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Help identifying tiny jumping bug


I've found a few of these bugs hanging out on my desk. There aren't many. Maybe 5-10 at any given time. Are they a type of springtail? I couldn't find an image in searching that made me say, "That's it!"

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks!


Those are springtails. Order Collembola. You can find yours here on BugGuide. https://bugguide.net/node/view/258362


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Are small brownish jumping bugs carpet mites?

Question: We found small brownish jumping bugs, 2 mm, very small. I thought it was dirt then, it jumped. They are in the edge of the carpet/tile areas. Is it carpet mites? I know they are not fleas, beetles, silver fish, bed bugs. They are very small. They do not bite or itch I just don't want them in my home.

ANSWER: Probably what you have are springtails. Carpet mites are also called dust mites and they are microscopic, certainly not 2 mm. This is a good name for them, since they hop by using their tail. Springtails do not bite people or pets, but they can be a nuisance when they occur in large numbers. They are often found in moist locations outside houses. Sometimes they are found inside in kitchens, bathrooms and ground-level rooms.

These small insects do not reproduce in houses they simply invade from the outside. They prefer humid locations and must have high humidity to survive. They are easily controlled by vacuuming or finding a way to dry the site. They may also be controlled with the use of an aerosol spray.

The best long-term solution is to dry the location and keep it dry. A dehumidifier may be helpful in a damp basement. If the crawlspace is damp, check to be sure the vents are open and not blocked. If dampness continues to be a problem, look outdoors at drainage. Make sure gutters are clear and downspouts drain away from the house.

These are the same insects that can appear in large numbers in the winter on snow, then they are called snowfleas.

You should contact the local Orkin branch office. A highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will visit your home and assess the situation. A customized, scientifically proven treatment protocol will be developed to help you with this problem. The Specialist will be able to conclusively identify the animal in question. I would need a specimen, so for now this is a "best guess." Call the Local Orkin Branch Office today for additional help.

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The Orkin Man used the information above to also answer the following questions submitted by Orkin.com users:

Question: How do you get rid of springtails?

Question: Hi. I've been searching the web forever and can't identify these little critters. They are very small, but visible. They live seemingly in the dirt and rocks outside my home, but do come in frequently. They definitely jump. However, they do not resemble any flea photos I have seen. My best description is like a tiny almost clear-colored cockroach. They do not seem to favor any one place, they are absolutely everywhere. If you could help, I'd greatly appreciate it!

Question: Last year we were getting bites but had not seen the bugs. The doctor thought they were mite bites. I see a lot of tiny, gray bugs outside on the wood railing and cement. They also jump. Could it be fleas? We have no pets but have wooded area in the back.

Question: We have a brand new house and I just started seeing these little brown maybe red bugs with little antennas. The seem to jump also. I was wondering what they could be and what I should do.

Question: How do you get rid of springtails that are around and in your home?

Question: I have springtails in my shower. I've been treating them with Raid, but it doesn't seem to keep them away. What type of control do you provide for these insects? I don't want to control them, I want to get rid of them.

Question: I have an infestation of bugs that "act" like fleas—jumping, on my feet, ankles, legs. However, they do not bite, there is no itching. What could they be?

Question: We looked outside on our concrete driveway and it looked like large piles of very black dust. When getting closer it was teeny tiny black bugs. What could this be. We live in East Tennessee.


RESULTS

Body shape

All three species of psyllids analysed had a similar body shape, with large translucent front wings held to form a roof covering the thorax and abdomen and extending beyond the tip of the abdomen (Fig. 1A,B). The body was slung low to the ground and supported by legs placed on the ground to either side of the body. Cacopsylla was the smallest, with a body length of 1.9±0.1 mm (mean ± s.e.m., N=13) and a body mass of 0.7±0.03 mg (N=35). Psylla was the largest, with a body twice the length of the other two species (4.0±0.3 mm N=7) and of almost four times greater mass (2.8±0.1 mg N=29) than Cacopsylla (Table 1). Psyllopsis had a body only 10% longer than that of Cacopsylla (2.2±0.1 mm N=7) but a body mass that was 62% greater (1.2±0.1 mg N=19).

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Drawings of Psyllopsis fraxini. (A) View of the right side, with the right hind leg fully levated and ready to propel a jump. The femur locates in a hollowed and membranous area of the side wall of the metathorax bounded anteriorly by the trochantin. (B) The same view, with the right hind leg fully depressed, as it would be at the end of a jump. The large coxa of the right hind leg is now visible. The tibiae and tarsi of the front and middle legs are omitted. (C) Ventral view, with the hind legs fully depressed and pointing forwards. (D) The left half of the metathorax, viewed from inside, to show the large trochanteral depressor muscle of a hind leg and its tendon.

