Insect to identify, thank you in advance

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Insect to identify, thank you in advance

Hi

Place: indoor/Apartment, Brooklyn NY

I found small insect in my place recently, not a bedbug or ticks I think (as I browse through the web for pictures) but look close:
the major difference is the body look like a small balloon, brown.
They move very slowly. 6 legs + antenna

I tried to take picture option on macro without success (operator error....)

Context: fairly old building, they are coming from the ceilings, the owner above used to have a dog, I think we have mice too in the ceiling... Maybe a parasite related to mice?

Thank you very much for your help!
Larry.
 
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you will have to post a picture or find a picture/website as that description is a little to vauge to be of much help.
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Larry, unfortunately you don't say what color(s) these insects are.

Have you looked at pictures of woodlice or silverfish?
http://slam.teluff.com/php/slamcatdetail.php?ID=6

Several types of beetles.
http://slam.teluff.com/php/slamcatdetail.php?ID=7

Earwigs.
http://www.photovault.com/Link/Order...QVolume01.html

If they are really tiny it could be a bird mite. Anyone have pet birds?
http://www.ento.psu.edu/extension/fa.../birdmites.htm

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Larry, you can upload a picture to a host site- use Picasa if you have a Google account, or photobucket works fine. Post a link here or use the insert icon (right above where we type...looks like a mountain with sun)

Newt he said brown.

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Connie, thanks for pointing that out.

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Photo coming soon

Thank you very much everyone, I know I need to have a photo.

I browsed through the photos from Newt, It appears these guys don't belong to one of the categories (beetles, etc...).

I am going to buy a new camera this week, my macro function does not work proprely. Thank you Connie for the advice of the picture upload.

Speedwrench, do you know by any chance a website, that shows picture of insects by categories (beside the one from Newt, which is great by the way).

A key detail: its body is well rounded, brown, most of them are about 2mm, their legs have the same size as their body, except their last pair of legs which appears longer than the other ones, this insect moves by crawling slowly.

I really appreciate your inputs,

All the best,
Larry.
 
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Found!

I am pretty sure this is the one!

SPIDER BEETLES (great name... "oh darling we have spider beetles in the apartment!"...)

http://www.ento.psu.edu/extension/fa...iderbeetle.htm

Any experience with those guys?

Larry.
 
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http://www.ent.iastate.edu/imagegal/ticks/
try this web site to see if anything looks right
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here is a pic of a spiderbeetle

 
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Spider beetles are often found in attics where bats, rodents, and birds have left their droppings. An inspection of the attic should be made. Look for signs of droppings and make identification. If you have had rodents, inspect wiring for damage, as chewed wires can result in house fire. Infested insulation should be replaced. Feces should be removed and affected areas disinfected. Wildlife in the ceiling can also expose humans inhabitants to mites and disease. Seal all possible entries into the attic area to keep out bats, rodents, and birds.

Insecticide spray can be used to kill adult spider beetles. Repeat applications will be required as new beetles emerge from eggs hidden in cracks and crevices. Larvae may bore into wood.

Be grateful that your spider beetles are not as large as the one in the above photo. I don't think any recommended insecticides would be effective for its control.
 
 

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