Subject: Big on my Chicken Coop
May 3, 2016 6:47 pm
I live in southern Ohio and have been seeing these small bugs all over my chicken coop. They do not seem to bother the chickens. Just wondering what this bug is.
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Though they have six legs, primitive Springtails are classified independently from Insects into the class Collembola. As you observed, they are benign creatures that can become a nuisance if they get plentiful when conditions are favorable. According to BugGuide: “Springtails are ‘decomposers’ that thrive mostly on decaying organic matter, especially vegetable matter. They may also graze on spores of molds and mildews, especially indoors where there is a lack of other food sources.” Springtails are cosmopolitan, and they can be found worldwide.