Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery Bug.

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Small bugs
Small bugs  
Hello,

I live in Central Minnesota in an apartment and I have been seeing  these little guys around my kitchen, bathroom and occasionally in my living room. They look like thy have wings but don't seem to fly, only crawl around during the day. Any ideas as to what they are and if I need to call an exterminator?

Thanks.

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Hi, Jess:

Thank you for including the very nice image with your question.  I know how tiny those are, great job!

The insects are "Saw-toothed Grain Beetles," Oryzaephilus surinamensis .  Here's more about them, their management, control, and prevention:

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/sawtoothed-and-merchant-grain-beetle

http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/esps/factsheets/household_structural/sa

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/insect-pests-of-stored-food/ from U of Minnesota, addresses most "stored product pests."

No exterminator needed.  Simply find the infested product(s) and discard it (them).  Store vulnerable foodstuffs (including dry pet food, birdseed) in glass, metal, or durable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.

Good luck!

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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