Asked on Aug 23, 2015

Tiny bugs in light!

Sarah Renteria
by Sarah Renteria
I have these tiny bugs that I am finding in my bathroom and light fixtures (literally crawling out like 2-4 at a time) they are no where near my pantry and I have checked all my food items- anyone have any idea of what they can be??
  12 answers
  • on Aug 24, 2015
    Yikes! Do you live in a house or an apartment? If it is the latter, a neighbor's bug problem may be spreading into your home. I am not sure what type of pest that is, but here's what I think you should do. First collect a few of the bugs and put them in a Ziplock bag. Then grab some caulk and seal any cracks and crevices around the light fixtures to prevent the bugs from getting into your home. Afterward, I would seek the advice of an exterminator ASAP and show them the bagged bugs so they can determine what they are and what else should be done. You can find more tips here:
  • Sarah Renteria Sarah Renteria on Aug 24, 2015
    I live in a new construction town home. It was built for us- and is a duplex. After some research I am thinking they might be foreign grain beetles.. I'm considering writing the builder.
    • Nancy J Nancy J on Aug 30, 2015
      @Sarah Renteria looks like they are grain beetles, my mother had them for years and years, my brother is an entomologist & treated several times, but could never get rid of them, when she passed away in Feb,and when I was packing all of her items, I had to remove her wooden shelves in her pantry and also found several dead ones in her hall closet. It HAS to be something in the wood that keeps them around, my mother is the only 1 that I know of that had them. It was a REAL problem, seeing them fly and having to check every single thing that was opened to cook for bugs, she had to resort to storing things in plastic containers with lids and still didn't solve the problem
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 24, 2015
    It definitely resembles a type of beetle but cannot find information on this.I would totally put traps in the pantry even though you did not notice anything.They are specifically for the pantry available at home improvement stores.
  • Tabbitha Smith Tabbitha Smith on Aug 25, 2015 Try this group, someone will know what it is. They i.d. insects from all over the world.
  • Catherine L Catherine L on Aug 25, 2015
    I wonder if they might be "carpet bugs"? The above posters are right -- you can google and various entomology sites will have pictures with which you can identify them. Also, you can go to your state's chief entomologist's office site and see pictures and get information about what's common in your area. That might be a good place to start.
  • Z Z on Aug 25, 2015
    I use this site when I want to identify an insect. Scroll down and you can pick your state and other details to help you find out what it is.
  • Renata Renata on Aug 25, 2015
    I HATE BEETLES! In fact all bugs!
  • Robert harris Robert harris on Apr 01, 2016
    contact your local county extension office . You will need the services of a Pest control company. Bug Zapper Pest Control (retired)
  • Ivette Ivette on May 25, 2017

    Hi, did you ever find out what they were? I'm experiencing the exact same thing. The exact same bug/beetle. Please help

  • Nicole Domenico Moulton Nicole Domenico Moulton on Oct 14, 2017

    I found one in my drawing book too! What ARE they?! The certainly resemble grain beetles though.

  • Robert Tompsett Robert Tompsett on Jun 01, 2019

    I think they are a carpet beetle.

  • Robert Tompsett Robert Tompsett on Jun 01, 2019

    The little black (carpet?) beetle collect in the ceiling light globes. I keep dumping them down the toilet. I have this idea to spray "Great Foam (R)" into the electrical boxes that hold the fixture. Would this be wise?