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Small brown bug
Small brown bug  
QUESTION: Hello. I recently have had a problem in my house with tiny brown bugs. They seem like fleas but do not bite. I also found some larvae that are brown and white striped and fuzzy. I can't seem to find descriptions to id them. Is it possible I have 2 different problems? There are a ton of the little brown bugs but only a few of the larvae so far. They have been tucked away in piles of clothes (in storage) where as the little brown ones roam around my floor/carpet and sometimes even my tub or cabinets. I will attach an image of each.

ANSWER: Kris,

The larva is a carpet beetle larva, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for a description and picture of the adults. The "small brown bug" is not an adult carpet beetle but I can't see enough details to id. Can you get a closer photo?

Jack DeAngelis


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Close up on finger
Close up on finger  

Further away shape
Further away shape  
QUESTION: Well luckily I am having trouble finding new bugs to photo.... I am attaching 2 photos that are the best I can't get. The bugs are so very small that it is hard to get a close enough picture.

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Looks like a beetle but I still can't see much detail. It is not a flea, however. If you are seeing more than a few it may be one of the beetles that infest grains or dry foods. Check areas where food (including dry pet food) is stored, look for a container that is infested. If found discard all infested food then clean thoroughly with a vacuum. If necessary treat cracks, crevices and surfaces with a botanical insecticide that is approved for this use such as EcoPCO WP-X, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/botanical_insecticide.html.

Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.

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I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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