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Size comp bug
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Live bug close up  
I just moved into a new place I have been finding alive and dead bugs everywhere all are small... These are the only alive ones and they seem stationary so I thought they were dead but the next day they weren't there so I picked one I thought was dead off the base board. I have pictures attached.  I have small dog I have been leaving and I typically have inflamed or extreme responses to insect bites.  

What bug is this? Is it a pest? Is it poisonous? Are they okay to live amongst (there are many)? What do they do?

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

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CJ,

This is the larva of a carpet beetle (Dermestidae), see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for info about carpet beetle infestations in homes. These beetles are often associated with stored (or spilled) food, as well as dry pet food. There are guidelines for dealing with carpet beetles in the page cited above but basic cleaning and locating the source are key. They are not otherwise dangerous.

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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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