Click beetle

6396  Please identify. This was found in my newer build home near light switch in en-suite. Never seen before. Was smaller than picture. Brantford, Ontario Canada


Number 6396. This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental intruder.

Rove beetle

6366  May 15 2019. It’s been rainy and the ground is moist. I have an outdoor pen for my indoor cats so that they can be protected while outside. I found about 12 of these very small insects on my cat who came in from the garden behind our house. They are very small about a cm or so and moved quickly. I first thought they were small black seeds but then they started wiggling on the brush, like small ants and moved quickly on a piece of kleenex. They seemed to be making her scratch. Are these Rove Beetles? From: Guelph, Ontario N1C1E3 Canada

Number 6366 This is indeed a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). As you likely already know, these are general predators on other small arthropods, and should cause no harm to your cats.

larder beetle

6355 From: St. Adolphe Manitoba R5A 1A1. Canada

Number 6355 This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pest species. Click here for more detailed information.

Varied carpet beetle

6354  From: Carleton Place, ON K7C 4R7. Canada

Number 6354 This looks like a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). See Click here or more detailed information and Click here elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Carpet beetle

6339 Hello, I have no idea what this is. I found it on the window frame of our bedroom when I got home from work at 6pm. Please let me know what this is! From Toronto, ON

Number 6339 This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it looks like a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbesci. The adults often are found at windows where they have been attracted by the light in their attempt to get outside. Click here elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Cigarette Beetle or Black Carpet Beetle

6244 Found this scrambling under my bed when I was doing an inspection. I did crush it a little, hence the break and ooze at the bottom. Scared it’s a bed bug, but it doesn’t look like bed bug pictures I found. From Toronto, ON

Number 6244 – This beetle could be either in the family Anobiidae (such as the cigarette beetle) or Dermestidae (such as the black carpet beetle); a clearer view of its antennae would be helpful. Definitely not a bed bug!