Drawings of Psyllopsis fraxini. (A) View of the right side, with the right hind leg fully levated and ready to propel a jump. The femur locates in a hollowed and membranous area of the side wall of the metathorax bounded anteriorly by the trochantin. (B) The same view, with the right hind leg fully depressed, as it would be at the end of a jump. The large coxa of the right hind leg is now visible. The tibiae and tarsi of the front and middle legs are omitted. (C) Ventral view, with the hind legs fully depressed and pointing forwards. (D) The left half of the metathorax, viewed from inside, to show the large trochanteral depressor muscle of a hind leg and its tendon.

Structure of the hind legs

In Cacopsylla, the hind legs were only 10% longer than the front and middle legs, giving a ratio of leg lengths of 1:1:1.1 front: middle: hind (Table 1). In Psylla and Psyllopsis, the hind legs were 20% longer than the front and middle legs, giving a ratio of leg lengths of 1:1:1.2. In Cacopsylla, the hind tibia was the same length as the hind femur, but in Psylla it was 25% longer and in Psyllopsis it was 50% longer. Relative to the length of the body, the hind legs were also short, ranging from 61% of body length in Psylla, to 66% in Cacopsylla and to 76% in Psyllopsis. Relative to the cube root of body mass, the ratio of the hind leg lengths had a similar ratio, ranging from 1.5 to 1.7.

The two large hind coxae were closely apposed at the midline and did not move visibly relative to the metathorax during jumping (Figs 2, 3). By contrast, the small trochanter rotated through some 220 deg about the coxa and swung the hind leg from its fully levated position before a jump (Fig. 2A) to its fully depressed position after take-off (Fig. 2B,C, Fig. 3B). In its fully levated position, the hind femur fitted into a groove in the coxa at the side of the body and abutted anteriorly with the trochantin (Fig. 1A, Fig. 3). At its fully depressed position, the hind tibia and tarsus projected anteriorly in front of the head. A pointed protrusion, the meracanthus (Fig. 2A,B,D, Fig. 3) projected posteriorly and ventrally from the coxa but did not appear to engage with any part of the hind leg during these movements. The femur rotated through a small angle about the trochanter the tibia through some 110 deg about the femur, and the tarsus through some 70 deg about the tibia. Ventrally pointing spines were present on the distal tibia at the tibio-tarsal joint, which could increase traction with the surface from which a psyllid jumps.

Scanning electron micrographs of the right hind leg of Psylla alni. (A) Ventral view of the right trochanter and femur, which lies in a groove in the side wall of the thorax, bounded anteriorly by the trochantin. A pointed meracanthus projects posteriorly from the coxa. The inset shows the dorsal surface of the femur touching the edge of a hair field on the coxa. (B) Ventral view of the right hind trochanter, which is fully depressed so that the hind leg points anteriorly and reveals the articulation of the trochanter with the coxa. The insertion of the tendon of the large trochanteral depressor muscle is visible. (C) Lateral view of the right hind leg of Psylla alni. The hind leg is depressed fully so that it projects forwards to reveal the articulation between the right trochanter and the coxa and the groove between the coxa and trochantin. Two hair fields are visible the larger with more densely packed sensilla on the coxa, and a smaller one on the trochantin.

Scanning electron micrographs of the right hind leg of Psylla alni. (A) Ventral view of the right trochanter and femur, which lies in a groove in the side wall of the thorax, bounded anteriorly by the trochantin. A pointed meracanthus projects posteriorly from the coxa. The inset shows the dorsal surface of the femur touching the edge of a hair field on the coxa. (B) Ventral view of the right hind trochanter, which is fully depressed so that the hind leg points anteriorly and reveals the articulation of the trochanter with the coxa. The insertion of the tendon of the large trochanteral depressor muscle is visible. (C) Lateral view of the right hind leg of Psylla alni. The hind leg is depressed fully so that it projects forwards to reveal the articulation between the right trochanter and the coxa and the groove between the coxa and trochantin. Two hair fields are visible the larger with more densely packed sensilla on the coxa, and a smaller one on the trochantin.

Depression of the trochanter was powered by large muscles located in the metathorax (Fig. 2D). The muscles arise from the dorsal and anterior walls of the metathorax and insert within the thorax on a large, stiff tendon that runs through the coxa to insert on the medial, ventral rim of the trochanter (Fig. 2D).

