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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Tennessee
June 1, 2015 3:12 pm
Hello! We recently have a ton of these crawling all over our above ground swimming pool and surrounding area. Can you please tell us what this is and if possible how to get rid of them? Thanks!
Signature: ?

Thrips

Thrips

This is a Thrips, a word that is the same for both singular and plural.  According to BugGuide:  “Almost half of the known species feed only on fungi; a considerable number feed only on green leaf tissues; a few are prey on other arthropods.(9) Plant-feeders often cause damage to leaves and flower petals.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Thrips can often be found on flowers, they are especially visible on light colored flowers like daisies. Be aware that though they are very tiny, they can give a slightly painful bite.”  We do not provide extermination advice.  Your submission will go live in several weeks when we are away from the office. 

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Subject: Unknown Beetle
Location: Mansfield, Texas
May 2, 2015 4:48 pm
Can you help ID these guys?  …  Pretty sure I brought them home on some Shasta Daisies I just bought. Are the y considered a pest or beneficial – Thanks so very much
Signature: Jeanine

Thrips

Thrips

Hi again Jeanine,
Based on images found on BugGuide, the small black and white insect in your previously submitted image of Kern’s Flower Scarabs is a species of Thrips in the genus
Aeolothrips.

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Subject: Not bedbugs!
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
June 12, 2014 9:06 pm
Hi,
I found at least 10-15 of these little guys crawling around on my sheets tonight within the span of an hour. They’re very very tiny, maybe a 10th of the size of the tip of a match. They’re orange/light brown and don’t seem to fly. While they don’t actually jump, they move quickly for their tiny size and what seems like a little jump. I can only find about one every few minutes that’s actually alive, but there are maybe 10 dead ones throughout my sheets too. Any ideas? My window is open 24/7. Could they be coming from outside? I haven’t had any bites or itchy bumps either. They seem to be harmless but are definitely creepy. Please let me know if you can figure these guys out!
Signature: Sarah K

Springtail

Probably Thrips

Hi Sarah,
While we cannot make out any detail in your image, based on the description you have provided, we are quite certain this is a harmless and benign Springtail.  They like moist conditions.

Update:  June 4, 2020
Based on a new comment, we agree that this might be a Thrips and some Thrips do bite.

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Subject: Small, very small, winged and spiked
Location: Northern California east bay
May 11, 2014 2:40 pm
I have these all over the kids play set and they are by the millions! Super small. They bite and fly. I have one on the end of the tweezer to compare the size. Please if you could help us! Plus they were all over the tree trimmings that were sitting for two weeks…
Signature: Elizabeth and fam

Thrips

Thrips

Dear Elizabeth,
These are Thrips in the order Thysanoptera.

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Rose insect ID?
Location:  San Jose, California
April 28, 2014
Hi Daniel,
Any idea what these are?  Earwig hatchling?
The things are miniscule — on a rose in San Jose California this morning — not sure if the two photos are of same species.
Thanks,
Frank

Thrips

Thrips

Hi Frank
These look like Thrips in the order Thysanoptera to us.  See BugGuide for additional information.

Thrips

Thrips

Thanks — from looking at thrips I agree!!
Just now I got a better photo….
Frank

Thrips

Thrips

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Subject: thrips
October 25, 2013 8:39 pm
No info was provided on how we can get them out of our hair/head and to quit biting us.  I have already been to  emergency room for an infected bites and nothing I try has helped.  Many years ago (1984), we had an infestation in our home because of weeds on our acreage, and these tiny things blew threw the window screens.  It cost us over $300 in pest control, and in addition, we had to get rid of our carpeting, mattresses and sofas/chairs with fabric coverings.   Recently our Bexar county extension service identified my samples as “thrips” again.  Cattle need to be considered if pesticides are used on property where they eat/drink, as well as any other livestock.
Signature: Lonnie

Thrips photo from our archives

Thrips photo from our archives

Dear Lonnie,
We are sorry, but we haven’t any suggestions.  We do not really provide extermination advice.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide you with some assistance.

Thrips photograph from our archives

Thrips photograph from our archives

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