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Subject: Not bedbugs!
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
June 12, 2014 9:06 pm
I found at least 10-15 of these little guys crawling around on my sheets tonight within the span of an hour. They’re very very tiny, maybe a 10th of the size of the tip of a match. They’re orange/light brown and don’t seem to fly. While they don’t actually jump, they move quickly for their tiny size and what seems like a little jump. I can only find about one every few minutes that’s actually alive, but there are maybe 10 dead ones throughout my sheets too. Any ideas? My window is open 24/7. Could they be coming from outside? I haven’t had any bites or itchy bumps either. They seem to be harmless but are definitely creepy. Please let me know if you can figure these guys out!
Signature: Sarah K


Probably Thrips

Hi Sarah,
While we cannot make out any detail in your image, based on the description you have provided, we are quite certain this is a harmless and benign Springtail.  They like moist conditions.

Update:  June 4, 2020
Based on a new comment, we agree that this might be a Thrips and some Thrips do bite.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

6 Responses to Probably Thrips

  1. Natasha says:

    I live in Lafayette and I found these in my bed too this morning, however they do bite me! I literally just got bit while writing this. Please help I’m freaking out and seriously need to know what to do!!!

  2. Natasha M says:

    I live in Knoxville,Tn and I too have found them in my bed and it’s like the have burrowed there self in my skin I have them mainly on my right arm and they do bite and itch like crazy but they bite you all over what are the how do I get rid of them please help and my dogs even are itching and they are yellow very tiny like the picture above and they they roll up when you touch them and pop like a flea what kind of bug is this not a bed bug and when on the bed the burrow thereselfs in the sheets and pillows

  3. Natasha Green says:

    Hi everyone! Yes these are still an issue and I get bitten quite often. Not as severe as a mosquito bite but it does itch. This has really bothered me bc all info I’ve read up on about springtails claims they’re harmless and don’t bite. Idk, so many insects seem to be evolving and coming with new hazards and threats to humans. I’ve considered capturing a few and taking them to Purdue University to see if they can be identified but I travel for work and haven’t had time. If you find out anymore info plz share and I’ll do the same.

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