Which Beetle and How to Get Rid of Em'?

VmusicVDecember 1, 2012

I have some beetles infesting my Mom's house which is a manufactured home. It started about a month ago.

They appear each morning primarily on the window sill in the living room. They're dark brown in color. Here's a link to some pictures:
http://www.kerezyfamily.com/bugs/BugPictures.php (see the attached/provided link)

In this corner of the living room there's no food of any kind. Someone suggested a drugstore or cigarette beetle, but I'm confounded as to what the food source might be.

Any ideas on what these might be, and how to get rid of them?


Here is a link that might be useful: Bug Pictures

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Likely drugstore beetles. Too big to emerge from pinholes. Further, they don't eat wood (Ha! that's one of the few things they don't eat)

They gather at windows because they "know" that light means the way out. Unfortunately, they don't know about windows which block the way out.

Drugstore beetles may originate from a number of food sources, among them craft supplies (dry seeds, dry flowers, feather, and more); a seed stash in the wall (e.g. from mice, squirrels or other critters; leather; wool; drugs; and books.

One of our office workers finally located the source for his beetles: the grain filled neck warmer that one heats briefly in the microwave.) Have a grain-filled pillow?

So keep looking. Once you find the source, destroy it, then follow-up for any yet to emerge.

Generally, tracing the origin of these beetles tend to be a person's new hobby, even if only for a while.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 5:56PM
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Thanks for the information. How far from the food source will they travel, and wouldn't you expect to see a few of them along the trail?

Other than an incredible macro picture - is there any other way to definitively identify a drugstore beetle from a woodborer?

Beetled Out in Buffalo

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 8:21PM
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Hi Again,
Somebody from the Ohio State University Extension office suggested it might be a false powerpost beetle, not a drugstore beetle.

See the attached picture...... they look SO SIMILAR!!????

It's so important because the treatment is totally different.

Thanks Again!!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 8:48PM
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