however, so check these sources.

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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.


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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