Please help with insect identification.


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Old 09-14-21, 03:48 PM
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Please help with insect identification.

I found about 20 of these little blighters on my bed today. They are clumsy and measure about 1mm.
Iíve attached an image and would welcome any help please?
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Old 09-14-21, 04:05 PM
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Just some sort of beetle. Probably a nuisance for you but harmless.
 
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Where are you located? Different parts of the country and world have different insects.
 
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Thx for the replies.
Iím in an apartment in NYC, we recently had a massive roof leak and now these little guys are everywhere.
 
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Definitely a beetle as Xsleeper said; probably a "stored product pest" meaning that somewhere nearby there are products such as grain, cereal, flour, nuts, seeds, pet food, woolen materials, taxidermy, animal skins/furs, stored nearby. Check inside closets and boxes and storage areas that you haven't seen in a long time.

This beetle may be a "saw toothed grain beetle". The body shape is similar, but I can't see it well enough to see if the saw-toothed edges are there. In any case, I feel certain that it is a stored product pest of some sort.

Magnify the sides of the insect, the middle body part section (thorax), to see if the saw toothed edges are present.
 
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With the additional info about the roof leak, I would add that stored product pests, some species, will live in decomposing organic matter such as could be found in a roof leak. If so, then the resulting repairs/drying would go a long way to slow/stop the problem.

The roof leak could also be co=incidental, too, so I'd continue with thorough inspection as noted above. Keep us posted.
 
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So Here is an update. I noticed after the leaks that the walls and ceilings were darkening, my guess was mold.
I sprayed everything with a water/bleach solution every day for the last 3 days and today I noticed that the bugs have stopped appearing. I’m not sure if it was a coincidence with the bugs and the mold appearing and then disappearing at similar times but the bug problem has definitely abated.
Thank you everyone for your input and kind help
Paul
 
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If you had a massive roof leak you better call your insurance agent since you probably do have a ton of mold in the insulation, framing, and the back of the drywall.
 
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If the bleach/water did anything to the beetles, it may simply be repelling them. I suspect there are hidden issues of mold, chronic moisture, insects out of sight, but still present.
 
 

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