Hi, I need help identifying some little house bugs. I have found them all over the house, about10 in total.
Small brown, I think 6 legs. Look shiny on their backs and very round full body. I thought bed bugs but they don't look like the images I found and I don't have any bites or animals. When I pick them up the curl into a ball, I just put them outside.
It is a spider beetle, one of the Ptinidae (21 species in Britain).
I think yours is a shiny spider beetle - a species of Gibbium. These can require dissection and microscopic examination for proper ID. However, there are two likely candidates:
If you are in North America: - Gibbium aequinoctiale
If you are in Europe - Gibbium psylloides
Here's a photo of the latter
- http://www.naturamediterraneo.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7497 (I don't expect you to be able to read the text)
If you are in the UK, the latter would be interesting since it is, going on this distribution map, rare:
If you want to ID it yourself, there's a key in David Rees' 'Insects of Stored Products', which you can access here (p.25; click and drag to scroll up/down)
Refs on Ptinidae:
Thank you for helping, I am in the UK and the photo of the Hump Spider Beetle (Gibbium psylloides) looks just like them.
The information says they are a food store pest but I haven't seen any in my kitchen or cupboards, more upstairs really. I am a bit worries about why they have suddenly appeared. Do you know any other reasons they could be in houses?
They can be found in various places depending on whether they are living(and feeding), dispersing or exploring having been displaced.
But before looking for an explanation for where you find them, I suggest you contact your local council's pest control officer, in order to:
- confirm/correct the ID
- get advice on what to do
Your local coundil may have a web site, which may include some pages concerning domestic pests, and contact numbers.
Please let us know the outcome.