Tiny black bugs near patio door

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Old 11-24-19, 01:26 PM
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Tiny black bugs near patio door

Any one know what hese tiny bugs are?
Coming out near patio door where carpenter ant damage that was recently repaired.

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Old 11-24-19, 01:53 PM
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That's a weevil of some type.
 
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Old 11-24-19, 01:55 PM
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Is it a serious issue or easily manageable? I've found about 10-12 so far
 
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They don't seem to be harmful to your house.

Weevils in your area
 
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Yep, it's a weevil of some sort. Search for images of "weevil". The pic doesn't show the details needed to make a positive ID, but consider that it may be a grain weevil. Look closely at the marking on the top of the weevil. The pattern of striation or stippling or markings in general will go a long way to proper ID. Knowing what kind of weevil it is will lead you to their harborage and food source, etc.

I doubt that it is related to the previous carpenter ant damage. In general, a grain weevil is attracted whole grains, seeds, etc. Flour weevils are attracted to processed flour/meal. This is why proper ID is helpful.

Any chance that bird seed is anywhere near the patio? Pet food?
 
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Thanks for the info! I font see any markings on the bugs. They are do small they just look black. There is no bird seeds or pet food near the door. I did find them around the kitchen area. Last night I cleaned out the pantry and also did a deep clean behind the range and refrigerator.

Should I clean out the spices as well?
 
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If you're finding them inside, then yes some serious inventory inspection and control needs to be scheduled. Look at all flours, meals, seeds, nut, pet food, cereals, grass seed,etc. You get the idea. I imagine spices could get infested, but usually they are in glass/plastic jars. If/when you find an infestation, don't stop as there may be a secondary infestation too.

It isn't a matter of simply cleaning as these weevils are known as "stored product pests" as are various beetles, moths, etc. This means that there is a source, even though you are finding them out and about, there is at least one source which has probably been consumed, and they are now moving out looking for more. Keep us posted.
 
 

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