Are these bed bugs? (Answer: No)(5 posts)
I have seen these bugs around my house for the past few days. The first picture was taken on the inside of one of my lamp shades. The 2nd picture is something I found on my bed. I've been searching the Internet for pictures ever since I started seeing them and I cannot figure out of the first picture are bed bugs or not. I have exterminators coming over in a couple of days to deal with an infestation of roaches and they are going to do a bed bug check as well.
I'm hoping someone can help. Thanks.
The first is a beetle and the second is likely a beetle but is definitely not a BB.
Thank you so much Jim! I have been so worried the past couple of days.
They're both Tobacco Beetles (Lasioderma serricorne)
That said, you should check stored food products for infestation. Paprika is commonly infested. Lasioderma serricorne has different common names such as cigarette beetle, tobacco beetle, etc.
Below from a Fact Sheet at Ohio State Univ website:
Cigarette beetles commonly infest dried tobacco and tobacco products - hence their name. They also infest raisins, figs, dates, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, chili powder, curry powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, yeast, drugs, legume seeds, barley, cornmeal, flour, soybean meal, sunflower meal, wheat, wheat bran, rice meal, beans, cereals, fish meal, peanuts, dry yeast, dried flowers, leather, woolen cloth, and bamboo. They also may damage the leaves and bindings of books when feeding on the paste, or overstuffed furniture when infesting the straw, hair, etc.
Cigarette beetles may feed on pyrethrum powder strong enough to kill cockroaches, and drugstore beetles often feed on poisonous rodent baits containing strychnine. They also may chew through furniture fabric, books, manuscripts, and similar materials. [Just a note: they may also feed on rodent anticoagulant baits because these are food items with a rodenticide added, a compound that doesn't affect insect metabolism]
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