Subject: Help w/ ID-ing Tiny bugs found in moldy bathroom
February 12, 2013 9:21 pm
I have a whole bunch of these bugs in my moldy bathroom. There are no windows, no exhaust, no fans in my bathroom so I’m pretty sure thats why the mold is forming. OK, so back to the bugs, they are brownish, very tiny and some are even teeny tiny, which I think might be the babies. They look like they have wings but I see them crawling most of the time, only rarely do I see them fly or if I sprayed bathroom odor spray on them they’d fly. They look like they have 6 legs and 2 long antennas and the back 1/2 of the body has stripes. I see them on the walls only and there’s one corner where they’re packed and lined up. It just looks so disgusting to be using the bathroom with all these bugs on the walls.
I would really like to ID these bugs and then find the best way to clear them away.
This is a member of the insect order Psocodea, and it is either a Booklouse or a Barklouse. They do not bite humans. Booklice which are often found indoors are generally not winged and Barklice are generally found outdoors, so this is a bit of a mystery to us. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide additional information. You can also get information on BugGuide.
Eric Eaton provides some clarity
It is a barklouse, but I have no idea what family, let alone genus or species. I suppose they could hibernate….I really know very little about them other than how to recognize them.