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Subject: What is this?
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
April 27, 2017 5:43 am
I would really appreciate your help, I was sitting in my vehicle with the doors open and kept feeling little bites i then noticed multiple bugs like this one on my arm. The have wings and can jump/fly. I also noticed them on my white vehicle. Can u help identify them?
Signature: Sarah


Dear Sarah,
This looks like a Thrips, which is used for both singular and plural.  According to BugGuide:  “Some are wingless; where present, the wings are narrow with few or no veins and fringed with long hairs. Mouthparts asymmetrical (no right mandible), suitable for piercing and sucking. Antennae relatively short, 4- to 9-segmented; tarsi 1-2-segmented, with 1-2 claws and are bladder-like at the end.” 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

4 Responses to Thrips bites woman

  1. I was sitting on my patio and I started feeling some stinging. I live in Illinois south of Chicago but have never felt this or seen these before. Maybe they were out because it had just rained but holy cow do they itch!

  2. danyelle daniels says:

    I have the same problem they are small jumping bugs and we thought they were fleas cheated for everything used flea power flea sprays shampooed carpets and they still came back they bite but aren’t Fleas I don’t know where to upload picture so I wasn’t sure if they are sprigtails

    • Ash says:

      They are NOT springtails. I’m ‘lucky’ enough to have an infestation of springtails on my front deck every spring-fall, as well as have the little orange biting bugs. I’m not completely sure if the orange biting ones are thirps as this says (though images look very similar) but I do know that what you’re experiencing is 100% NOT springtails. Springtails can, in theory, bite, but their bite is hardly strong enough to penetrate human skin. Springtails also jump fairly well.

  3. Molly Dav says:

    I have these everywhere and now in my house and IN MY FURNITURE! I think my dogs brought them in! Did you figure out how to kill them? Any advice would help! My house and lawn has been sprayed- they REFUSE to spray furniture! They couldn’t even ID them. I figured it out on my own. Please help! I’m sleepless in Ohio from the bites!
    Thanks, MD

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