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  1. ScaredChicagoRes

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu May 18 2017 18:54:03
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    Hello,
    I found this bug in my cereal box. It looks like a red mite of some kind to me- only it's the size of a spider. I'm very concerned I'll find more. Can anybody ID this bug? Thank you so much,
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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu May 18 2017 18:56:36
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    It would appear to be a spider beetle

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    Does anyone know- does one in the pantry indicate an infestation? Or could it be a loner?

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    ScaredChicagoRes - 8 hours ago  » 
    Does anyone know- does one in the pantry indicate an infestation? Or could it be a loner?

    Shiny spider beetle, Gibbium aequinoctiale. There's normally more than the one you see. Can be a pantry pest (stored food products), infesting dead rodent or bird bodies, infesting anticoagulant rodent baits, etc. Larvae evade being seen and they would be feeding on aforementioned materials. Glue boards capture these. Inspection of your pantry holdings might help find the infestation.

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