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Old 09-01-2019, 08:01 PM   #1
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Tiny brown beetles in the shower

Hey we have a new Montana , we have tiny brown beetles in the shower, they are not knats they crawl don't fly. 1/8" long. Any suggestions?
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Where have you been camping?.....use a vacuum ......
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If they keep appearing after you clean them up then you might try a pesticide down the shower drain. A colony may have taken up residence in the gray tank or drain trap.
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If they look like Ladybugs with a tail and brownish they are Asian beetles. Vacuumed and haul away. Don't kill them or squish them as they STINK.
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Tiny brown beetles in shower

These are really tiny. They are none of the mentioned. They are only in the shower. The unit has only been used one time. I clean them up and the next day they are back, about 10-12. We are not new to Rvs, just a new unit. We've been rving for 35 plus yrs never seen this. They are about the size of a flea .
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If they are only in the shower they are probably coming up the drain. I would try some boiling water down the drain to kill them. I'm guessing they are above the P trap. If they are in the tank and can swim through the P trap I have no suggestion.
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one time use? how long ago? Dry p-trap? water should stop the problem.
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If you sanitize the freshwater system, including all faucets and shower heads, both hot and cold, you will have run most of a tank of bleach water into the gray tank including any P-traps and not many bugs will be able to survive the chlorine gas that will be present in those drains.

Also look up pictures of different beetle species including powder post beetles which have been known to be infested in the lumber some trailers were built with.
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These are really tiny. They are none of the mentioned. They are only in the shower. The unit has only been used one time. I clean them up and the next day they are back, about 10-12. We are not new to Rvs, just a new unit. We've been rving for 35 plus yrs never seen this. They are about the size of a flea .
Do research on powder post beetles and look for powder in your cabinets, sliding door, behind wood paneling.
There has been many RV s built with wood that has powder post beetles and they don't apprear for about 1-2 years.
We are currently having this problem and have read many posts.
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Hey we have a new Montana , we have tiny brown beetles in the shower, they are not knats they crawl don't fly. 1/8" long. Any suggestions?
Box Elder Beetles? They are out in force this time of year. They are black and orange/red'ish. We just let them run their course for about a month or so and then they're gone.
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Possibly a dermestid beetle. Their larvae are in carpets and bedding. They feed on organics such as sloughed skin and pet hair. Powder post beetles are long and narrow. Dermestids are dome shaped. I can't say why they would be in the shower unless they are swarming to mate and the water attracts them.

Many insects such as roaches will actually live in sewer drains. Lots of moisture and food in there.
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Try bleach down the drain is what I would do. Let bleach sit in the trap over night. There is a good chance that would do the trick.
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Put them in a plastic bag and take him to a nearest pest control company and they will tell you exactly what they are.
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