Images of a jump by Psylla alni, viewed from the side and captured at 5000 s −1 , each with an exposure time of 0.05 ms. The images are arranged in two columns, with the bottom left-hand corner of each image providing a constant reference point in this and in Figs 5, 7, 8 and 9. The hind legs started to move at −2.4 ms, and the continuing depression of the hind trochantera raised the rear of the body so that the middle legs lost contact with the ground and the head pitched forwards. Once airborne, the body rotated rapidly in the pitch plane. The cartoons show how the angle of the body relative to the ground was measured when the head was pointing upwards (frame −2.4 ms) and then downwards (frame 0 ms).

Images of a jump by Psylla alni, viewed from the side and captured at 5000 s −1 , each with an exposure time of 0.05 ms. The images are arranged in two columns, with the bottom left-hand corner of each image providing a constant reference point in this and in Figs 5, 7, 8 and 9. The hind legs started to move at −2.4 ms, and the continuing depression of the hind trochantera raised the rear of the body so that the middle legs lost contact with the ground and the head pitched forwards. Once airborne, the body rotated rapidly in the pitch plane. The cartoons show how the angle of the body relative to the ground was measured when the head was pointing upwards (frame −2.4 ms) and then downwards (frame 0 ms).

A number of hair fields are placed such that they could provide proprioceptive information about the movement or position of a hind leg (Fig. 3). On the ventral surface of the hind coxae were two symmetrically placed fields that would be contacted by a hind femur when it was levated (Fig. 3A). Each field consisted of numerous articulated hairs, 25–50 μm in length and thus much shorter than the sparse 500 μm trichoid sensillum located nearby on the femur (inset in Fig. 3A). These fields were exposed when the hind legs were depressed (Fig. 3B), revealing the gradation in length of their constituent hairs. When levated, a hind leg also engaged with a hair field on the lateral surface of the coax, which again consisted of a large number of short hairs (Fig. 3B,C). On the ventral and posterior part of the trochantin was another hair field that would be contacted by the hind femur in advance of the jump (Fig. 3A,C). Together, these hair fields should be able to signal the initial levated position of a hind leg before a jump and its depressed position once a jump has been propelled.

Images of three jumps by the same Cacopsylla peregrina viewed from different orientations to show the sequence of movements of the hind legs. Images were captured at 5000 s −1 , each with an exposure time of 0.05 ms. (A) Jump viewed from the side. (B) Jump towards and to the right of the camera. (C) Jump from the front, glass wall of the chamber and viewed from underneath.

Images of three jumps by the same Cacopsylla peregrina viewed from different orientations to show the sequence of movements of the hind legs. Images were captured at 5000 s −1 , each with an exposure time of 0.05 ms. (A) Jump viewed from the side. (B) Jump towards and to the right of the camera. (C) Jump from the front, glass wall of the chamber and viewed from underneath.

Kinematics of the jump

The following description is of jumping by Psylla, the largest of the psyllids studied (Figs 4, 6), with further characteristics illustrated by the other two species (Figs 5, 7). The key feature of the jump was that the propulsive movements of the hind legs rotated the head downwards so that the front legs were often the final means of support. This posture at take-off resulted in high rates of spin in the pitch plane once airborne (Figs 4, 5 and 6 supplementary material Movie 1). Before a jump, both hind legs were fully levated so that the anterior edge of each femur was pressed against the associated trochantin. The body was held at an angle of about +20 deg relative to the horizontal so that the tip of the abdomen was close to the ground and the head was raised by the front and middle legs (Fig. 4, see diagram on first frame). The first observable movement of a hind leg was depression of the trochanter about the coax, which resulted in the progressive downward movement of the femur (supplementary material Movie 2). Initially, the angle between the femur and the tibia did not change, but as the rotation of the trochanter continued, then from 0.4 ms before take-off, the tibia did begin to extend. At take-off, the tibia was almost fully extended about the femur and the angle of the body relative to the horizontal was −76±6 deg (Table 2, Fig. 4, see diagram on frame 0 ms) with the head pointing downwards. During the 2.4 ms acceleration period in this jump, the angular rotation of the body was therefore 40,000 deg s −1 . The middle legs were the first to lose contact with the ground, between 0.6 and 0.4 ms before take-off. The forward pitch of the body was so great that the front legs supported the body until take-off. The angular movements of the joints of the front legs indicated that they were providing balance rather than thrust to the jump. Take-off was marked by the front and hind legs losing contact with the ground at about the same time. After take-off, rapid rotation of the body continued in the pitch plane.

