I found a small oval brown bug with horizontal stripes.

Question: I have found this bug that is oval in shape, six legs, goes from a light brown to a dark brown towards the end, and is banded horizontally across it’s back. I’ve noticed about six in the last two weeks in various places of my home. Could you please tell me what kind of bug this is?

ANSWER: There are several species of household beetles that are called larder beetles, and they are all in the family Dermestidae. The actual “larder beetle” (Dermestes lardarius) is a common household pest. I suspect from your description that this is probably what you have. A conclusive identification would need a specimen.

This beetle is about 1/4 inch long or a little smaller, blackish brown and with a pale yellow, horizontal stripe on the back. These beetles are usually found in kitchen cabinets or places where food is stored. The larvae and adults feed on a variety of plant and animal material.

The best control is to remove everything from the cabinets, inspect it all and discard what is infested. Then vacuum the cabinets very well. Don’t use soap and water, just vacuum, then vacuum again in a week after you have replaced the material. The soap and water just makes a paste out of loose flour or other material, and once it is a hard paste in the cracks and crevices you will never get it out, and the beetles will still be able to feed on it.

Contact your local Orkin Branch Office. A highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will inspect your home, make a conclusive identification and assess the problem. Your Pest Specialist will develop a customized, backed by science treatment plan to help your control these insects.

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