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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.

Carpet beetle

6362 Found it alive on the towel in the bathroom. Can you tell me what is it? Is it a bed bug? Thank you! From: Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X3 Canada

Number 6362 This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), possibly a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci. Click here for detailed information and Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control suggestions.

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!