What are these bugs?

Asked September 27, 2020, 5:10 PM EDT

These bugs have been crawling all over my railings of my house for the last week or so. New ones hatched out today. I’ve never seen them in the 6 years I’ve been living here. What are they, and how can I get rid of them? I’m worried about them biting my pets, or me. Thanks, Emily A.

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

These look like ground beetles that are harmless. The picture is small so it is hard to tell. I am sending you a website that has some pictures and maybe you can see the kind of beetle that you have. The site is extension.umn.edu and search ground beetles. This site has a lot of information.