I have found four of these recently in my sitting room - can anyone please help identify what it is and how to get rid of them?
I can see them now , but there just isn't enough detail in the pics to make any suggestion as to what they are. I can see that the bug has long antennae, and appears to have what looks like feathering on a leg, and that's after using all my Photoshop skills. but ...
Clearly you are concerned about them being in your home. That's understandable.
Best first to get a good Id. Few bugs are a real and lasting problem.
Since you have captured one - why not send it to NHM - they will help.
Some local authorities can help - particularly those with a Biological Records Officer/Centre or an Ecologist.
Questions I would have include:
How old is the house?
If it's new, was it built on farmland or...
Are the bugs out in the day , or there when you get up in the morning , or...
What part of UK are you in. ...
Thank you Ray
I will try and take a better photo tomorrow - but I live in a Victorian conversion (first and second floors) in South London. These have only just appeared after renovation work recently - the room had been shut up for some time. I only found the three this afternoon after shaking one of the curtains in my sitting room - the first one was spotted flying around late last Saturday night and the second on Sunday morning. I have been unaware of anything in the interim
Sending it to NHM is a good idea
Many thanks - it is a worry. My first thought was that they were cockroaches!
We seem to have lost the troll who suggested it was a bug that has not yet been recorded in UK :arhopalus productus..
.... and they don't look anything like any cockroach I have ever encountered. ... and I remember every single one of them , and the sound each one made chomping thu my food supplies. :-)
Bettter pics would really help.
Does the occupant of the ground floor flat have the same issue, does he have a basement or cellar?, maybe?
My son has just moved into the ground floor of a similar conversion in Brockley SE London. All the bugs we've found there so far have been really nice ones! Try: http://flic.kr/p/ePoGAM
(Sorry about the spelling, but I'm dyslexic and this is a totally and utterly dyslexia-unfriendly site)..
Ray, i agree with yoru comments.
It is a beetle. It is too big for larder/carpet/manyother beetle pests.
But it could be one of the woodworm beetles. Have a look at the photos here
You may decide, as have I, that yours is more elongate than most/all of them. In which case, there are several other beetles it could be. In that case, we'd need your upcoming more-detailed photo...
Hi Mike and Ray
Please find attached another 2 photos taken today... which I hope make it easier to identify what they are
I found another 3 today - one alive and two dead
Am very grateful for your help
I downloaded your pics, and did a bit of photoshopping on Bug3 - to bring out the colouration of the beetle (it also creates a bit of noise), , hope you don't mind.
I'll look at properly later tonight, I didn't recognise it straight-off. - I put the revised image up so that others could see it as I saw it. Many people on here are much better at Id'ing beetles than I am.
It would be a good idea to get the dead ones posted off to NHM tomorrow with a cover note referencing this discussion thread. Nothing like a specimen for getting a confirmed Id.
Ah - now I understand the reference to noise! Plus I also get that it isn't a cockroach...
Will do as you suggest and post off to NHM tomorrow with a cover note
Am very grateful for all your help with this... bugworld is all new to me
It looks like a cerambycid (longhorn beetle), most of which feed on dead wood in nthe larval stage. It probably is identifiable from a good photo (say I, but I'm not a beetle expert). This one looks a reasonable match but it would need a better photo to have a chance of an ID - http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds4/insectinfocusarhopalusrusticus.htm
I can only agree with what jaguarondi says,
What is interesting is that there no evidence that I can find of cerambycids infesting a house (unless all the the furniture is made of wood covered in its original bark - just joking). Given that you live on the first and seconf floors - probably some 12 foot above ground level and the window openings another 6 foot up - their flying in seems somewhat remote, particularly the quantities you are seeing.
All of which makes your shipping of the dead ones to NHM the more essential.
Lets us all know what transpires ! I'm fascinated by it all.
(On BugGuide (the really great US bug Id site), someone from Arizona did once write in to say that he had found what turned out to be anarhopalus rusticus on his kitchen floor, but that hardly equates to your experience. )
I am going to send it to NHM as you suggest.
I had a bag of logs in the sitting room which may have had something to do with them, possibly... but I will of course let you know when I hear back from NHM
Thanks so much for all your help
Did you send it to us? From photos alone it looks like a longhorn beetle (family Cerambycidae), one possible candidate being Arhopalus rusticus.