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Hello,  I have found this bug in my basement and in the bathroom. I usually find them in the laundry basket with my cleaned clothes.  It's slow moving... Can you please tell me what it is? ? Thank you!!#

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Tinka's Mon,

These are beetles but the image is too small to be certain of a more specific id. However, the shape and size are consistant with carpet beetles (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for more info). These are very common in homes. Infestations are often associated with some type of stored food such as dry pet food or stored grains. If you can get a closer photo I'd be glad to take another look.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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