Jumping performance of psyllids

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Three jumps by the same psyllid Cacopsylla – viewed from the side (Fig. 5A), from in front as it jumped towards the camera (Fig. 5B) and from underneath as it jumped from the vertical glass wall of the chamber (Fig. 5C) – illustrate further features of the sequence of leg movements. Before the jump, the tarsi of the hind legs were placed lateral to the body and remained in that position as they transmitted the force generated by the trochanteral muscles in the thorax to the ground. The rotation of the trochantera resulted in the femoro-tibial joints of the two hind legs moving medially and thus closer to each other so that they came to lie underneath the body (Fig. 5C). The body was pitched forwards at even higher angular rotation rates of 145,000 deg s −1 during the much shorter (0.6 ms long) acceleration period. Take-off was again marked by the front and hind legs losing contact with the ground at about the same time. In all species, the body always pointed downwards at take-off with the head close to the ground and the abdomen raised in the air. Body angles at take-off were similar in all species, ranging from −58±3 deg in Psyllopsis (mean of means of 19 jumps by five psyllids), to −61±5 deg in Cacopsylla (mean of means of 40 jumps by eight psyllids) and to −66±3 deg in Psylla (mean of means of 32 jumps by seven psyllids) (Table 2). The numbers of jumps and animals given here also apply to subsequent data.

The time taken to accelerate to take-off was related to the body mass of a particular species of psyllid. In the lightest species, Cacopsylla, the acceleration time was shortest, with a mean of 0.9±0.3 ms and with a fastest acceleration of only 0.4 ms in the best jump recorded. In Psyllopsis, the time rose to 1.2±0.2 ms (fastest 0.8 ms) and in the heaviest species, Psylla, acceleration took almost twice as long as in Cacopsylla at 1.7±0.2 ms (fastest 1.0 ms) (Table 2). By contrast, the velocity at take-off did not correlate with body mass both the lightest and the heaviest had the same take-off velocities [Cacopsylla 1.7±0.2 m s −1 (fastest 2.5 m s −1 ), Psylla 1.7±0.2 m s −1 (fastest 2.7 m s −1 )], with Psyllopsis, of intermediate mass, having the lowest take-off velocity of 1.1±0.1 m s −1 (fastest 1.9 m s −1 ) (Table 2).

In the experimental chamber, psyllids jumped from the horizontal floor or from a vertical surface (Fig. 6A,B), but in their natural habitat they often jumped from the under-surface of leaves. No matter what the starting position, the thrust and spin that was imparted by movements of the hind legs translated into two characteristic features of the jump trajectory.

First, the angle of the trajectory was steep. Take-off elevation was controlled by the posture of the front and middle legs, which set the initial position of the body in advance of the acceleration phase of the jump. In Cacopsylla, the take-off angle was 80±1 deg and in the largest species, Psylla, it was not significantly different at 76±6 deg, but in Psyllopsis the angle was shallower at 62±7 deg (Table 2). These figures indicate that take-off angle is not a function of body size and mass.

Second, the rate of spin in the pitch plane was high. In Psylla and Psyllopsis, the mean rotation rates in the first 80 ms after take-off were 221±11 Hz and 199±17 Hz, respectively, but the smaller Cacopsylla had a higher rate of 336±14 Hz. As for take-off angles, similar rates of body spins were seen when jumping from surfaces of different orientations. Once airborne, wind resistance gradually slowed the rate of rotation in all species. The wings did not immediately open upon take-off to stabilise the body against these pitch rotations. The earliest the wings were seen to open was after some five cycles of rotation (Fig. 6), but in many jumps the wings remained closed throughout the jump so that continuing rotation of the body resulted in landings that were not controlled. Opening of the wings was sometimes followed by flapping movements that re-oriented the body and resulted in stable forward flight.

Body rotations in the pitch plane after take-off from jumps by Psylla alni, plotted as vertical displacement against horizontal displacement the open symbols show the position of the front of the head every 0.4 ms and the filled symbols give a time scale of every 2 ms. The cartoons show the orientation of the body at the points indicated, and the curved arrows with open heads indicate the direction of rotation. (A) Four jumps in which three Psylla jumped from a vertical wall (vertical, grey bar) in the chamber. In all jumps the body rotated, and in two jumps the wings were opened at the points indicated by the black arrows and began to flap. (B) Four jumps, all by the same Psylla, from the floor of the chamber (horizontal, grey bar). In one jump, the wings were opened (black arrow) and began to flap.

Body rotations in the pitch plane after take-off from jumps by Psylla alni, plotted as vertical displacement against horizontal displacement the open symbols show the position of the front of the head every 0.4 ms and the filled symbols give a time scale of every 2 ms. The cartoons show the orientation of the body at the points indicated, and the curved arrows with open heads indicate the direction of rotation. (A) Four jumps in which three Psylla jumped from a vertical wall (vertical, grey bar) in the chamber. In all jumps the body rotated, and in two jumps the wings were opened at the points indicated by the black arrows and began to flap. (B) Four jumps, all by the same Psylla, from the floor of the chamber (horizontal, grey bar). In one jump, the wings were opened (black arrow) and began to flap.

