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Mystery black bug
Mystery black bug  
Hi,

I moved into a new apartment a few days ago in NYC and I am now finding tiny black bugs everywhere. I have had bedbugs before and these are not it. They are about the size of a pin head with small antennae, no wings, They don't appear to jump or bite.

Please help me identify so I know if they are harmful

Thanks!

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Hi Anne
I cannot see much detail but I believe this is a dermestid beetle. They are basically harmless except that they can become pantry pests or damage materials. If you brought any dried foods with you check your cupboards. Also check your dry goods. Can you find where and if they are concentrating Vacuum them all up and if they return find out where they are coming from. If they come back get some boric acid powder of diatomaceous Earth and spread it around you baseboards.

Let me know what happens

walter

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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Momentum Magazine The Ohio Journal of Science

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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