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Identifying Small Brown Bugs

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Determining what kind of insect pest you have, will help you find the best way to get rid of them. The discussions found below are about trying to identify small brown bugs.
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June 28, 2018

Does anyone know what kind of bug this is? And how to get rid of it? I keep finding them in the bathtub. They are very tiny and slow moving. I can not tell if they have wings. Here are some pictures. It was hard to get a picture since they are so little.

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June 28, 20180 found this helpful
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Looks like silverfish. They like water and paper.

en.m.wikipedia.org/.../Silverfish

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Prevention is the best medicine! A dehumidifier helps, as does getting rid of paper and cardboard. There is a good natural, safe way to get rid of them described here:

www.apartmenttherapy.com/silverfish-how-to-get-rid-of-them...

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October 11, 2018

I have been finding these bugs on my dog near his butt and back area. He wears his flee collar all the time so does anyone have any idea what bug this is and why all of a sudden I'm finding them?

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October 11, 20180 found this helpful

It could be a tick. Ask the vet.

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July 7, 2018

Can anyone help me with identifying this type of bug? There are a ton of them around the floor boards all around the room. I clean it all up and they are right back the next day!

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This room isn't sealed very well from the outdoors also. Thank you.

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July 7, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like a brown beetle. Spray with an insecticide

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February 24, 2017

I have been seeing these small brown bugs in my apartment. Now I have found them in my bed. They are small thin brown bugs and when I smash them they ooze brown stuff.

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They are not bed bugs. How can I find out what they are and how to get rid of them?

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Put some in a plastic bag. Seal well. Take to your local health department or even a garden center. Don't crush them.

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

If I ere you I would follow Judy's advise, or go to an exterminator, especially if they have a diy exterminator shop in your area. Many exterminators actually give a free consult.

Aside from that, websites like this can help you find out what they are. www.insectidentification.org/true-bugs.asp

One thing you want to make sure is that it's not a deer tick! Apparently they can resemble the thing you found. Here's a thread that discuss other types of bugs it could be bedbugger.com/.../close-to-tears-and-panicking-do-any...

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

You can also contact your local Agricultural Agency (just Google this with your zip and you will find their web page).

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Send them an email with a photo and any information you have about how many are you seeing, where do you see them, when did you first see them, what happened in your home (new plants indoors, groceries, clothing changes, etc.) days before first seeing these bugs. They will also want to know their approximate size as well as at least one good close-up photo.

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

Take them and a photo to your local state university extension. Master Gardeners have training in identifying bugs. Find your local extension and call them.

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July 10, 2018

Can anyone tell me what kind of small brown bug or insect flies? At first I thought it was a baby roach, but I read baby roaches don't fly so I'm just super confused.

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April 26, 2018

My daughters and I are getting bitten in our beds. At first I thought bed bugs, but can't find evidence. I found the bug, on my hand, just now. And as I look at it it's biting me and it's stinging and then leaves a huge welt. I didn't take a picture of it, but it's tiny, like I could mistake it for a crumb. About the size of a grain of rice, long and thin, dark brown. The bites are super itchy and have a small black dot in the middle after a few days. I'm a single mom and I need to get rid of these things.

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April 1, 2017

I have these brown bugs that are small, but I can see them crawling on my bed. I see they are in my bathroom too. I don't know what to do. We tried bed bug spray even though they don't look like them, but the spray doesn't work. They go away for 2 weeks then it seems they come back. What do I do?

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September 20, 2010

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.
www.bugclinic.com/carpet_beetle.htm

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Still feeding the little buggers. I live in Arkansas, and we have Crepe Myrtles, there are a lot in this area. I found some info on Carpet Beetles and it seems they like Crepe Myrtles, so I guess it is inevitable that we would have a few.

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August 21, 2019

Does anyone know what kind of bug this is? I tried getting a closer picture, but my camera wouldn't focus. It is a small dark brown oval-shaped bug. I find them randomly throughout the house.

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January 15, 2019

I was sitting on my bed and noticed this bug crawling next to me. I though it might have been a bed bug, but I don't have any bites.
Please help.

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June 15, 2018

I found a dark brown bug on my bed, I only found one. I took the sheets off and washed my blankets in hot water. I even searched my entire bed to make sure there weren't any other bugs hiding. I'm just wondering if anybody can identify it, it would be very help.

I appreciate all the help that I can get. That was the best I could do with getting pictures of it.

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October 12, 2017

I found this small bug on the floor in the bathroom and found one in a bag that I emptied on the carpet floor. Any guesses?

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September 16, 2016

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 3, 2019

What bug is this? It is tiny, brown, and has a black spot on its back/stomach. I found it on my sink; I barely noticed it. It doesn't have legs all around it's body only in the head area. Lol sorry for the poor description. I burnt the thing cause I didn't wanna try to squish it and it not get squished due to it being so tiny.

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June 11, 2018

I've seen this bug twice in my room and I'm kinda terrified it's some type of mite. Could someone please tell me what it is?

Thank you.

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November 22, 2010

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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September 12, 2019

I've been finding these bugs everywhere. I've changed the sheets, but they keep coming back. I've tried to compare them to a bed bug, but it doesn't fit the description well. I don't have any bites, but I don't know how to get rid of them. Are they harmful?

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July 17, 2019

I have tiny brown bugs on wood door. Any IDs?

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