Controlling jump trajectory

In the vast majority (209 of 211) of jumps by all three species, the head pointed downwards at take-off and the body rotated rapidly forwards in the pitch plane once airborne. Two jumps using a different strategy were performed by the same Psyllopsis (Fig. 7A). In these jumps, the head was raised progressively during the acceleration period so that at take-off it pointed upwards and the angle of the body relative to the horizontal was +12 deg (Fig. 7B). By contrast, in a preceding jump by the same Psyllopsis, the most common strategy was used so that the head pointed downwards and the body angle at take-off was some −40 deg (Fig. 7C). At take-off, the trochanter had been rotated about the coxa by about the same amount in both jumping strategies. The difference in body orientation between the two strategies thus resulted from different movements of the femoro-tibial joints of the hind legs (Fig. 7D) in a jump with head up, the femoro-tibial joint was fully extended (180 deg) compared with achieving an angle of only half this value in jumps with the head down. Despite the similar acceleration times, jumps with the head up had a lower take-off velocity than those with the head down (Fig. 7E) and trajectories were shallower (Fig. 7F). The direction and rate of rotation once airborne were also different. When the head pointed upwards, the body spun backwards, and when downwards the body spun forwards. The pitch rate was 1360 deg s −1 when the head pointed up compared with 22,270 deg s −1 when it pointed down.

Synchrony of hind leg movements

The two hind legs moved in parallel planes on either side of the body and their only point of contact was between the medial edges of the coxae, which did not appear to rotate about the thorax. To propel a jump, both hind legs normally started to move together or within 0.2 ms (1 frame of the video) of each other. In some jumps, however, the movements of the hind legs were less closely synchronised. Four examples of the types and time courses of asynchrony in jumping by Psylla are illustrated (Figs 8, 9). In the first example (Fig. 8A), both hind legs began in contact with the ground but at −1.6 ms before take-off, the left hind leg began to move although the right hind leg did not. The trochanteral depression of the left, but not the right, hind leg is shown in frame −1.0 ms before take-off (Fig. 8A). This resulted in the left hind leg progressively raising the body from the ground, so that the right hind leg also lost contact with it, although it had not moved actively. Then, at 0.8 ms before the jump, the right hind leg was suddenly and rapidly depressed so that its tarsus regained contact with the ground. In the last 0.2 ms before take-off, the insect was therefore propelled by both hind legs, which reached the same angles of trochanteral depression and femoro-tibial extension at take-off. In the second example (Fig. 8B), the left hind leg again moved first and raised the body so that the right hind leg was lifted from the ground. This time, when the right hind leg began to move at −0.8 ms, it immediately depressed and extended almost fully, and thus only the left hind leg contributed thrust during the last 0.2 ms before take-off. In the third example (Fig. 8C), the left hind leg was the first to move at −1.8 ms and it then depressed the trochanter and extended the tibia fully in 0.4 ms. Only then did the right hind leg begin to depress, and its movements alone for the next 1.4 ms provided the thrust for the jump. In the fourth and final example (Fig. 9A,B), both hind legs started to depress at the same time, but while the left hind leg continued to depress and extend fully, further depression of the right hind leg was delayed for 0.6 ms. For the last 0.8 ms of the acceleration period, this jump was propelled by the action of a single hind leg.

In jumps such as these with such asynchronous movements of the hind legs, there were no significant differences in the take-off angles of the body or the rate of pitch rotation compared with jumps with more synchronous movements. Moreover, there was no rotation in the yaw plane, and rotation in the roll plane was not apparent. These results therefore indicate that jumping performance of Psylla is resilient to asynchronies of 0.4–1.0 ms, or 24–59% of the acceleration period.


Where do you find springtails

Outdoors, springtails can be found feeding on fungi, pollen, algae or decaying organic matter. You can find lots of springtails in mulch .

When springtails are found close to the home in high moisture conditions, they may eventually move indoors. In dry outdoor conditions, springtails may move inside to look for moisture.

Indoors

  • Find springtails in areas of high moisture and condensation (around plumbing leaks in bathrooms, basements and kitchens).
  • Springtails are commonly found in the soil of overwatered houseplants.
  • They prefer soil that is excessively damp or soil mixes that contain a high percentage of peat.

Springtails in winter

Snowflea (Hypogastruna nivicola) is a springtail species that is active during winter and seen on snow.

Snowfleas are harmless springtails that become active as soon as the ground begins to thaw in late winter or very early spring.

They are generally found in groups and their dark colored bodies are easily noticed against white snow.


