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Oct 1, 2017 12:21 PM

Help please - have these little things in the house in France

Hello

 

We have had these little critters in our house for about five years now, and despite having a local expert around who called them (Death Watch Beetles) DWBs they do not bear a resemblance to them unless they are a different species. They seem to be around when the weather is warm and not restricted to a season. Although I have not found them in the bleak mid-winter, mainly late spring to early autumn.

 

About 7mm in length, they are smooth and shiny and appear black, brown on closer inspection. I have never seen them fly and cannot find any exit holes. If they are in the oak timber work they must be hiding only to emerge at the adult stage of their cycle. (We have dry lined walls in a 220 year old small farm house in central France) We have never heard the ticking which is reported to  accompany their midnight ramblings - assuming they are DWBs.

 

They seem to be increasing and would I love to know what they are if anyone can help. Attached is the best picture of the beastie I could could get.

 

Thanks and much appreciated.

 

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  • It looks very much like the Mealworm Beetle, Tenebrio molitor, often found in houses.  The photo and much of what you describe fits, but you give a smaller size than is familiar, so might be a related species.

     

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    Tony

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