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I'm from central europe, when spring started my home got full of this bugs, I think they are related with some plants or trees, I'm not sure, although I live on the fifth floor. They are black, small, average 5 mm (0.19 inch), they have wings but very rarely fly, almost never. Just want to know something about this bugs and why and from they coming. Thank's.

These look like the carpet beetles we see in the U.S.

Carpet beetles feed on dead insects, natural fibers and the like.  They are considered harmless to humans and animals.

When an animal (example: rat or mouse) dies and the carcass dries out, the carpet beetles move in and feed on the remains.  This results in a population increase for a few weeks after the event.

For more information, do a Google search for carpet beetles or dermestid beetles.

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Nathan Riggs


I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at


22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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