small brown bugs in my house

Asked October 6, 2016, 9:04 AM EDT

I'm finding these little brown bugs everywhere in my house, wood floors, carpet, granite I've seen them everywhere. I have no idea what they are or how to get rid of them, we just built last year so I'm not sure if it's something to do with that or what.

Wisconsin integrated pest management insect identification

1 Response

Hi, thanks for using Ask an Expert!
While a certain ID is tough with such a small insect and just a picture, it looks like you have Tooth-necked fungus beetle (you did a great job on photo and dime for size reference). Please check out this page of images to try to confirm your insect matches:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/43790/bgimage

for control/ management:
http://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/household/misc-house/ent-2010/
http://www.peipestcontrol.com/pestinformation/commonpestsdetail.asp?id=66

You will see in the second document that there are several species that look very similar: in most cases management will be the same and will consist primarily of drying things out so your home is no longer a suitable habitat. This is a fairly common problem in recently built homes - please let me know if you have any questions after checking out the attached links.
I hope you find this information helpful,
Sincerely, Nicole