Help identifying tiny jumping bug - Biology

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3. Gross Anatomy

The insect’s body is divided into three functional regions (tagmata): head, thorax, and abdomen. Appendages of the head include the mouthparts and the antennae. Appendages of the thorax include the legs and the wings.

4. Anatomy of the Head

Find each part of the grasshopper’s head listed in your lab printout. Change the view to see the head from different angles. Click on “ZOOM” for a closeup of each structure. Label the diagrams in your lab printout.

5. Types of Antennae

The antennae of insects are modified in many ways. Some of these modifications just provide greater surface area for sensory receptors, while others are unique adaptations that bestow special sensory capabilities, such as detecting sound vibrations, wind speed, or humidity.

You should be able to recognize and distinguish each of the following antennal types.

6. Comparative Mouthparts

All “primitive” insects, such as the grasshopper, have mouthparts adapted for grinding, chewing, or crushing solid food. Some of today’s more “advanced” insects, however, have become adapted for ingesting liquid food. They feed in various ways: probing/sipping, sponging/lapping, piercing/sucking, etc. But regardless of function, all mouthparts are constructed from the same five building blocks: labrum, mandibles, maxillae, labium, and hypopharynx. Visit the Mouthparts page in BugBytes to learn about the differences between mandibulate and haustellate mouthparts. Then launch the Mouthparts Tutorial (click below) to view an interactive lesson that allows you to compare a grasshopper’s mouthparts with those of a ground beetle, dragonfly naiad, honey bee, true bug, mosquito, blow fly, and moth.


Questions & Answers

Question: I see these gnats everywhere. I have a lot of houseplants. They’re on my clothes itching me, and they bite. We’re getting mosquito type bites, and they bite hard. What if they are not Fungus Gnats?

Answer: The description of the bugs in your home sound like they could likely be something other than Fungus Gnats. It would be best to contact pest control to identify & exterminate whatever pest it is that you have especially if they are biting.

Question: Do fungus Gnats bite? I&aposm not sure if that&aposs what we have but it sounds like it. They&aposre terribly annoying and they leave bites that look like mosquito bites.

Answer: Fungus Gnats do not bite.

Question: How can I keep gnats from coming into my home? I have no indoor plants, but gnats are in my home. I have a large mango tree at the back that constantly sheds leaves. Also, my neighbors have tons of outdoor plants.

Answer: Fungus gnats will only reside where there is a food source, so there is either something inside of your home or in close enough proximity to it that makes it attractive for them to stick around. My expertise lies in the presence of gnats that reside in houseplants themselves, however, the attraction to moist, decaying, organic material would be the key whether they are associated with the houseplants or something else.

Question: Will a urine soaked sofa attract Fungus Gnats?

Answer: It is entirely possible that urine soaked furniture could be a breeding ground for Fungus Gnats, among a whole host of other bacteria, pests, and unsavory things.

Question: What do I do if there are fungus gnats in my car?

Answer: There is likely something stagnant and moist in your car. Find the source of it then get rid of it.

Question: Do fungus gnats also like things like cat litter? I have noticed tiny flying insects, and they are getting worse. I&aposve noticed them around the cat litter waste as well as around fruit.

Answer: Moist, decaying organic material is the draw for fungus gnats. It is entirely possible that cat litter waste would fall into that category.

Question: I just moved into an apartment, and it had a lot of the tiny black fly-looking bugs everywhere. I don&apost have plants or leave fruit out. How do I get rid of them?

Answer: The first step to getting rid of fungus gnats is to identify what they are living and feeding on. Look for moist organic material. If no plants are present, they could be coming from other places: drains, a crawl space, under the sink or fridge, etc. Once the source has been identified steps should be taken to remove the food and incubation source.

Question: Are these bugs also attracted to light? I thought we had fleas. Keep finding little black bugs appearing to hop however they also fly, we don&apost have any bites, and they are mostly near my house plants, and also I am finding them in the bathtub and bathroom sink. I want them gone.

Answer: I have not noticed Fungus Gnats to be attracted to light. Moisture/humidity is the big draw for them, so they are commonly found around sink drains, and human faces in addition to houseplants.

Question: Can you have Fungus Gnats in your house even if you don’t have plants?

Answer: Yes.

Question: I received a mass palm plant for Christmas. It was doing fine until a month or so ago when the leaves started turning brown and yellow and dying. I would water it, and the water would run off into the tray I have at the bottom. Now I have noticed a white substance on many of the leaves, and the leaves are turning sticky. Can you help me?

