Identifying Small Black Bugs

I found them in my cupboard, cleaned it and there were just a couple of them. I now find them randomly on my bedsheet. This is a very recent discovery though! I always keep my room super clean and there is no food in my room either. I am not sure what to do about them. Are these the bugs which get attracted to light and have no purpose, but to annoy humans with their presence?
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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

This is a hard-shelled beetle. Make sure there is no moisture attracting them.

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

Would keeping napthelen balls in my cupboard help getting rid of them?

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

Definitely some sort of beetle. Doesn't look harmful :)

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

Any idea on how can I get rid of them?

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October 5, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like a biscuit beetle or a cigarette beetle (they seem to have different names depending on where you live):

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They feast on pantry staples....and can migrate in your house visting other rooms living on crumbs and such (this is why it is recommended only to eat in one room...but I know that can be a challenge).

They came from a flour bag from the store when I had them years ago. It was a matter of cleaning out the entire pantry, vacuum up any bugs and immediately get rid of the vacuum bag.

Go through and toss any items that have been eaten (flour, sugar, cereal, etc.) Take the bag outside and far from the house until trash pick up day. Also do a really good vacuum of any other rooms where you saw them and wash all bedding in HOT water (if they are colors...be sure you can use hot and not have the colors bleed--if colors bleed wash in the appropriate temperature and do 2 rinses)

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Clean out your cabinets with a safe cleaner for what they are made of (mine were plastic at the time and I cleaned them with hot water and a bleach solution...but if you have wood...follow whatever usual cleaning method you use that is safe for YOUR cabinets).

In my case that got rid of the problem...one treatment and done. I have had friends who have had infestations and had to call in the pros...that makes me nervous because they use dangerous chemicals and I am very sensitive...plus I have pets.

If you have to go that route, be sure to understand fully what they are spraying and how to protect yourself, pets and small children!

Good luck with this! It is a pain, but totally solvable!!

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October 5, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much!!

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October 5, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much!!

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