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Subject: Beetles?
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
June 24, 2017 3:01 am
Hello. I think these might be some type of flea or water beetles. They jumped out of our bathtub drain in Phoenix, Arizona. These 2 were the largest. Some were so small they looked like flecks of pepper. They jump & bite hard! They also seem to be able to swim.
Signature: Fed Up in AZ


Dear Fed Up in AZ,
We are going to contact Eric Eaton to get his opinion on this, but we believe these are Thrips in the order Thysanoptera, but we don’t know what they are doing in your bathtub drain.  These are not Beetles.  You can see images of Thrips on BugGuide, including this image and this image.


Eric Eaton Responds
Ok, two different organisms at play here.  The images are of a small moth, maybe Tineidae for family.  The other creatures she describes are springtails, order Collembola.  They do not bite, though, so maybe yet another insect is to blame, like fleas or something.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

Ed. Note:  There are no Springtails visible in this image.  While we thought the jumping and the drain indicated possible Springtails, the pictured Moth is most definitely NOT a Springtail.  Since Springtails do not bite, we were additionally puzzled.


Interesting!  Thanks. We had mold growing beneath the bathtub and in the walls surrounding the separate shower and in the carpeted areas also. The bugs also came up through cracks in the cement and cracks in the grout of the floor tiles all throughout the house ( likely from a slab leak beneath the home. )
The county extension office identified them as a mix of Beetles and Springtails, yet they didn’t specify any types of beetles or springtails. They did say none of them would be biting people and they were drawn indoors because of the mold.
We were renting and we moved, but whatever they are they must’ve gotten into our belongings because we still live with them. Not as bad,mind you! But they’re still very much present indoors and still biting and making our lives miserable. On the rare occasion we do manage to smash one of the bigger ones mid bite, it’s always plainly full of bright red blood. I just don’t understand it and I’m so sick of it. The tiny ones seem to bore into furniture and even tile and cement! How???
Thank you again

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


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.

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


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.

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.

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?

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.

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