Miniscule (nearly microscopic) ant-like bugs?
Location: Midtown Manhattan, New York City
November 13, 2010 2:43 am
My kitchen countertop near the faucets has become home to miniscule – nearly microscopic – ant-like creatures. They are so teeny that my camera on the most powerful setting couldn’t capture them. I had to catch some with tape and then scan the tape. The attached photo is the best I could get – it appears to be two of them, one larger than the other.
I found thousands of these entities amassed under a small marble slat that I had sitting on the countertop. The marble was removed and thrown out but these creatures continue to habitate the countertop particularly near an faucet area.
PLEASE – WHAT ARE THEY????
You have Springtails, generally regarded as the most common hexapods on the planet. They are important in soil as they help to break down organic matter, creating humus which increases the fertility of the earth. In the home, they are often attracted to damp and dark places, generally in the kitchen and bathroom, where they are thought to feed upon mold. Though they might be considered a nuisance if they appear in large numbers, they are benign creatures.
THANK YOU for taking your valuable time to identify and explain these creatures.
I really appreciate it!
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