Identifying a Small Black Bug Found Inside?

I keep finding this bug all over a house we are renting. It's really small as you can see in the first picture. It would fit on my thumbnail. In the up-close photo you can see it has whitish spots and one wide whitish stripe. They are really a nuisance and we've sprayed a ton, but they're still here.

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May 30, 20200 found this helpful
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This is actually a really good photo; unfortunately, it is hard to tell whether it has wings or a hard shell. Does it fly? Does it congregate mostly in dark areas, wet areas, or is it an equal opportunity nuisance?

It is possible that this is an old house borer. It feeds on wood, and bears its name because traditionally it infests older homes. However, any wood on any home 10 years old or so could be infested.

This would explain why spraying doesn't seem to work; if it is the borer, it's a structural thing.


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May 30, 20200 found this helpful

on second thought, the borer is supposed to be up to an inch long, and this one you say is smaller.

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June 2, 20200 found this helpful
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No matter how good the photos are, it is still difficult to identify a but as so many are very similar and change completely during different stages of life. Some are more prevalent in one area also.


It looks a lot like an Oriental Cockroach to me but they do get larger than you are saying.
Take a look at the photos and see what you think.

Since you are seeing these quite often it means that whatever you are spraying is either not the correct type or you are not getting to the breeding places.

I would suggest you do one of two things (or both).

Send your question to this site but be sure to tell them where you live.

Take your pictures to either Ace Hardware or True Value Hardware and ask for help as they usually have experienced people who can assist you where other stores generally do not.

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June 27, 20200 found this helpful

That's a baby cockroach. Specifically, a Smoky Brown Cockroach.

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