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May 4, 2012 7:39 PM

Please help! Unidentified bugs rapidly multiplying in home!

I have noticed the odd one of these around the home over the past year or so but never thought much of it as it was so infrequent. However, over the last couple of days I seem to be seeing them everywhere. Mainly in our spare bedroom which is on the first floor and has a double patio door leading out on to a small balcony with a wooden floor. They are mainly near skirting boards or window sills but have now gone up to the second floor and one has made it in to the bath. They are only small and I don't think they can fly nor can I see any markings on them. Does anyone know what these are? Any help would be much appreciated!
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  • It looks like some kind of weevil from what I can see through this messed up computer screen. Check and see if there's a food source nearby they may be hatching and emerging from. Grains, nuts, maybe even the wood by your balcony.
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  • They very well could be beetles.Weevils have a long proboscis . I found some good pictures of home invading beetles. Maybe these will help you identify them. The info I found on the doesn't seem like it would apply to your home being that it's newer. They feed on mold growing on the mesh of homes built before the 1950s.The picture with the teal colored background is a Deathwatch beetle, the picture with the darger blu background is the Foreign Grain Beetle (two bumps on thorax) and the picture with the light violet background is a Plaster Beetle. I hope this helps you, I'm no expert but have had to do my share of insect identification because we live in Florida, where every living thing tries it's best to move in with you. Good luck! deathwatch beetle.jpgforeign grain beetle.jpgplaster beetle.jpg
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  • It is not a weevil. What it is is however very hard to tell from the image - from what I see (that the three last segments of the antennae looks proglonged) I dare a guess on something in Anobiidae. If so, perhaps (or perhaps even more rather quite likely) Stegobium paniceum a.k.a. the drugstore/bisquit beetle. It often occurs in masses in stuff like old bisquits, pasta, dried fruit and everything else. Perhaps time to make a kitchen cleanup and check best-before dates? For more info see this link.
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