CLOSED: Need Help Identifying these Bugs

Griswold, CT

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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Minot, ND

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

Griswold, CT

Quote from Flapdoodle :
These are globular springtails, collembolans in the family Sminthuridae - http://bugguide.net/node/view/68286


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

Minot, ND

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

Griswold, CT

Quote from 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


Thanks Flapdoodle - much appreciated.

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