Entomology (Study of Bugs)/drugstore beetle

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Please tell me how to get rid of these.....The weird thing is, they are not in my kitchen...They are in my bathroom sink, a light in my living room, and occasionally in my bedroom on the wall....

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Margaret:

Drugstore beetles fly well, and they get around.  They may occasionally be attracted to lights at night, so....

You have to find the source of the infestation, and that can be almost anything in the pantry or the vanity.  Then, simply discard the infested product.  Store vulnerable items in glass, metal, or durable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent future issues.

Not much you can do if a product is infested when you buy it, and that can certainly happen with foodstuffs in particular.

Here are some links with more information:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/drugstore_beetle.htm

http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/esps/factsheets/household_structural/dr

http://entoweb.okstate.edu/ddd/insects/drugstore.htm

Best wishes for a successful resolution to this issue.

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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