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I recently moved into a house. I noticed what I thought were little black ants didn't bother me I've delt with little black ants before. then I noticed that these little ants didn't have legs that stick out. then I noticed that they weren't ants. once in awhile I would see them when I swept the floor and occationaly I would see one or a few climbing up my wall. but now the really sad thing is they are all over in my Flour, My bags of rice and now i will have to throw it all out. What kind of a bug is it? it is about 1/4 inch long, very thin, and very black. Help me. And what do I need to do to get rid of it?

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It is tough to diagnose an insect from anything short of sending in
A sample. 

I  have attached our fact sheet on pantry pests.  See if any of these
Pests match your critter.  If so, follow the control methods in the
Fact sheet.  You may have to get rid of your flour/rice and purchase
New grains that are stored in air tight buckets or containers.

Please let me know if you see your pest in the fact sheet.

Posted on 24 Nov 2008

Ryan Davis
Arthropod Diagnostician, Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

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