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Jan 26, 2011 7:00 PM

Please identify this beettle

I have been finding on average, one a day in my kitchen.  I am worried.   What is it and how do I get rid of it?  Please help.  I have a little  boy and am worried about hygiene too.
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    Jan 26, 2011 8:00 PM (in response to mdebhall)
    Re: Please identify this beettle

    Don't worry, there are a lot of worse things in life than having a couple of beetles on the floor.

     

    I think this is a Dermestid, Attagenus pello is a possibility but I would appreciate a second opinion - how big was it?  Most dermestids infest either seed-based foodstuffs (rice, flour, birdseed etc)  or natural fibres like wool and cotton.  Have a dig round the kitchen to see if you can find anything it might be feeding on.   I had a few of these coming out of my hearth a few years ago, they disappeared eventually.   

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    Jan 27, 2011 9:25 AM (in response to mdebhall)
    Re: Please identify this beettle

    As Clive suggests, size is important, but from what I can see I believe we have a species of Hide Beetle here, either Dermestes haemorhoidalis or D. peruvianus. As their common name suggests they were once a pest of stored hides and leather but feed on a wide range of organic materials, though usually those with a high protein content. In homes this can include dead birds, mice/rats at the latter stages of decay - perhaps stuck up a chimney, in cavity wall, beneath floor boards etc. Otherwise they will also feed on dried cat/dog foods. As Clive suggests have a good search around the kitchen for a food source. Half a dozen of these found in the kitchen suggests that there is a local, but small, infestation that should be fairly simple to get to the bottom of and of no real danger to you or your family.

     

    Let us know how you get on 

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        Jan 27, 2011 3:23 PM (in response to mdebhall)
        Re: Please identify this beettle
        At 5-6mm they may well be Attagenus as Clive suggests, though this image looks more like Dermestes to me. These too species will eat slightly different foods, but in the same general area. A good search of the kitchen and beneath cabinets will hopefully reveal the source.
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