I have a house built in 1888. Powder Post Beetles have been here. I thought the previous owner had taken care of them, but What does the Beetle look like? During the summer, in the kitchen we leave a light on and under it on the counter every morning are tiny black beetles, I am worried!
Powderpost beetles will fly out and about in homes where active. But in most cases they’re found randomly and periodically throughout the year and not consistently like you report. If you are seeing these little black bugs all summer, I suspect something else to be active.
Exactly what you have is tough to say via e-mail. If you can send a photo that would help; even if you aren’t able to get real close to one in the image it can help. The key is taking a high quality image we can magnify once we get and if you keep the insects in focus, we can may times tell what it might be.
You may also give us a call toll free at 1-800-877-7290 and speak to a rep who might be able to deduce the species. If I were to guess, I’d say BLACK CARPET BEETLE because they are very active each spring and are very much attracted to lights. But it could be some kind of a pantry pest like KHAPRA BEETLE or a CIGARETTE BEETLE. Most of these appear to be black or dark brown and the list goes on. To be sure, we’ll at least need more information or talk with you on the phone. From there we should be able to narrow the options.
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