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Finding Small Black Beetles In The House?

Have you noticed tiny beetles crawling around your living room or kitchen lately? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Hundreds of homeowners across the UK have noticed these pests crawling around. They are usually extremely small and only a few millimetres across.

But where do small black beetles in the house come from and what are they?

Although beetles aren’t usually qualify for emergency pest control services, they can be irritating and persistent.

Small black beetles: What are they?

If you’ve seen small black beetles in the house, they might be one of several species. The most common species are known as weevils. These are tiny beetles which usually subsist on plant matter. They often come into the house to escape from bad weather conditions, especially during summer. They could also be black carpet beetles, although these shouldn’t be confused with dust mites, which are miniscule.


If these small black beetles in the house are in your kitchen area, they could also be grain eating insects. These are also known as flour beetles. They usually enter your house through grain products you may have bought from the supermarket.

Are they dangerous to human beings?

Neither of these species are particularly dangerous to human beings. Although they can cause damage to household objects. They can also be highly irritating. And, in the case flour beetles, they can get into food. Which is something you’ll probably want to avoid.

flour beetle
Flour Beetle

If you do find these beetles in your food, it is best to simply throw whatever goods they have infested away. The reason why you should do this is because there could be un-hatched larvae in the produce.

How to get rid of small black beetles in the house

Firstly, seal up areas like skirting boards. To stop these beetles from getting into your home also make sure to seal up gaps around doors and windows.

flour beetle
Carpet Beetle

The easiest way to get rid of carpet beetles is to deep clean and vacuum. There are other insects like fleas that live in carpets, so hoovering is a good remedy all round. To keep these beetles under control, you should also regularly declutter your house.

Anywhere that they could enter should be sealed up tightly. With flour beetles, you need to store food properly. All of your food should be stored in air tight containers or jars. Never leave food out, and wipe all surfaces before going to bed at night. Doing this will help to keep other pests at bay too.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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