Subject: Tiny black bugs with wings, seem to live on cat
Location: Toronto, Canada
December 21, 2012 12:11 am
Hi! First of all, thank you for your time. I promise that I have googled this EXTENSIVELY and haven’t been able to find an answer for weeks, so I’m turning to you for help.
I have noticed these bugs around wherever my cat is for the past four weeks. She also has ”flea dirt,” so I’m currently treating her for fleas. Only recently did I think these bugs could live ON her.
They are small – smaller than a centimeter – and black, with wings and antennas. Thinner than any fly I’ve seen. They mostly just crawl in circles but they can fly. Extremely easy to kill, and seem to be multiplying.
The google searches I’ve come up with say gnats, but the body seems very different.
What else? I shot a two-second video in case that would help. I promise this is not spam, the link will give you an option to watch in-browser (not download) http://cl.ly/0x342l1L362w
Any help you can give me would be amazing, and I’m forever grateful. Once I can figure out what the mystery bug is, I can take steps to eliminate it. It’s everywhere!
Signature: Thank you so much! Bailey
In our opinion, this appears to be a Flying Ant, though we cannot say for certain which species it represents. Flying Ants are the reproductive Kings and Queens that will swarm and create new colonies. The time of year is odd for ant swarms in Canada. We believe their presence around your cat is coincidental.