Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Queens, NY
March 15, 2015 2:27 pm
I live in an apartment in Queens, NY and we have these little bugs swarming on our kitchen counter, close to the wall. They’re close to the sink. We also see them on the edge of the sink in our bathroom.
They’re pretty calm, but dart around when you bother them (like when I took their picture).
Do you know what these are? Thank you!
This is a Springtail, arguably the most common hexapod on the planet. Springtails are beneficial creatures that help break down organic matter, and though they are fine in nature and in the garden, they can become a nuisance indoors. Springtails thrive under damp conditions, and since you are finding them near the sink, we can’t help but wonder if you have a leaky pipe that is causing problems inside the walls. If mold is growing, it can be acting as a food source for the Springtails. You might want to get the plumbing checked.