What Kind of Bug Is This?

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August 4, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like a hard-shelled beetle.

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October 8, 20181 found this helpful

It's a flea. They are common for people who let animals defecate in their home.

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

There are thousands of types of beetles. Sadly seeing them living to see legs and antenna styles is the easiest way to ID them from a photo. I can rarely do from a pix of a dead one (sorry).

Best to take it to the hardware or garden store to get a proper ID if you want to know exactly what it is.

One, I would not freak out about; 6 or more, I would worry. Generally they come into the house for warmth and sometimes for food, like carpet beetles eat carpet glues and there are beetles that eat flour and grains. Most are just lost.

To keep them out of the house, make sure windows are sealed and no holes in the foundation. They can sneak in anywhere and are attracted to yards by vegetation piles, down trees and such. Some beetles....like ladybugs, feed on bad garden critters so you want them around. I don't think it is a lady bug. Just using that as an example of the good, along with the bad and ugly.


If you found it in the carpet, vacuum well,and be on the look out for more. If you found it in the pantry, you may want to check all of your flours and grains and toss any if you find more.

Hope this helps and that you find an answer!

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

it almost looks like a flea to me but i know it is too big and beetle-like

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October 6, 20181 found this helpful

It is a big , fat , pregnant flea !

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October 4, 20181 found this helpful

it looks like a flea

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

Very shiny to be a flea. Most tend to be more brown. Someone remarked it could be pregnant flea... is possible. Could also be full of blood.


Fleas can get in homes even with no pets. They hitch rids on clothing, baggage, shoes. If you do have critters, flea bath! Then a good flea drop treatment. This will run you about $70.00, but you get what you pay for. May want to get professional treatment from a vet.
Next, treat the home. I buy a couple big boxes of salt, sprinkle liberally, let sit all day, then vacuum up. Kills the larvae. Bug bombs are also good, but you gotta keep vacuuming... The eggs that fall off the animal are stimulated to hatch by vibration around them. Vacuum daily to stimulate hatching and removing of larvae and eggs... Even on hardwood and vinyl! Use a flea comb on your pet to check on your flea-eradication progress. Crunchy, black, dirt-like specks are flea poop... Means you still have fleas. Don't give up. They can be hard to get rid of sometimes, but persevere!

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

If you are anywhere near a University they may have an entymologist that can help identify.

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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

the back legs make it look like an aquatic beetle of some sort

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June 8, 20190 found this helpful

It is absolutely a flea. When alive, they will look longer and skinnier, and you won't see those long "jack-rabbit" like legs sticking out the back. This is exactly how they look when dead.


I always catch them (pinch hard between two fingers) and put them in a ziplock till they die. This way you can confirm it is indeed a flea (otherwise they don't sit still long enough to tell) AND you can make sure it ends up dead!

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