Answer: I think your plant is a Dracaena Mass Cane. The problem you are describing sounds like Mealy Bug. Mealy Bug will look almost like white lint to most people the sticky substance would be the “Honey Dew” created by the Mealy Bug, this is excrement from the bugs. The bugs will likely be found concentrated in the foliage crowns the crowns will probably need to be cut out to begin treating the plant. The Mealy Bug, and its Honey Dew will need to be wiped clean off of the plant frequently to control the pest problem.

Question: My carpet was recently drenched in outside water, they got the water up, but the carpet still smells moldy. Could that cause Fungus Gnats?

Answer: Residual moisture on material creating a potential for bacteria or mold growth can definitely create a probable habitat for Fungus Gnats.

Question: We are in an office/warehouse. There are no plants, but we have had a few leaks from the roof. could it be from there the fungus gnats are coming from?

Answer: If there is a persistent condition of moist material like wood, soil, leaves, paper, etc. associated with the roof leak, that could very well be the place your gnats originated.

Question: I have a huge ficus plant and don&apost want to throw it away, what should I do?

Answer: Water appropriately, provide good light, keep the plant clean, prune as needed, and treat pest problems as they arise.

Question: Do Fungus Gnats ever live in dumpsters?

Answer: Fungus Gnats can live & breed in rotting organic material found in dumpsters.

Question: Could a wet basement cause Fungus Gnats?

Answer: Yes, moisture in a basement could create conditions that would support Fungus Gnats.

Question: Can fungus gnats be in purchased soil?

Answer: Yes, potting soil can contain fungus gnats. Fungus gnats are very common in soils that have a lot of wood chips, are designated for outdoor use, or contain compost.

Question: Do fungus gnats start as little webs on your plants with tiny dots?

Answer: An infestation of late stage Spider Mite would be the pest that would appear as webbing with &apossmall dots&apos, which are the mites themselves. Fungus gnats are tiny winged bugs.

Question: I want to know if there is a mix I can make to get rid of fungus gnats from a dogwood tree?

Answer: If gnats are present around a dogwood tree, they would be in moist soil, or organic material around the shrub. The problem would need to be resolved by correcting the moisture/rotting organic material surrounding the plant. If you do wish to use a chemical, Gnatrol is a chemical often used to control gnats for interior plants. It is possible that this could be used in an exterior setting. Read the manufacturers recommended use to be sure.

Question: If one is continuously bitten by Fungus Gnats, what should they do?

Answer: If you are being bitten by a flying pest in your home it is unlikely that it is a Fungus Gnat, they are too small to bite into human skin. Contact a pest control professional to identify, and treat whatever may be infesting your home.

Question: We have a composting toilet, and after a year of being Fungus Gnat free, we now have an infestation. How do I prevent the critters from returning after clearing them out?

Answer: Because by nature "composting" is the decomposition of organic material, it is only natural that Fungus Gnats would gravitate to this environment.

Question: Once the plant has been removed how long will it take to get rid of them?

Answer: When the offending plant has been removed you should start to see a dramatic difference in 1-2 days. If the problem persists beyond that the gnats may have taken up residence in another plant in your home.

Question: Mine are larger than fruit flies and I can&apost find them in plants, are they really fungus gnats?

Answer: If the insects in your home are larger than Fruit Flies, and there is no sign of plant infestation, then you must have an issue that is not due to Fungus Gnats. It may be best to consult a pest control specialist to identify the offending bug in your home, & treat it accordingly.

Question: I saw that small fly type bug on my organic celery should I throw away?

Answer: You should be OK just to wash it thoroughly and consume it. Your celery probably won’t be around long enough to present a long term problem.

Question: Fungus Gnats are laying eggs in the top of my trash can lid and other plastic items. The inside of my trash can is covered with eggs. How do I stop this?

Answer: This behavior does not sound characteristic to Fungus Gnats, I think that something else may be living about your garbage can. It may be best to contact pest control.

Question: We&aposre in an office with minimal plants and fungus gnats are all over. Where could they come from? Are they dangerous?

Answer: Fungus Gnats are not dangerous they are however incredibly irritating. It does not take much to produce a substantial Fungus Gnat population. If the plants in your office have been inspected for organic material like dead leaves and bark, standing water causing root rot, or any other moist rotting material in the soil surface or in the liner and the source cannot be located it would be good to check garbage disposals, look for leaks or spills in kitchens, garbage can, etc to see if they may be the cause of the issue.

Question: Are Money Trees susceptible to fungus gnats?

Answer: Yes, most plants have the potential to contract fungus gnats since they originate in the soil.

Question: I have an inch of sand on all my potted plants, and still have gnats in my eyes and nose. What should I do next?

Answer: Try checking under the plants for dead leaves or roots in pot liner or under the plants. Organic material that has fallen into pot liners is among one of the most common sources of Fungus Gnats found in indoor houseplants.

