ddot's picture

help identifying bug/ possible infestation

Hi, I'm hoping all you bug lovers out there can help me with my problem.I live in Queens, NY and I have a bug in my home that I have been seeing more and more recently. My girlfriend who lives with me has been getting weird bites as well and I have a feeling this bug may be the perpetrator. I took some shots with my cell phone camera after trapping one of them. I'm new to this site so I'm sorry if I'm approaching this wrong but I am highly concerned as my girlfriend is very sensitive to these types of bites. The bug in question seems to have a big pod, some type of mite I presume but I haven't been able to find anything matching it. It looks like it has 4 pairs of 2 legs as well. I've posted a picture on a separate account for observation. ANY FEEDBACK WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. I've provided a link to some photos so as you can have a visual to discern from. Sorry i couldn't provide a more thorough close-up I only had my cell cam.




John Bratton's picture

I think it is a spider

I think it is a spider beetle, family Ptinidae. I've not heard of them biting people. They are supposed to be scavengers. I have them in my house and have never been bothered by them but I daresay yours is a different species from what we have in Britain.

Amadan's picture

Most people in iSpot

Use the observations gallery, not the forums. So posting your photos as an observation (don't add an id, just classify as Invertebrates) might produce a better response.
Several sites note that these do not bite, but say that if you have them, you may also have other, more secretive, insects around; such as bed bugs.