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A small brown bug on a wooden surface.This bug was found in a drawer next to my bed where I have some candy. I'm in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, please help!


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March 28, 20210 found this helpful
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Your picture is okay but not close or clear enough to tell distinguishing type of bug - how many legs and where are they located help to classify bugs.
Do they look smooth or have 'lines or color' on their backs?
Size and do they fly?
How many have you seen and where were the located?

It seems like you are saying this bug was found in your bedroom side table and this is the only one you have seen.
Your picture looks like you have one of the common household beetles - could be the red flour, drugstore, pantry, etc type beetle but most of these are found in the same places and do about the same type of damage.


Most likely there are more of these 'somewhere' in your house so you'll have to do a thorough search before you can start a cleaning project.

It's possible you do not have an infestation so your clean-up job should be fairly easy but needs to be thorough because everyone of these have to be found and removed.
We do not know if you live in an apartment, house, mobile home, or just a room so most suggestions will just be general and you will have to adapt to your situation.

Household beetles can be brought in in numerous ways:
Groceries, brown bags, plants, boxes, pantry foods, cracks in doorways or windows.
They can be beetles that love fabrics and eat clothes and stuff but your beetle looks more like the 'food' eating beetle.
These are usually more likely found in a kitchen - mostly in a pantry or anywhere that packaged/bagged/boxed food is found (and they love dry pet food!).


Here is list of things to get you started:
DIY Beetle Control Program
Inspect their favorite hiding spots (listed above)
Use a vacuum to suck up beetles on the spot.
Clean up food after every meal.
Seal pantry items in containers with lids.
Place bags/boxes in freezer to kill bugs and then place in sealable containers.
Discard any that appear not savable.
Keep closets clutter-free to avoid beetle infestations.
Use beetle control products if necessary but just be sure to clean the area before replacing food containers. A good cleaning with white vinegar/water is usually good enough - 1 part white vinegar/2-3 parts water.

You may have to reinspect again in 2 or 3 weeks just to be sure you removed all of the bugs.

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March 19, 20210 found this helpful

A more focused photo with a ruler or coin next to the bug for size perspective will help find out what this bug is, Please post back and we'll be better able to help.

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March 19, 20210 found this helpful

I think this is the red flour beetle.

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March 20, 20210 found this helpful

This is Coleoptera- one of 400,000 species of the Beetle family. They are not harmful to humans, but they love to destroy plant life. Regular insecticide will get rid of them.

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March 20, 20210 found this helpful

This is a hard shelled beetle. Harmless.

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