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I have black beetles about an inch long in my home. They do not like the light, and look similar to a blister beetle, but the head is more compact to the body. I only see one or two at a time, but for every one I kill, one more shows up. What are they, and how do I get rid of them?

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Your beetles might be roaches.  Check out these pictures and see if any
match:

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7467.html
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05553.html
http://bugguide.net/node/view/177/bgimage?from=0

Let me know what you think, and then we can go from there. The first two
publications have control recommendations as well.

Posted on 15 Jul 2009

Ryan Davis
Arthropod Diagnostician, Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

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