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Tiny brown bugs
Tiny brown bugs  
When cleaning under my daughters bathroom sink I found these tiny brown bugs already dead. They were on the cleaning wipe I was using to wipe under her sink. I have also found about 3 live ones in the bathroom floor, tub, & sink area. We do have a dog in the house that takes a pill monthly for fleas & ticks. I was wondering if these are fleas that maybe had bitten her & were looking for water because I think her pill kills them by dehydrating them. I know they're hard to see in the picture because they are so little but can u tell me what u think they are?  Thank u!!

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Jen,

These are beetles not fleas. The specimens are deformed and too small to id with certainty but I think they are the type of beetle that infests grains and, for example, dry pet food. General cleaning and locating the source the infested grain/food is the best course of action.

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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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