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Subject: What is this tiny insect in on my kitchen floor?
Location: North America, Queens, New York
January 12, 2014 9:55 am
I have observed this small bug on my kitchen floor for years but never gave them much thought as they are pretty small and seemed relatively harmless. However, I have noticed a great number of them recently and would like to know more about them and how to get rid of them if possible.
From what I can tell they are small (smaller than ants) and can move pretty fast for their size.
The larger specimens are about the size of an ant’s abdomen, while the smaller specimens seem smaller than flees.
I would really appreciate an identification on these little bugs, Thanks.
Signature: Answer to tiny kitchen bug

Springtail

Springtail

This is a Springtail, a benign, primitive hexapod that can become a nuisance in the home if they become too plentiful.  They tend to thrive and reproduce under damp conditions.  We believe this is an Elongate Bodied Springtail in the order Entomobryomorpha and you may verify that and get additional information on BugGuide.

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Subject: Bugs around my cabin and on fire wood
Location: Conception bay,Newfoundland
October 31, 2013 6:19 pm
Hi, I’ve noticed this little bug around my cabin on the plywood and on the firewood outside of the cabin, I’m located in Newfoundland , on the Avalon, conception Bay Area. Any idea as to what it is? The biggest one I’ve seen so far is about 3/8” long, and they jump also if disturbed. Lol
Signature: Jerry

Elongate-Bodied Springtail

Elongate-Bodied Springtail

Hi Jerry,
First we want to apologize for the tardy response, but our small staff cannot respond to all the mail we receive during busy months.  Also, we were away from the office when your request arrived.  As we are preparing for a week in the frigid midwest next week, we are going through old requests to find beautiful images or interesting submissions to go live in our absence.  This is unusual for us because this is a Springtail, but it is a very large Springtail.  We believe it is an Elongate Bodied Springtail in the genus
Pogonognathellus and you can compare your photos to the images on BugGuide.  Springtails are primitive hexapods and they help to break down organic matter, so they are beneficial.  At times, they can become plentiful, so they become a nuisance, but they are benign creatures.

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Subject: Psocid or springtail?
Location: Hong Kong
January 4, 2014 1:24 pm
I discovered these little black(ish) bugs in my bed. I have not seen them anywhere else, but maybe that’s just because they are tiny and are hard to see unless contrasted against my white sheets and appearing close to my eyes.
They are only about 1mm (1/16 inch I believe) long and have two, for its size, long antennae sticking out straight forward.
After a look of web searches, springtail or psocids seem to fit.
Springtail appear to come from outside from what I’ve read, which I suppose is unlikely since I live on the 38th floor on top of a shopping mall. The floor above is a rooftop where some neighbors keep flowers, not sure if that can be the cause.
I live in Hong Kong and it is extremely humid here, I often get mold on the walls.
They are so tiny that I find it impossible to see if it’s a psocid or a springtail. I saw one larger that walked up on my iPad, when i slowly lifted the iPad the bug either jumped off or just slid off very fast. Another big one (1mm) seemed to vanish when I poked it so that might have jumped, but again I’m not sure as it was so small. A third one was smaller and definitely did not jump when I poked at it several times until it died.
I do not have any bites (as far as I can tell).
I managed to get a couple of photos of one on my bare mattress (using a clip-on lens for my iPhone as it’s otherwise impossible to photograph the tiny thing.
Signature: Andy

Possibly Springtail

Possibly Springtail

Hi Andy,
Booklice or Psocids are generally light in color, so we are favoring Springtails for your identification.  The Slender Springtails in the family Entomobryidae pictured on BugGuide look close to your image.

Many thanks!
I’m not a bug lover (especially when finding them in my bed, but your website is great! Amazing that you guys answer emails in your free time, especially with the amount your website said you get.
Btw, after putting my dehumidifier (as I read that both booklice and springtails need very high humidity levels) on clothes drying (max effect) and turning on an air heater that further reduces humidity for a few days I haven’t seen any. Hopefully I’ve gotten them out of my apartment and my bed!
Thanks again

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Subject: Tiny Black Bugs
Location: North Carolina
December 22, 2013 7:59 pm
We found quite of large number of these tiny black bugs in our home tonight. They are smaller than fleas but do jump.
Signature: Matt

Globular Springtail we believe

Globular Springtail we believe

Hi Matt,
The photo is very tiny as well and we cannot really make out any structural details on your bug.  We believe this is a Globular Springtail which is a benign creature (that term just got us in trouble with the Arrow-Headed Flatworm) that can become a nuisance if they are plentiful, and Globular Springtails in the order Symphypleona are generally found in large numbers when conditions are damp.

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Subject: Biting bug causing allergic reaction
Location: Sydney, Australia
November 26, 2013 1:51 am
Hi there,
We live in Sydney, Australia and have just moved into a new apartment.
After an unusually warm winter, my wife and I were both bitten by some kind of bug.
Initially I thought it was fleas, as the bites were located around the ankles, elbows and stomach area.
My wife has had a severe allergic reaction, with her body itching all over and large areas of her thigs covered in spots.
I set up a basic trap (bowl of soapy water and desk lamp), but all I ’caught’ were these bugs. One looks like a fungus gnat, but unsure what the larvae are.
Can you help us?
Cheers
Signature: Eddie

Springtails

Springtails

Hi Eddie,
These are benign Springtails, and they are not responsible for the bites you are experiencing.

Thanks Daniel,
Very much appreciated!
So the search continues – something is still biting us…
Cheers
Eddie

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Subject: Bug ID needed
Location: Northeast Wisconsin
October 6, 2013 1:47 pm
We live in NE Wisconsin and after a full day of rain there are these tiny, tiny black bugs crawling along the siding and cement patio. They don’t fly, but they do smell. When you try to sweep them up, they swarm back together. They constantly look like a black spot is moving. I tried hosing them down, but they don’t seem to drown. I tried sweeping them away from the water and drying them out in the sun with no luck. I don’t want them in the house.
What to do and what are they?
Signature: Chris

Springtails

Springtails

Hi Chris,
It is impossible to make out individual creatures in your photos, but we believe these are Springtails, primitive hexapods that often appear in prodigious numbers when conditions are ideal.  They like damp conditions.  Springtails are benign creatures that can become a nuisance if they are plentiful.  They help to break down organic matter and they are actually beneficial. 

Springtails

Springtails

 

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