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What bug is this? I found 4 in the bathroom tonight.

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LHNY13,

This is one of the carpet beetle species, possibly the black carpet beetle. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for info about a closely related species. These beetles are often associated with stored food such as cereals or dry pet food. Spilled food can also be a source of the infestation.

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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 such as aphids and spider mites, insects that bite and sting such as ticks and wasps, 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 (the study of insects)

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