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Subject:  Need help with identifiyng bug
Geographic location of the bug:  California
Date: 05/13/2019
Time: 05:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, we have an issue with this little bug all over our yard. They mostly hide in dark areas like under leaves , wood what ever they can find. They are now starting to come into the house and they jump all over and are very tiny. They do not seem to bite however I’m not 100% sure.
How you want your letter signed:  Justin

Springtails

Hi Justin,
These are benign Springtails in the order Collembola, and they are arguably the most common creatures on land.  When conditions are favorable (generally damp conditions) they can get so numerous as to be a nuisance, but they pose no threat to humans.  In our opinion and the opinion of many, they are actually beneficial because they help to break down rotting organic matter so that it can be incorporated into fertile soil.

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Subject:  Black spotted bug with red head
Geographic location of the bug:  Idaho, USA
Date: 05/13/2019
Time: 01:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a bunch of these tiny little bugs crawling in my bedroom windowsill. They look to be grayish with black spots and a red head. Any idea what they are?
How you want your letter signed:  Brandi

Globular Springtail

Dear Brandi,
This looks like a benign Globular Springtail to us.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject:  Could you id this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  INDIANA
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 09:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This is a small bug on the side of my house and there is a lot of them.
How you want your letter signed:  Id bug

Elongate Bodied Springtail

This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a benign creature that might become a nuisance if it becomes too numerous, especially inside the home.  Springtails in the order Collembola are arguably the most numerous group of animals on land, though some species are aquatic.

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Subject:  Teeny Microscopic Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Suffolk County, New York
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 10:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  The clear photos are in a yellow bug light. The blurry photos are best capture of the color. The size they are 1mm big. Not sure if they are babies. They were moving to fast to get a clear photo. They were active both during the day and at night. They are on everything not just on leaves or plants. The photos are them on the railings. They are tons of them and they are everywhere. The current temperature is 43 degrees at 10pm. We live about a mile from a large river. (Carmens River) We shined a light on them so they have shadows. 1st photo is a side view. 2nd is a sideview, third is best photo of markings.
How you want your letter signed:  Nicole

Globular Springtail

Dear Nicole,
This is a Globular Springtail, a benign creature that might become a nuisance if it is too plentiful, a phenomenon that happens when conditions are ideal for reproduction.  Interestingly, we are catching up on unanswered identification requests and we received this Globular Springtail request from New Jersey and this Globular Springtail request also from New Jersey on the same day you sent your request.

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Subject:  Tiny little bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  South jersey
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 09:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I noticed these tiny little black dots that move in my hot tub. Next day I see a ton of them by the door entrance to my house on the outside towards the deck.
One picture is of a bunch of them, the next one is cropped with just one.
How you want your letter signed:  Mark

Globular Springtails

Dear Mark,
These appear to be Globular Springtails, benign creatures that often become a nuisance when they appear in large numbers.  Interestingly, we just finished posting another inquiry regarding Globular Springtails, that also originated in New Jersey. 

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Subject:  Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Jackson,  New Jersey USA
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 05:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! Its currently 45° here in NJ,  I dont understand how I have these tiny bugs all over the side of my garage and all over my deck. I cant tell if they fly or just move really fast but its freaking me out! Help! Do I need to call someone to spray? Thanks ! -Katy
How you want your letter signed:  Katy

Globular Springtail

Dear Katy,
This is a Globular Springtail, a benign creature that might become a nuisance if it is too plentiful.  They tend to proliferate when conditions are ideal, and then they seemingly vanish.

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