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Hi Joe, I found this in my linen closet and was hoping you could identify it. Something has been biting my housemate but a bedbug dog did not detect the presence of that insect. In terms of Size, this  insect is about the size of the letter "B" on a dime. Thanks in advance.

- JD

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Jamie,

This is a spider beetle. They don't bite but can sometimes be a minor pest of stored foods. They are especially common in older buildings and for some reason I get a lot of questions from NYC in particular. They are completely harmless and can be ignored. For comparison here's a picture of a bed bug http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html that might be helpful.

Jack DeAngelis

PS Who is Joe? :)  

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Jack DeAngelis

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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.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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