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spta97
Griswold, CT

December 8, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9353262

Recently I have found these bugs around the outside of the house and entry ways. There are in the thousands to hundereds of thousands...if not more.

They are very small - approximatly 1.5 - 2 MM. They crawl slowly but will also jump like a flea if disturbed (I sure hope they aren't fleas).

The bugs squish easily and seem to be killed by the Ortho bug spray pump that I have been using.

They do not seem to bite but are literally covering everything outside - anything new that is put out (a cardboard box for example) will have them crawling over it in an hour.

Any idea what they are?

Thanks!

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 9, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9353683

These are globular springtails, collembolans in the family Sminthuridae - http://bugguide.net/node/view/68286
spta97
Griswold, CT

December 15, 2012
8:36 PM

Post #9359528

[quote="Flapdoodle"]These are globular springtails, collembolans in the family Sminthuridae - http://bugguide.net/node/view/68286[/quote]

Thanks Flapdoodle! Is it normal for there to be so many? Do they cause any harm?

Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 16, 2012
3:49 AM

Post #9359591

Springtails can occur in enormous numbers. Most are harmless scavengers; I know of only one species of globular springtail that can be real pest, it is known as the lucerne flea - http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/26_14463.htm
spta97
Griswold, CT

December 16, 2012
8:02 PM

Post #9360298

[quote="Flapdoodle"]Springtails can occur in enormous numbers. Most are harmless scavengers; I know of only one species of globular springtail that can be real pest, it is known as the lucerne flea - http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/26_14463.htm[/quote]

Thanks Flapdoodle - much appreciated.

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