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Phorid Flies

Often confused with fruit flies, phorid flies sport a unique "hump-backed" appearance. Another unique characteristic is that they tend to run before they fly. They&rsquore also more likely to live in moist soil. In fact, phorid flies are remarkable burrowers and can dig up to six feet underground in foraging for their preferred environment. That means that any organic material (especially backed-up sewage) that accumulates in your drains can become a potential phorid fly breeding site. Therefore, you definitely don't want these unsanitary flies in your home.


How to Catch and Care for a Jumping Spider

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Spiders have earned a bad reputation for being creepy and crawly. But they can actually make really fun and interesting pets. The jumping spider is a good bet. It is not considered dangerous, and it can entertain you with its spectacular hopping skills. Although it can be a fun challenge to hunt and catch this spider, it's important to remember that you're removing the spider from its natural habitat and that this might not be the morally correct thing to do. If you do decide to hunt for a jumping spider in your yard or a nearby park, provide a safe and enjoyable environment for it. Try keeping the spider for only a short time before you release it back into the wild.


Daring Jumping Spider Facts & Information

What do they look like?

The daring jumping spider, also known as the bold jumping spider, has a distinctive black or dark-gray hairy abdomen.

  • Spots: Most members of this species have three white spots on their abdomen, but in some species the spots may be red or orange.
  • Size: The adult female is about 3/8 to ¾ inch long, and the adult male is about ¼ to ½ inch long.
  • Hair: Tufts of hair over the male spider’s eyes give them the appearance of having “eyebrows”.
  • Legs: Daring jumping spiders have eight legs with bands of white spaced up and down the legs
  • Eyes: eight eyes (the center two are very large and prominent)
  • Mouth: mouthparts that are iridescent blue or green in color

How Did I Get Daring Jumping Spiders?

Like other arachnids, daring jumping spiders, also known as bold jumping spiders enter homes in search of protection, warmth and food. Though they prefer to live outside in barns and sheds, these pests occasionally find their way indoors. Loose-fitting screens and gaps around doors or windows are common access points. Their natural habitats include grasslands, gardens and open wooded areas.

How Serious Are Daring Jumping Spiders?

Daring jumping spiders are non-aggressive, do not pose any serious danger to humans, but may bite in self-defense. Bites typically result in slight pain and small, itchy bumps on the skin that heals quickly. However, the spiders appearance, their quick movements, and their ability to jump may be unsettling.

How Can I Get Rid of Them?

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Signs Of A Daring Jumping Spider Infestation

The most obvious evidence of daring jumping spiders is their appearance during daylight hours when they are most likely to be seen hunting and seeing them in their sheltered locations.

Behavior, Diet & Habit

Daring jumping spiders may bite humans in self-defense. Their daytime hunting habits help reduce the number of human bite cases. If bitten, symptoms usually involve slight pain, itching and local reactions such as red bumps that last from 1-2 days.

What do they eat?

The daring jumping spider eats a range of insects and other spiders, and these spiders are known prey for dragonflies, birds and lizards.

Like most species of the jumping spider group, daring jumping spiders are solitary hunters who are active during the day. Jumping spiders have extremely good vision, a characteristic useful for observing both prey and predators.

Distribution

The daring jumping spider is one of the most common species found in North America. Phidippus audax is generally found in North America. Distribution ranges from southeastern Canada to British Columbia and as far south as northern Mexico to Florida.

Where do they live?

The daring jumping spiders are very diverse and are frequently seen in urban, suburban and agricultural habitats. Their natural habitats include grasslands, prairies old fields backyards, gardens and open woodlands. This species will enter homes and outdoor structures, but isn’t as likely to be seen in a home as it is in barns, storage sheds, on tree trunks and under limbs or ground litter.

These spiders do not build webs to catch prey, but they do build protective webs.

Reproduction & Life Cycle

Daring jumping spiders reach maturation in the springtime, and mating begins around late spring or early summer. Reproductive females will produce as many as eight eggs sacs per year with each egg sac containing from 30-170 eggs. The spiders living in the warmer portions of their distribution range usually live longer and produce more offspring.

Prevention Tips

Prevention of daring jumping spiders begins with making sure the population of insects that serves as food for the spiders is kept to a minimum and that holes, cracks and gaps in the home’s doors, windows and foundation are properly sealed to prevent entrance into the home’s living space. In addition, removing ground litter that serves as harborage for spiders is also helpful. Should the homeowner need assistance in control of these or any other spider, contact your pest management professional and request an inspection. Your pest management professional can then use his inspection findings to prepare a comprehensive pest management plan that will effectively and efficiently deal with the specific pest problem.


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