There's this bug that recently has infested my bathroom. I haven't found it anywhere else in my house yet. I've found a bunch around my tub and sink. They also are on the carpet. Please help if you know what they are, and how I can get rid of them. Thank you.
This is a beetle, possibly one of the so called "stored product beetles" such as the cigarette or drugstore beetles (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cigarette_drugstore_beetle.html). Since they infest stored foods (including dry pet food) that's where I start looking. Once found you can dispose of infested materials, insecticides generally are not needed.
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