Location: Paris, France
July 28, 2016 7:00 pm
Recently I’ve been spotting these small (1mm long) bugs all over my apartment. Never bothered me until I woke up with a rash that made my dermatologist take photos of me! My left arm and leg were entirely covered in strange shapes. He told me I was bitten by either “pyemotes” or spiders.
Then I started seeing this suspect:
It’s a brown-ish golden color;
Comes out at night;
It has 6 legs, 2 antennas and what appears to be…hair;
The photo is very zoomed in, you can’t see the details with the naked eye;
It crawls on walls and I spotted one in my bed;
Seen in July in Paris, France;
Around 1mm, very thin, can’t see its legs with the naked eye, only 2 antennas;
What is it?
Does it bite?
Thank you very much.
According to Living With Bugs, Pyemotes are mites that can cause the reaction you describe. The creature in your image is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, and from all we have researched, they are considered benign creatures that do not bite, nor do they harm the home, however, they can be a nuisance if they are too plentiful. 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.” As an aside, we got tremendous pleasure creating the headline for this posting: Springtail in Paris, especially since we get so few submissions from the City of Love.