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Jul 13, 2013 8:57 PM

Help please in identification

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?

Thank you!

Pidge

 

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    Jul 13, 2013 8:51 PM (in response to Pidge)
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    The image isn't opening, maybe best tp upload it directly to this site.

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        Jul 13, 2013 9:48 PM (in response to Pidge)
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        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.

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        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. ...

         

        Ray

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            Jul 14, 2013 12:07 AM (in response to Pidge)
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            Hi Pidge

             

            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?

             

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            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

             

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            (Sorry about the spelling, but I'm  dyslexic and this is a totally and utterly dyslexia-unfriendly site)..

             

            Ray

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              Jul 14, 2013 7:21 AM (in response to Afterforty)
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              Ray, i agree with yoru comments.

               

              Pidge,

              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

              http://www.woodworm-info.co.uk/boron_google_identifytreatment.htm?gclid=CP_y0PmqrrgCFYWN3godzHAAVw

              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...

               

              Mike

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                  Jul 14, 2013 7:41 PM (in response to Pidge)
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                  Hi Pidge,

                  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.

                   

                  Ray

                   

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                      Jul 14, 2013 8:19 PM (in response to Pidge)
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                      Hi,

                      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.

                       

                      "Noise" is a term in photography (and in information theory in general) - the grainy effect you get from pushing the exposure up a bit too much.  It ain't a cockroach, OK?

                       

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                      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.

                       

                      Ray

                       

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