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good pic of springtail (I think)
After reviewing your excellent site, I’m sure we found springtails. My wife has noticed them in several rooms of house and we wondered what these tiny, tiny bugs were. See attached photo taken on a slightly textured plaster wall. [The image was taken with a ProScope USB digital microscope, 50x lens, LED-illuminated, attached to my Mac Book Pro. My guess is that you have one of these scopes, but if not, I highly recommend it! Great for kids to explore bugs and other things.] Man, these springtails can move FAST, though! Apparently they are harmless enough, but I hope their presence is not indicative that some portion of the house structure is wet. Brad Price
Souderton, PA

Hi Brad,
Thanks for the tip on the ProScope as well as the photo of the Springtail.

Unknown bug everywhere
I hope you can help me figure out what is the name of this bug. I’m worried because they’ve suddenly appeared in different parts of my house. I started out seeing them on the first floor, by the stairs coming up from the finished basement. Now I’m also seeing them upstairs on the second floor, on the ceiling of the loft and on pieces of paper on my computer desk. They’ve also been seen on the floor along the wall in the kitchen. They’re not very big, ranging from extremely tiny to small. I had to use the macro lens on my camera to get a decent picture. One picture is of one that I found on a sheet of paper on my desk that I killed. The other two were of another one walking along the loft ceiling. The two bugs look a little different but the antenna look the same. The dead one has the long things coming out of the tail end, which reminded me of a silverfish, but the live one did not. They also kind of smear like a silverfish if you kill them. Please help! I’m worried that they might be damaging the house or something. They’ve just started appearing in the last month or so.
Dave B, in Virginia

Hi Dave,
This is one of the over 2000 species of Springtail in the order Collembola. Most species, though a nuisance when they get plentiful, are benign, feeding on mold, decaying vegetation and algae. Algae feeders are often found in pools. Though they aren’t harmful, they might be symptomatic of a mold problem.

Sprintails in Aquarium?
I believe I may have spring tails. I have white microscopic things jumping on the surface of the water in on of my breeder baskets in a fish tank. At first I thought it was daphnia of some sort (water fleas) but somebody mentionned it might be spring tails. Is there a way to get rid of them without harming my fish? The room is not a damp location but of course the aquarium is. >From the pictures on your site I’m not 100% sure they are sprintails. They are about the size of the end of a sowin needle (the point so a few 100 microns) and jump about 1″ high or so. when spooked. They seem to be able to float on the water. I had one dead fry in the basket could the spring tails kill my young fish?
Dominique Duval
Winnipeg, MB

Hi Dominique,
This is a new one for us, but entirely possible. The Springtails will not harm the fish. Sorry, we don’t know how to get rid of them without harming the fish, except manual removal.

Can you tell us what this is?
Can you please tell us what this bug is? My Aunt is freaking out. I thought it was a flea. She thinks that it is a springtail. Any help to resolve this?
THank YOu,

Hi Suzanne,
We think you owe your Aunt dinner since she won the bet. According to Eric Eaton, this is a highly magnified Springtail.

Found Springtails in tub ! I keep finding these bugs in the bathtub and bathroom sinks of our new house in Dallas Texas. I cant seem to get rid of them. I searched the net to determine what but is it. From your website, I am fairly certain it is a Springtail. Thank you for having this cool website…. only one problem, your HTML code is full of bugs. A lot of info on Springtails to add to your site. Here is a link I found all about Springtails , the small bugs that I found in my bathtub.

Thanks Michael. Our readers will appreciate this.