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over run by bugs, help please

i was wondering if anyone could help me please.
i have been looking at this site for days and days trying to find the bugs that are in my house, but as yet cant find them. i thought it would be quicker if i asked you lots to see if i can get any nearer to identifying them. these bugs i have got in my house are no bigger than 1.5 mil long, the adults are all blacky brown, the younger ones are cream with a dark brown head. they are every where, in my food cupboards, in my sons toy boxes, on the walls, carpets, drawers, in fact there is nowhere that they are not. i find a lot in books and places that i cant clean. they wipe off easily and hoover up ok, but i'm fighting the impossable battle. i think they make me itch. they are quite fast for there size. they dont appear to have wings, they dont have any other colour other than blacky brown or cream, i caught them mating the other day back end to back end, just like dogs when they get locked together. they dont have any very big tenticles thingys for feeling or seeing, they only have small very thin ones. i think they can see with eyes because when i go near them with my finger they run. they have a large body with a small head. when i look at them side on they have a arched back or the back part of thier body slopes down wards and seems to scrape on the ground. as far as i can see they have 6 legs. thier head is on the end of a neck and the head is square ish and points down to the ground. the legs are L shaped coming out out the front end/neck area. some one suggested they were carpet bettles but i cant find they on your site and they have got a seperate head, and not like carpet beetles that are shaped like a tick tack. i havent been able to find a nest or from where they came from, but i first saw them in my bedroom. they are so small that i cant see the heads properly or take a photo. please please help us. i cant bear it any more and its not far on my 3 year old son. they might be carrying disease or something. thank-you

Lots of possibilities.
They are either going to be some kind of "stored product pest," which means mostly beetles, springtails, or "true bugs" of some sort. The fact you have seen them mating "tail-to-tail" suggests some kind of true bug (if the two were connected but facing opposite directions). Knowing exactly where you live might eliminate certain suspects, too. Springtails thrive in damp, humid situations, so might be able to rule them out (not all species jump, though).


the bugs are similar to these (link above) but they have not got fat legs at the top and not the right colour and i dont think they have a layered back. i will keep looking.

where i live
thank-you so much for your reply. i live in a ground floor flat, but its a new build only 4 years old. with concrete floors. in cheshire england. i dont think that the flat is damp, its quite warm, not much need for heating. i will have a look at those you suggested. i know its not a weevile or at least its none that appear on but your suggestions will narrow my search down somewhat. thank-you so much.
they look a bit like this, but again they have very thin legs and thier bodies are not as long, more oval shaped.

Well, most of us here, myself included, do not know the English fauna very well, despite the northern hemisphere similarities. You must certainly have a British equivalent to Bugguide or AllExperts or something?

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