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Jun 22, 2010 9:05 PM

Strange bug in house

Hi, I wonder if someone on here can help me.


In my old house, we used to see these bugs around - probably 2-3 a week. Strange little things, they look like a little brown beetle and i'm pretty sure they fly although if you touch them, they just seem to walk off rather than fly... but i'm sure i've seen wings under their back.


They are so small, probably about 2mm long.


I recently moved and as we were moving house, under my sons bed we found quite a few dead ones that had gone see-thru in an old CD case.


Now in the new house i'm seeing the same things, again probably 2-3 a week however I dont ever seem to find them upstairs, they are just in the living room. Theres not much in the room, no carpet either. I make a point of hoovering under my sons bed every other week or so now but i've not seen any in his room at all - in fact like I say, I dont remember seeing any upstairs at all since we moved in.


.. I wonder if they are living in one of the sofas... yuk!


Is this something local to the area (the new house is only about 5 mins drive from the old one) or could I have brought it with us? And does anyone have an idea of what it could be?


Below are some photos of a dead one I just found on the windowsill. It's actually a bit darker brown than it looks in the photos, the flash lit it up.


Any help would be very much appreciated - I just want to know what on earth they are.

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    Jun 22, 2010 9:45 PM (in response to koopah)
    Re: Strange bug in house
    These little critters are anobiid beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae) and from these images I would say they are Stegobium paniceum (Bread beetle or Drugstore beetle) rather than Anobium punctatum (Woodworm). Bread beetle feed on a surprisingly wide range of organic materials including stored herbs and many other stored food products. They are sometimes associated with foods such as bread brought back by birds in loft spaces or chimneys. I have even known of infestations feeding on the crumbs and food debris that falls to the bottom of sofas so that could indeed be the source of these in your home.
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