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Jul 8, 2018 6:40 PM

Small brown beetles found in house

We've recently come across quite a lot of these little brown beetles hiding under waste paper bins and boxes, in bedrooms and our bathroom. They don't seem to have the antenna characteristics of a biscuit beetle, as they have lots of segments not just three. It's hard to see, but they also don't seem to have the right shaped heads for furniture beetles, nor is there any sign associated with woodworm like holes or dust. We'd like to know what they are so we can treat them appropriately. We live in a victorian house which is dry to our knowledge. Thank you to anyone who can help!

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    Jul 9, 2018 11:33 AM (in response to Herdiebest)
    Re: Small brown beetles found in house

    These are Spider Beetles, the photos not detailed enough for certainty but I think the Ptinus tectus species, commonly known as the Australian Spider Beetle.   These live of stored cupboard foods and can also eat old bread.  Removing their food source gets rid of the problem.   You may find something stored that's infested, but they can also feed on the detritus in old birds nest and the like in attics or eaves.

     

    Tony

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