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Black Bugs
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I've been infested with oval black bugs about 1/4 the size of a grain of rice.  They lay very still unless prodded, then they move, but slowly.  

They've gotten into my flour and sugar, and last night, I even found two in my bed in an upstairs bedroom.

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Suzanne,

The beetles are too dark to see clearly but from your description I'd guess you have either carpet beetles or drugstore/cigarette beetles. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for a picture and control info for carpet beetles and see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cigarette_drugstore_beetle.html for info about the other beetles. All these beetles infest stored food so the trick is to locate the infestation by searching through food storage areas (including dry pet food) then discarding infested materials. Then the area can be treated with a botanical insecticide as the final step (see pages cited above).

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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