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Subject: Is this a mite of some sort?
Location: Langley, BC Canada
November 14, 2016 8:01 pm
These little creatures have been crawling around on our metal stairway railing for days! Not sure where they came from or if they bite….or really what they are! Please help!
Signature: Robin

Globular Springtail

Globular Springtail

Dear Robin,
You have Globular Springtails, benign creatures that can become a nuisance when conditions are right for population explosions.

Globular Springtails

Globular Springtails

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Subject: Tiny bug in pool in Fountain Hills AZ
Location: Fountain Hills AZ
October 27, 2016 4:59 pm
A neighbor found thousands of these tiny things floating in their pool. Here is a microscopic image 10x
Signature: Katie

Springtails

Springtails

Dear Katie,
These are Springtails.  They are benign creatures that can get very numerous, creating a nuisance when conditions are correct.  This is not the first report we have received of Springtails in a swimming pool.

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Bronx, New York
October 2, 2016 10:21 pm
Hi,
I just had a issue with my dog and fleas.. I took him to the vet and had all the appropriate procedures done. I also sprayed petlock indoors spray around his bedding area and all corners of the bedroom under the bed and in cracks and crevasses. While inspecting the area I saw these two types on insects near the crevasses on my wood floor. I’m hoping you can help me identify the species, are they harmful and what can I do to eradicate them.
I’ve included some macro shots and zoomed in at 300%. Hope that helps.
Thanks
Signature: Rick G.

Mite

Mite

Dear Rick
One of your tiny creatures appears to be a Mite.  Though many Mites are considered harmless, and some predatory species are considered beneficial, there are also many species that can cause problems to people and pets.  Bird Mites proliferate in the nests of birds like pigeons that may be in your eaves, and once the fledglings fly off, hungry Mites might enter the home in search of blood or other food.  Other Mites infest stored foods.  Scabies are a type of Mite.  We have also received reports of Mites on computers.  Alas, we are unable to provide you with a species identification on the Mite.  You second creature appears to be a benign Springtail, though when they are plentiful, Springtails can be a nuisance in the home.

Springtail

Springtail

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Subject: Found a ton of these on kitchen tile, killed many but can’t identify in order to take care of problem
Location: Parker, CO
October 1, 2016 5:48 pm
Hi, I live in Parker, Colorado. Last night when I was cleaning the kitchen I noticed what looked like black crumbs or pepper on the floor. Went to wipe it up and it was actually a throng of incredibly tiny black bugs. I’ve noticed several just roaming around in the kitchen since I cleaned that spot up, and I want to be sure get rid of all of them.
Signature: Brett M.

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Brett,
This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a benign creature that can become a nuisance when they are plentiful indoors.  They are generally found in conjunction with damp conditions.

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Subject: Pyemotes?
Location: Paris, France
July 28, 2016 7:00 pm
Hello!
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;
Averagely fast;
What is it?
Does it bite?
Thank you very much.
Kind regards.
Signature: DS

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Dear DS,
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.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Central New Jersey
July 7, 2016 4:11 am
I have a number of bugs that seem localized to my kitchen, almost all I’ve seen on the floor, only a couple on the walls. They are very small, do not apear winged but seem to be able to jump. They are not on my 2 dogs. I cannot find a concentration of them in any one spot. They are not in my cabinets, I don’t see any in the crawlspace beneath the kitchen or I’m the adjacent garage or dining room. Please help?
Signature: Chris

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Chris,
This is a benign Elongate Bodied Springtail, and though they are not considered harmful, and are in fact considered beneficial, they can be a nuisance if too plentiful.

Thank you Daniel after a little research I discovered the same thing after I emailed you but definitely good to get a confirmation from an expert, I really appreciate it. Now I just have to figure out how to get them out of my house.

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