This Nasty Bug...

Asked July 16, 2019, 9:49 AM EDT

Hello, I recently found this bug in my basement. I had pest control come for a quarterly visit and they could not identify what it was. Any ideas?

New York

2 Responses

It is a ground beetle, Scarites subterraneus, which eats a variety of items, including insect larvae, snails, slugs, caterpillars and ants. They are harmless to people unless you get close enough to those jaws. You will feel the bite.

Thank you so much! I feel so much better knowing that this thing will not come out and bite me in the night. Those jaws sure are nasty though.