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Black bugs
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Black bugs
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Hello! I took this picture of these small black bugs that I found in my kitchen in the corner of my floor cabinets. I was wondering if these are an infestation that I have to worry about. If you notice in the picture, there is a small worm in the left corner that I picked up with my tissue. Thanks for your help!

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Dear Jennifer - Unfortunately, the image quality is not sufficient for me to be confident of any positive identification of your beetles. However, as the 'worm' on your tissue looks like a larva of a carpet/hide beetle in the genera Attagenus or Dermestes. If you see more of those worm-like critters, you may have an infestation that you should address. Just in case, see http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for a publication on carpet beetles and their control.
Hope this helps,
Saugy

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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.

Experience

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.

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

Publications
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.

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

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