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QUESTION: Help!

Not sure what I'm dealing with here...6 weeks ago I found a couple of this kind of bugs in my house. One was on my hand and it bit me and left a mark. We have been bitten during the night too. The exterminator said it was fleas, we have 2 dogs but I have only seen one flea during this 6 weeks. Nothing comes in my flea traps either. I asked a veterinarian too and he said it might be a lice. This is driving me crazy. Im washing and cleaning non stop.

Hope you can help us.

Thanks

Pia

ANSWER: Pia,

This is not a flea (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/fleas.html for comparison) but the photos are too blurry to id. Can you get a clearer photo? Also, how large is the gold-colored disk in the second photo?

Jack DeAngelis


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QUESTION: Thank you for your answer, Jack. Attached is hopefully a better picture. The diameter of the disk is 3/8".

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This looks like a beetle because of the split elytra but again I can't see much detail. Beetles are harmless so there's no reason to over-react with insecticide treatments or excessive cleaning. Your best option is to collect a specimen and contact your local Cooperative Extension office where someone will be able to examine it under magnification.

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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