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Subject: Tiny purple flea like bugs
Location: Gold Bar, WA
January 15, 2013 1:01 am
These tiny flea like bugs show up each winter, trillions of them! They collect in large clusters seemingly attracted to light colored objects, hopping on them. They creep us out and we wonder if they can be harmful to us or our animals. When clustered up they appear a very dark purple color. Hope you can help us identity these things. Thanks
Signature: Eric Inan

Springtails

Dear Eric,
You have Springtails, and population explosions like this might be a nuisance, but they are not dangerous.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Washington

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