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Subject: Please Help! What is this bug?
Location: Potsdam, NY
January 25, 2016 5:33 pm
Hello,
I am a student at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.
I am working on an aquaponics system which means that I have plants and fish working together in a closed system. The other day I have found a plethora of one type of bug all around the plants. They are different sizes and they are all around the plants.
Everything is indoors.
Please help me identify this bug and what I should do to remove them or help reduce the quantity.
Signature: Kirsten Hummel

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Kirsten,
This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a common household inhabitant.  They are considered benign creatures, though they can be a nuisance if they are too plentiful.  We don’t provide extermination advice.  You may compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

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Subject: Millions of snow bugs!
Location: Eastern Ontario,
January 4, 2016 7:17 am
Saw thousands, maybe millions of little black specks in the snow around trees generally, and they are actually tiny bugs. They seem to be falling from the sky, but more likely the trees. What the heck are they?
Signature: Jon Paul

Snow Fleas

Snow Fleas

Dear Jon Paul,
We are very thrilled to be able to post your documentation of cold tolerant Springtails commonly called Snow Fleas.  Springtails are benign creatures that can become a nuisance if they are too plentiful, but they pose no threat to people, pets, dwellings or plants.  There are very few creatures that are active during winter weather with below freezing temperatures, but Snow Fleas are not deterred by either snow or cold.

Snow Fleas

Snow Fleas

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Subject: Query about bug in the house
Location: Perth Western Australia
October 26, 2015 5:48 pm
Hi there,
I was wondering if you could help us identify the bug we found in our house, in Perth, Western Australia.
I first found it in the bathroom table sink, and sometime on the wall, and they are not coming in a group like ant.
Thanks in advance for your help.
The photos of the bug are as follow :
Signature: no preference

Springtails

Springtails

You have Springtails, which are benign creatures that frequent damp locations.  They can be a nuisance if they get plentiful.

Springtail

Springtail

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Subject: Found under bef
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
October 12, 2015 11:18 am
spring I stayed in San Luis Obispo, CA. I noticed a couple of bites on my arm… Got home and unpacked and now my wife and kids have been getting bites… I live in Susanville, CA… Found these under the bed…. Took pictures using my daughter’s microscope… What do you think these are????
Signature: Darrin

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Darrin,
We believe this is a benign Springtail, and we do not believe there is any connection to your bites.  Here is an image of a living specimen from BugGuide

Springtail

Springtail

Springtails

Springtails

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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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