Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery bug


Mystery bug
Mystery bug  

Mystery bug
Mystery bug  
Hi, I was away from home for a week and when i came back, there was a lot of such bug in my cupboard with food. I then clean up the cupboard and also found a few of such bugs inside my closet where I put my clothes. I also found them on my curtains. Please help to identify the bug and please advise on how to get rid of the bugs. I am from Singapore

Dear Joey - Your images are not clear enough for me to be absolutely certain, but these might be   either cigarette beetles, Lasioderma serricorn (Coleoptera: Anobiidae), or a drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum, also in the family Anobiidae). Both can be pests of many kinds of dry stored food products - see <http://tinyurl.com/po3y7o2> for more detailed information, including control recommendations.

Hope this helps,

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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.


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.

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

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.

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

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