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Subject: Small, slow bugs
Location: lancaster, pa
May 1, 2015 6:37 am
We recently found these bugs on some old railroad ties that border a large tree in in our backyard. Both the tree and the wood they are on have been there for MANY years and this is the first we have seen them. They are small and VERY slow moving. We live in Lancaster, PA and it’s early spring so the temperatures are mild/moderate. Any idea?
Signature: Danielle DeGroft

Springtails

Springtails

Hi Danielle,
You have benign Springtails, common creatures that generally escape notice unless they are aggregating in large numbers.  Springtails will proliferate when damp conditions are favorable, and though they are no cause for alarm, they can be a nuisance when they are numerous.

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Subject: Small white bugs in garden
Location: Arkansas
April 25, 2015 11:22 am
These seem to have arrived with a bag of compost. Are they useful or harmful?
Signature: Melanie

Springtails

Springtails

Dear Melanie,
These are Springtails, common benign primitive insects that are beneficial in the garden where they help to break down organic matter.

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Subject: what is this??
Location: Kentucky
April 19, 2015 4:18 pm
Hello, we noticed these little bugs a couple of years ago. I thought they were silverfish, but I’m not sure! We had the house sprayed by a professional 3 times! We recently moved, and now they are at our new home!
Signature: Maeham

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Dear Maeham,
This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a common and benign creature that prefers damp habitat.  According to BugGuide:  “Often found indoors, especially in moist or damp situations such as basins, sinks, tubs, showers, potting soil of houseplants, and windowsills where condensation has accumulated.”
  Though they might be a nuisance if they are plentiful, they will not harm you or your home, and we would recommend ignoring them.

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: North East, UK
April 18, 2015 9:44 am
Hey Bugman,
Saw this crawling around and i have no idea what it could be.
Its about 6-7mm in length.
Can you identify it please?
Signature: Pro

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Pro,
This is a Springtail in the Class Collembola, and it looks very similar to the individual pictured on the Royal Entomological Society website.

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Subject: brownish yellow tiny bugs jump on bed and bite
Location: West Texas
April 16, 2015 11:43 pm
Please help me with what this bug is. I found 10 on my bed, I have recently brought a blanket that had been in my trunk for a while. Since then I have had bite marks and tonight found these bugs on my bed, when I touch it they jump. I’ve developed bites that are itchy. They don’t look like bed bugs but I’m no expert. … the bite Marks are on my arms legs and bottom.. PLEASE HELP!!!
Signature: Sleepless in Texas..

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Sleepless in Texas,
This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, and your observations that they jump are correct, however we do not believe there is any connection between the Springtails and your bites.
  Springtails like damp conditions, and it is possible they were transported on the blanket, especially if conditions were humid. 

Springtail

Springtail

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Queens, NY
March 15, 2015 2:27 pm
Hello,
I live in an apartment in Queens, NY and we have these little bugs swarming on our kitchen counter, close to the wall. They’re close to the sink. We also see them on the edge of the sink in our bathroom.
They’re pretty calm, but dart around when you bother them (like when I took their picture).
Do you know what these are? Thank you!
Signature: E

Springtail

Springtail

Dear E,
This is a Springtail, arguably the most common hexapod on the planet.  Springtails are beneficial creatures that help break down organic matter, and though they are fine in nature and in the garden, they can become a nuisance indoors.  Springtails thrive under damp conditions, and since you are finding them near the sink, we can’t help but wonder if you have a leaky pipe that is causing problems inside the walls.  If mold is growing, it can be acting as a food source for the Springtails.  You might want to get the plumbing checked.

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