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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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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Bronx, New York
October 2, 2016 10:21 pm
Hi,
I just had a issue with my dog and fleas.. I took him to the vet and had all the appropriate procedures done. I also sprayed petlock indoors spray around his bedding area and all corners of the bedroom under the bed and in cracks and crevasses. While inspecting the area I saw these two types on insects near the crevasses on my wood floor. I’m hoping you can help me identify the species, are they harmful and what can I do to eradicate them.
I’ve included some macro shots and zoomed in at 300%. Hope that helps.
Thanks
Signature: Rick G.

Mite

Mite

Dear Rick
One of your tiny creatures appears to be a Mite.  Though many Mites are considered harmless, and some predatory species are considered beneficial, there are also many species that can cause problems to people and pets.  Bird Mites proliferate in the nests of birds like pigeons that may be in your eaves, and once the fledglings fly off, hungry Mites might enter the home in search of blood or other food.  Other Mites infest stored foods.  Scabies are a type of Mite.  We have also received reports of Mites on computers.  Alas, we are unable to provide you with a species identification on the Mite.  You second creature appears to be a benign Springtail, though when they are plentiful, Springtails can be a nuisance in the home.

Springtail

Springtail

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Subject: Found a ton of these on kitchen tile, killed many but can’t identify in order to take care of problem
Location: Parker, CO
October 1, 2016 5:48 pm
Hi, I live in Parker, Colorado. Last night when I was cleaning the kitchen I noticed what looked like black crumbs or pepper on the floor. Went to wipe it up and it was actually a throng of incredibly tiny black bugs. I’ve noticed several just roaming around in the kitchen since I cleaned that spot up, and I want to be sure get rid of all of them.
Signature: Brett M.

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Brett,
This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a benign creature that can become a nuisance when they are plentiful indoors.  They are generally found in conjunction with damp conditions.

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