Subject: What are they??
Location: Wake Forest, NC
June 8, 2015 6:38 pm
Dear Bugman,
These nasty little bugs showed up at our house last year (we moved in in 2010). They are ALL over porches, patio, flagstone, woodwork…literally ALL over the place, thousands. I submitted last year to a Bug ID app and they could NOT telle what they are. They look like silverfish but at not. They are only outside. They are tiny, biggest one would prob be 2-3 millimeters. When it rains they like to move to or siding. Please help me identify these little buggars…they drive me nuts! I have blown up the first picture. The second pic shows them on my outside wood pillars…little specs all over
Signature: Erica the frustrated homeowner



Dear Erica the frustrated homeowner,
Though they can be a nuisance when they are plentiful, these Springtails are benign creatures that will not harm you, your home or its furnishings.  When conditions are damp, they will multiply, and you should see numbers diminish when things dry out.

Location: Wake Forest, North Carolina

2 Responses to Springtails

  1. carla says:

    I too have the same type of bugs on my hermit crabs! Barely able to see them, but their movement catching my eye – on water dish, food dish and crabs themselves. Never saw them before and suspected they came w/the most recent hermit crab I purchased. Also wondering if they might have gotten into the cage on pieces of wood from the outside I hadn’t sterilized? Sounds like they’re common to hermits though. Could be infestations in store habitats.

  2. Lori A. says:

    I too have these by the thousands all over my patios, sidewalks,porches ,driveway,all over foundation of my house. Does any one know how to get rid of these? The pest control company has sprayed over and over and they still are there!

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