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wiz561 08-26-2011 06:07 PM

Bug Identification

I have another 'bug identification' thread. I live outside of Chicago and just discovered this crawling on the counter in my kitchen. If it is something to be concerned of, I'd rather take care of it now than wait a few weeks or months for the problem to get worse.

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Clutchcargo 08-26-2011 06:35 PM

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It looks like this:
Sounds more like an agricultural pest than a house pest.

fabrk8r 08-26-2011 06:44 PM

Yep, that's a click beetle. They are common in the midwest this time of year.

As Clutch said, they aren't really much of a concern as far as a home infestation.

They must mate at this time of year because this is always the season I would find them as a kid. They seemed to like the dark, cool basement at my parent's house. They are harmless but when you touch them they snap their head and thorax which creates the click sound. It's kind of scary if you aren't expecting it and it's probably and excellent form of defense.

wiz561 08-26-2011 08:55 PM

Phew....thanks for the information.

I tried to find a bug identification page, but nothing was really outstanding. One site said it was a "german roach", and I freaked out and came here to verify.

We do have a lot of bugs around here because I can hear them run into the windows. It's just a huge relief to know that it's a simple beetle and not a roach!

Thanks for all the great information!!!

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