Identifying Small Brown Bugs

Determining what kind of insect pest you have, will help you find the best way to get rid of them. This guide is about identifying small brown bugs.
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September 16, 2016 Flag

Does anyone know what this bug is? I found it on the towel and I noticed there's one in our bathroom sink dead. It's brown. Please help. It's not a bed bug, right?

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

The picture of the bug is too small to identify. A bed bug is a bit larger and fatter than this bug. It would help to know your city and state and the date of your picture.

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

I found this this week. I live in toronto, ontario, canada

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

With your picture enlarged, it may be possible for an expert to identify the insect. Your picture, or better, a specimen should be presented to your local County Health Department, Vector Control Division.

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

Whether you have found bed bugs or other, you should be able to get all the information you need, here

http://www1.tor  000071d60f89RCRD

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September 19, 2016 Flag

Does anyone know what this bug is? I found it on the towel and I noticed there's one in our bathroom sink dead. It's brown. Please help. I found it this week and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is a larger photo than the original in my first request, hopefully that helps.

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September 19, 20161 found this helpful

My husband, the entomologist, identifies your bug as a harmless (to humans) grain beetle-one type of many! Eats grain, flours, cereals, etc. You should check your kitchen for all possible sources of contagion. A good plan is to completely clean your pantry, throw out all opened and unopened grain packages, eliminate all possible food sources for this beetle. When you purchase any new grain item, store in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any pests living in the box or bag; then the grain will be safe in your pantry unless, of course, the beetles are already there.

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September 20, 2010 Flag

I found some bugs in my son's bedding today. I was afraid they were bed bugs, but after looking at some pics I am pretty sure they are not. I would still like to know what they are.

They are about 4mm long, elongated, dark brown on the ends and light brown or cream in the middle, but they are not segmented. They have a lot of legs. They kind of remind me of a pill bug, but much smaller and a different color, or maybe a weevil, but I did not find them around food. Please help.

By DJ

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September 20, 20100 found this helpful

Except for the size, they might be carpet beetles. You don't mention where you live, and that could narrow it down a little.

Good luck!

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September 21, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks. They do look like the carpet beetle larvae pictures I found. I put the three I found in a jar and am going to try to feed them until they mature to make sure that is what they are. In the meantime, I will be cleaning and cleaning and cleaning. :)

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

If they have more than 6 legs, they are not insects but another sort of critter. Spiders and mites have 8 legs, but I am pretty sure they all have a spidery look to them. If it has more than 8 legs, it is a millipede or centipede of some sort. If they have legs, they are not a larva, but are an adult critter of some sort.

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Hello again, I just looked up carpet beetles, and saw the pictures of the larva. I can see why, if this is what you had, you would call the "hairs" legs, as they look like that although they are not really legs. Here is the link to the site that I found that gives some good info about them. We do not have them here in Saskatchewan, thank goodness.

http://www.bugc  arpet_beetle.htm

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November 22, 2010 Flag

Does anyone know what these are? They are little brown bugs that look kind of like beetles. They have wings and I think they come in through the back door. They tend to stay in the kitchen and have never been spotted upstairs.

By Megan from OH

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

Probably either cigarette beetles or drugstore beetles coming from pantry food; crackers, biscuit mix, even dry dog food. Usually something that is old and been around awhile.

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November 24, 20100 found this helpful

Pantry bugs. I had a horrible infestation years ago in our apartment. You'll need to throw out all flour and pasta items you may have in there. Once your pantry is empty, you can spray insecticide (roach spray will do) to kill them. Scrub the pantry thoroughly with soap and water. It's a good idea to store your pasta items and flour in plastic containers to prevent them to from getting into your food again.

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January 17, 20110 found this helpful

I think this what we call stink bugs. I am infested with them this past summer and this winter . If you squash them, they stink real bad. I don't know how to get rid of them. Help from anyone.

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November 20, 20110 found this helpful

l tried Cedarcide on some ants last summer and was happy to get rid of that problem. It was really annoying the way they crawled onto the windowsill and onto my computer. I just sprayed the windowsill and window and they stopped coming and some died as I sprayed them.

It's supposed to be good for all insects. Haven't had a chance to use it on any other bugs. It is completely non-toxic to people. I ordered it over the internet because I heard an ad on the radio. It's good for use on everything except plants.

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March 1, 2013 Flag

What is this bug? It is small, brown, smooth backed, with a small crack down the center. It dies easily when upsidedown.

By Becky from Bryan, OH

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March 2, 20130 found this helpful

They sound like flour weevils. Go thru your shelves for products containing flour (old cake mix, cereal etc.) Get rid of all of them and store your flour in plastic containers with a tight lid. The weevils come in flour products. If products are left sitting on the shelf long enough they hatch and reproduce. I cleaned out my pantry and never saw them again.

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March 3, 20130 found this helpful

Without a photo it's kind of hard. But here is a google search of a weevil and it it's the right one, you will know.

https://www.goo  1024&bih=677

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July 9, 2013 Flag

I have quite a few tiny little "spiders", orangey brown in colour, in my toilet bowl. When I flush, they come back and seem to be trying to get out. What are they and are they dangerous/do they bite?
Thanks.

By Janet S.

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July 11, 20130 found this helpful

I don't know what they could be but I would spray right now! Yikes, never heard of such a thing!

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September 18, 2010 Flag

I found two dead, small light brown, oval shaped bugs in the crease of my mattress and one alive. There is no sign of any other bugs. What could they be?

By Ty from San Diego, CA

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September 20, 20100 found this helpful

Since I have been seeing on TV there is an epidemic of bedbugs, you might want to take a look at this picture. This is a bedbug. If your bugs look like this you may want to check out the site, as there is lots of info on what to do if you discover them in your home, and how to prevent an infestation in your home. They are easily carried in from motels, movie theaters, etc.

Copy this in your browser to see more information.

http://www.medi  bugs/article.htm

Hope this helps,

Harlean from Arkansas

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September 21, 20100 found this helpful

They are probably bed bugs. Check along the baseboards behind the bed too, at the top of the baseboard. Lift up your mattresses and box springs and check around the bed frame too.

Brenda

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March 30, 2011 Flag

I have little brown bugs around my toilet. They move very slowly and look like ticks.

By Jim

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

If you can post a picture of one it will be easier. If you dont have that ability capture one in a bottle and take it to your local agricultural office,home improvement place or find someone big into bugs (I talked to a guy at a University once about praying mantis).

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April 24, 2013 Flag

I noticed a few small brownish reddish bugs in my kitchen. I have lived on Maui for over six years and this is the first time ever seeing them. They appear to be more round in shape then long and slender. I had a box of Milk Bones for my dog and that is where I found the majority of them.

By Daniel M

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November 6, 2010 Flag

About a week ago I started noticing little brown flying bugs in my bedroom. They don't bite and fly pretty slowly. I did a lot of searching and think they are Anobiid powderpost beetles. I'm having seconds thoughts because I can't find any holes in my furniture. They are attracted by moisture in furniture and I don't seem to have that problem. Although, I have a wicker shelf that's more than 20 years old and that's where I see the majority of them. I pretty positive that they are these powderpost bugs, but I really just need some reassurance I guess.

By Kristin from Charleston, SC

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