Can You Identify These Little Black Insects That Are Invading My Kitchen?

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Frances Bott Profile
Frances Bott answered
Even the cleanest kitchens can sometimes be prone to insect invasions. Many common insects are attracted to the scents and smells of the kitchen, and gather there to exploit it as a major food source. Eradicating these nuisances from your kitchen can be difficult - but the first step is to identify to type of insect that is present in your home.

Usually, little black insects that locate in kitchens are a type of 'pantry pest' - rice weevils, red flour beetles, grain bores; they are all similar in that they are attracted to foods such as seeds, rice and nuts. You should avoid storing products in paper containers as these worsen the problem - insects can easily penetrate paper bags to get to your food. Be sure to store all of your foods in airtight containers, preferably made of plastic or metal. You should also carefully check products you bring into your kitchen for infestations, avoiding any packages that have been broken.

There is also the possibility that the little black insects are fruit flies. Do they have tiny wings, and seem to be attracted to your sink area in particular? If so, this is probably to case. Fruit flies are (not surprisingly) brought into the household along with fruits such as oranges, apples and strawberries. In the short term, it is advisable to stop buying such fruits until you have dealt with your bug problem. This can easily be done by using appropriate fly killer. Once all the bugs are gone, you can store fruit in your kitchen again - but it may be advisable to buy your fruit elsewhere. Fruit bought from local markets, for instance, can be more prone to infestations of fruit flies, so be careful if this is where you choose to purchase your fruits from.
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Brian DiChiara answered
I'm going to say that this is in fact some sort of beetle. When I went to get some pest control products at the store, the product listed a number of different types of beetles it is recommended for. I guess it could be any of those. My remedy is going to be to clean out all of our cabinets and pantry, inspect all cereals, flour, dog food and other dry food areas, then spray some pesticide in the corners of the cabinets, near the baseboards, bottom of the pantry, and near doors, windows, and vents of the house. Thanks for the help everyone.

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Anonymous answered
I think I may have the same little beetles in my apartment. They are in my cupboards under my counter in my cereal pantry...I moved a bag of oatmeal and there were literally 30 of them under it. I think the eggs idea is very possible.
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Check old boxes of cereal, flour, noodle's, bread crumb's and the like. A lot of people don't realize that these products have bug egg's in them right from the manufacturing plant. F.D.A rule's allow for a certain percentage of thing's like that in our food supply. If the product is old these egg's will hatch and burrow through the box, invading your kitchen. Gross, but true.
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Brian DiChiara
Brian DiChiara commented
Well, if they are the type of bug that gets into cereal, flour, etc then they are or similar to weevils, which in that case may have gotten into my dog's food which since in a garbage can size bin in our pantry. I will look through it and see if I can tell if this is the source. It's interesting though that you mention this because most of the food we buy lately has been organic so I'm not sure if that's why we have the bugs. I will look further into this, but so far, I haven't really found a match to the bugs in my photo. Thanks for the info.
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I just searched Flour Beetle's and found picture's and description's that seem to match. Check it out.
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I have the same thing and I just figured it out so I'll shine some light on it for all you fellow smokers.  They are Cigarette Beetles here a link to the info www.uri.edu  and do a google image search for Cigarette Beetles I think that will confirm it for you.  It's gross to think that I'm smoking beetle eggs but honestly the eggs are probably the lest harmful thing in the cigarette.  Though it does look like just like a June bug they are about 1/10th the size or smaller.
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I put a teaspoon of wine or wine vinegar  on a saucer and cover it with Saran wrap. Then poke 5 or 6 holes in it. The little bugs will be drawn to it and get stuck inside and die. I think they are coming from my bread or bananas. I cover the bread and bananas with a towel while doing the death trap. Hope this helps!
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I get these all the time but there not in my cabinets they are mostly on the walls. I have cleaned, sprayed and washed my walls down it stopped for a little bit and then continued!
I'm about to move for real!
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SOLEPIXEL---(or anyone who has some thoughts!)RE: Your bug? Post on blurtit.com...I was wondering if you
ever found out what they were and how to get rid of them.  I seem to be having the same problem, my bugs
look & behave just like yours.  I
think their life cycle is pretty short, cause they don't seem to be making it
across the kitchen floor, but they're KILLING me.  I clean up a bunch off the floor, raid the
heck out of it, then 2 hours later, there's 20 more!  I'm in an apartment and have mis-matched
counters. There's a gap between the 2 counters that I poured Epsom salt into
and saturated the Epsom salt with bug killer, thinking they'd pick up the bug
killer <medicine> while tracking through, soaking up the 'medicine' and
ultimately dying and leaving me in peace. So, I'm wondering...have you had success?
And if so, how did you go about achieving it? 
Thanks in advance for any advice & Happy New Year...tess
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Anonymous answered
I found info on it for you... en.wikipedia.org My mom always called them june bugs, they are pretty harmless, but I wouldn't want them in my house either.
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Brian DiChiara commented
This says they are medium to large in size. Mine are about half a millimeter (very tiny). Plus it doesn't say anything about this species of bug being able to fly or have wings.

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