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Subject: Insects in Antioch CA swimming pool
Location: Antioch California
March 11, 2017 4:03 pm
Hello
A friend of my moms has these insects in her swimming pool. Antioch CA
Currently (march)
Any ideas what they are?
Signature: Emily

Springtails

Dear Emily,
These benign Springtails can become a nuisance if they get too plentiful.  We have gotten other reports in the past of Springtails associated with swimming pools.

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Subject: Hello
Location: Richmond VA
March 8, 2017 6:11 pm
What is this bug? Is it termite?
Signature: Sima Behpour

Springtail

Dear Sima,
This is a benign Springtail, a common creature that is found nearly everywhere in the world.  They can become a nuisance if they are plentiful.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: Tiny guys
Location: Raleigh, NC
February 18, 2017 7:00 pm
Found dozens of these on my porch railing. Very small, maybe 2mm or so. Has been warmer recently, didn’t notice them during the winter.
Signature: Kyle

Slender Springtails

Dear Kyle,
These are Springtails in the class Collembola, probably the family Entomobryidae, the Slender Springtails which are pictured on BugGuide.  Springtails are extremely common Hexapods that are found throughout the world.  We consider Springtails to be benign, but they may become a nuisance if conditions are ideal and they become too plentiful.

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Subject: Strange bug
Location: Southeastern USA
January 22, 2017 12:15 pm
I have these bugs on my porch rail. The jump but don’t bite that I know of
Signature: Kat

Globular Springtail

Dear Kat,
This looks like a benign Globular Springtail to us.  Here is a much more detailed image from BugGuide.

Hi Daniel,
How can I get rid of them or are they that helpful to me?
Thanks,
Kat

They are considered beneficial in that they help to break down raw materials into nutritious soil, but if they are too numerous, they may be a nuisance.  We do not provide extermination advice.

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Subject: Is this a mite of some sort?
Location: Langley, BC Canada
November 14, 2016 8:01 pm
These little creatures have been crawling around on our metal stairway railing for days! Not sure where they came from or if they bite….or really what they are! Please help!
Signature: Robin

Globular Springtail

Globular Springtail

Dear Robin,
You have Globular Springtails, benign creatures that can become a nuisance when conditions are right for population explosions.

Globular Springtails

Globular Springtails

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Subject: Tiny bug in pool in Fountain Hills AZ
Location: Fountain Hills AZ
October 27, 2016 4:59 pm
A neighbor found thousands of these tiny things floating in their pool. Here is a microscopic image 10x
Signature: Katie

Springtails

Springtails

Dear Katie,
These are Springtails.  They are benign creatures that can get very numerous, creating a nuisance when conditions are correct.  This is not the first report we have received of Springtails in a swimming pool.

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