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May 24, 2011 9:19 PM

Beetle in House, which?

About two or three weeks ago we started to notice these small bugs around our fireplace hearth, about 10 to 20 in number. We would hoover them up, then the next morning, more would appear.

Most of them appear to be dead, but the ones that are alive, appear to 'play dead' when you go near them. We have now found them behind sofas and going up the curtains.

They are about 2-3mm long and Dark Brown in colour.

Because they appeared near our fireplace, we presumed they were coming from the chimney. But we have now had this swept and they still appear.

I've attached a picture that has been enlarged up in Photoshop to hopefully make identifying it easier.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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    May 25, 2011 10:00 AM (in response to the_donian)
    Re: Beetle in House, which?

    Hi Donian,

     

    It's difficult to be completely certain from your image, but I would say it's a biscuit beetle Stegobium paniceum.  This species has the honour of being the the most common enquiry seen by the ID team in the Museum!

     

    The larvae like dried vegetable products like flour and spices and they are often found in kitchens.  However if you suspect they are coming out of the chimney the source is likely to be an old bird or wasp nest or bread dropped down the chimney by birds.  The best way to get rid of them is to find and remove the food source.  If they are in your kitchen cupboards (or anyone else's) give the cupboards a scrub, throw away any old or infested food and keep open packets inside sealed tins, jars or plastic tubs.

     

    Hope this helps!

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