We thought they may be carpet beetles but not too sure. We lifted one carpet and there were dozens of seemingly dead adults stuck under it. Since then we have fumigated and used spray and have been hoovering but they seem to be coming out of nowhere. Perhaps hiding in skirting boards/floor boards. Also they seem more active at night. They are getting quite annoying as we have to keep our clothes in bags off the floor and makes us feel unsettled.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi thanks for the quick reply. They do look quite a lot like the spider beetle and have the same behavioural pattern (coming out at night, hiding in places), the only thing is that the ones we have seem to be more around materials then food items. For an example, I found about a dozen in two different leathery type shoes as well as on a couple of back packs which I ended up having to throw out. Unless it's their preferred breeding ground.. Yuk!
In that case perhaps you ought to check out Niptus - the golden spider beetle. Do you think it could be that one? I can't quite tell from the photos. It feeds on leather and other materials.
Hi again. Sorry for late reply.
Some of them do look similar to some of the ones seen. There seem to be of different shades here for some reason. Perhaps different breeds? I have included a few more pictures of to show different aspects. Hope they help.
Sorry for dirt around them on the dustpan. Was scooping bit of dirt when saw them.
I'm still inclined to think they're a Ptinus species, not Niptus. As they will feed on some animal materials (e.g. fur) maybe they're detecting odours left on your shoes and rucksack (sorry). The lighter beetles may be the ones that have more recently become adult - that is the case with some other beetles.