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May 9, 2012 8:11 PM

What is this?

Can anyone help identify these tiny bettle like creatures?

They are tiny little things, smaller than a grain of rice and are a burgandy colour and I think fly although we mainly see them crawling around the bathroom and on the walls. We are seeing a few of these tiny things around the house each day and the odd dead one on the carpet. Only noticed them the past few weeks.

 

Please can you tell us what they are and how we get rid of them?

 

Thank you!

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    May 9, 2012 10:16 PM (in response to monkeypuzzle)
    Re: What is this?
    It is very, very hard to tell from the images, but I believe that we are inside Anobiidae (again). And I wonder if it isn't Mr Anobium punctatum himself this time - but it is hard to tell, as said before (I think), from the image. Compare this (doesn't the shape of the prothorax scream Anobium punctatum to you? well, it does so to me!). If I'm correct in hearing those screams, you can find more information here.
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        May 10, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to monkeypuzzle)
        Re: What is this?

        Hello,

        By looking at the enlarged image (the first one, which is the clearest), I think these are Biscuit Beetles Stegobium paniceum. The prothorax, seen from above has an angle that Anobium punctatum doesn't have. It's more flat where in meets the elytra, while S. paniceum has this angle with the point touching the elytra. I'm attaching our info sheet on these beetles, and I hope the images will help you see what I mean. Yes, Biscuit Beetles can fly.

        Best wishes,

        Florin

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