Entomology (Study of Bugs)/flatbrown bugs


QUESTION: We have a inside door which has many little windows on it.we have found on the door around the windows and under the hinges groups of little flat brown bugs which look likes a bedbug.we have search the intire room but the door is the only place we have found them.could they be a bedbug or something else.we live in marshalltown iowa

ANSWER: Dear Dorothy - Although I believe that it is unlikely that your 'door guests' would be bed bugs, I really need to see an image of one or more of then in order to make a determination. Could you please try taking a clear, close-up photo or two and attach that to a follow-up question?

Waiting to hear back,

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QUESTION: I thank you very much for getting back to me so quickly,i have tryed to attach a picture of one for you,i do hope it goes through,i did last night spray a flea and tick spray and this morning found only dead ones,but still would like to know what they are,again thank you for getting back to me so quickly

Dear Dorothy - About all that I can tell you from your image is that it is some kind of true bug (order Hemiptera; suborder Heteroptera) and not a tick. I'm including a link to some very comprehensive information on bed bugs, just in case that you might have those - see http://tinyurl.com/kv7j744. I still find it unusual in that if you do have bed bugs that you would only find them around a door.

Hope this helps,

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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