Harmless Barklice in Play Fort

Subject: What is this?
Location: Ocala, Florida
January 11, 2016 2:24 pm
I just found these tiny little bugs in my boys play fort! I have no clue if they are harmful or what I should do. Please help me! I’m also in FL
Signature: Lauren

Barklice
Barklice

Dear Lauren,
You have no cause for concern.  These are immature Barklice, and they are usually found on trees where they feed on lichens growing on the bark.  There must be lichens growing on your boy’s fort.  Barklice are frequently called Tree Cattle, but in your case, we would have to call them Fort Cattle.

Barklice
Barklice

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