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    Aug 30, 2013, 08:19 PM
    Tiny black bugs
    We have tiny black bugs coming from the bottom of the baseboard in our family room. My first thought was they were ants but a closer look, they aren't. We spray with bug spray every day & at least 20 come out dead everyday.
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    Aug 30, 2013, 08:19 PM
    Can you get pictures of them and post them here? Also, a general idea of where you are would help.
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    Aug 30, 2013, 08:24 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by odinn7 View Post
    Can you get pictures of them and post them here? Also, a general idea of where you are would help.
    I live in Arizona. I have a picture but don't know how to post it. Please advise
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    Aug 30, 2013, 09:42 PM
    Sounds like some form of Carpet Beetles. They are harmless and won't damage your house.

    To get rid of them, it appears that thorough cleaning is the answer. Clean and wipe down the area that they are coming from. Make sure there is no food source or water sitting there for them.

    To post a picture, you go to the advanced option and then select "Manage Attachments". From there you select how you want to upload a photo. In this case, I don't think you really need to do that now.
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    Aug 31, 2013, 03:18 AM
    If they are carpet beetles, your bug spray is only treating the symptom. Aerosols don't penetrate deeply enough to get to the nap of the carpet where the eggs and larvae are. Neither does vacuuming. A carpet shampooer might do it.

    You might see what Penn State has to say about the Black Carpet Beetle
    Black Carpet Beetle — Entomology — Penn State University

    The pictures on that link don't really show size, this does:
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    Aug 31, 2013, 08:35 AM
    I don't have carpeting. They are coming from the baseboard onto laminate flooring. I've attached a picture
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    Aug 31, 2013, 10:08 AM
    Those get a little blurred when I enlarge the pic enough for ID, but my best guess would be a Lyctid Powderpost Beetle. Laminate flooring is not immune to their attacks, and the sub-floor could be alive with them. Call an exterminator for an identification and an estimate on treating for them. Here's a little background so you know what they're talking about:
    Controlling Wood-Boring Beetles in Houses : College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences : Clemson University : South Carolina

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