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QUESTION: Dear Jack,
I have been finding these small brown bugs crawling on my walls (I saw around 10 today). I have a newborn baby at home so wanted to make sure they do not bite and are not harmful in any way...I've seen them mostly around the kitchen.

I'm attaching a photo, many thanks!

Inbal

ANSWER: Inbal,

The photos are too blurry to id. I think your camera's autofocus is focussing on the paper towel rather than the insect. You might try using manual focus setting if possible.

Jack DeAngelis


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QUESTION: Thank you for the quick response! I tried to get a better photo, here it is!

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This is a beetle but there's a lot of damage. However, it looks like one of the species that infest stored food such as the drugstore beetle (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cigarette_drugstore_beetle.html for photos). Check around for a container of dry food (including dry pet food) that is infested. Discard everything that is infested then carefully clean crack, crevices and surfaces with a vacuum cleaner. Then, if necessary treat the area with a botanical insecticide that is approved for this use in your area (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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