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Subject: Tiny greyish swarming bugs in bathtub
Location: NYC
August 10, 2015 7:00 pm
Dear Bugman,
I came home to a small swarm of tiny grey bugs huddled around a small puddle in the bathtub. They don’t jump and they have antennae. Any ideas?
Signature: Catherine

Springtails

Springtails

Dear Catherine,
You have Springtails, and though they might be a nuisance when they are plentiful, they are benign creatures that like damp habitats where they feed on mold and mildew spores.

Springtails

Springtails

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Subject: What are they??
Location: Wake Forest, NC
June 8, 2015 6:38 pm
Dear Bugman,
These nasty little bugs showed up at our house last year (we moved in in 2010). They are ALL over porches, patio, flagstone, woodwork…literally ALL over the place, thousands. I submitted last year to a Bug ID app and they could NOT telle what they are. They look like silverfish but at not. They are only outside. They are tiny, biggest one would prob be 2-3 millimeters. When it rains they like to move to or siding. Please help me identify these little buggars…they drive me nuts! I have blown up the first picture. The second pic shows them on my outside wood pillars…little specs all over
Signature: Erica the frustrated homeowner

Springtails

Springtails

Dear Erica the frustrated homeowner,
Though they can be a nuisance when they are plentiful, these Springtails are benign creatures that will not harm you, your home or its furnishings.  When conditions are damp, they will multiply, and you should see numbers diminish when things dry out.

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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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