Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Itty bitty brown bugs


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QUESTION: I have seen these small brown bugs in my apartment in Texas. I first saw one on my bed. Then 2 on the arm rest of my sofa. Just saw one on my bathroom wall. Only see one at a time. Brown with a lighter tan color in middle of back (hard to see in pic) Only seen the 4 bugs in a few weeks but what are they? Seem to be traveling around. I see them crawl but thats it. I have 2 dogs and I'm starting to get concerned.I haven't noticed any bite marks though.

ANSWER: Michelle,

The picture did not get posted. Can you try to re-post?

Jack DeAngelis

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QUESTION: I should also mention that they are only about the size or little bigger than my pinky finger nail.

ANSWER: Picture still did not get posted, I suspect the problem is on AllExpert's end. From your description of the size I'd guess possibly a stink bug. Take a look at this page http://www.livingwithbugs.com/brown_marmorated_stinkbug.html and see if that is close.

Jack DeAngelis

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QUESTION: It looks almost like a tiny baby roach. Has antenna.  Its not a stink bug.  I'm sorry the last picture I am able to see...

Both images are posted now. Yes, that is an immature cockroach. When you find the young ones out and exposed like this it often means there's a large population in the walls (the young are pushed out by over-crowding). Treat with one of the professional baits here http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cockroach_control.html as they will work better than baits found at retail stores.

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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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