Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Unknown 'bug'

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Weird bug
Weird bug  
I live about an hour north of San Francisco and lately we've been enjoying very nice summer weather for the most part.

I have found three identical bugs lately in my kitchen, crawling on the counter (on separate occasions), over a two week period. It's grossing me out and I have no idea what they are or where their coming from. My husband pulled the stove away from the wall but we found nothing. We also took our stovetop apart and again, we found no bugs. He also checked the oven out thoroughly with no results. The bugs seem to be coming from underneath a metal strip that runs the length of our stove but we removed the strip and we found a little grease underneath but no bugs. I'm really hoping you can tell us what these bugs are and what we can do to rid ourselves of them.....and where are they hiding out at? Thank you very much!

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Stella:

Not knowing the length of this critter, my first impression is that this is a carpet beetle larva. They feed on bits or organic material, dead insects, natural fibers and the like. They do not infest stored food.

Carpet beetles are considered harmless to humans and animals.  

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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 www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

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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.

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

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

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

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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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