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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Tiny Black Insects on kitchen counter and in kitchen sink


Dorothy Roper wrote at 2014-06-05 15:08:28
I have seen what I think is the same black insect... and I know where some of mine came from.  I got the morning paper (which was in a plastic bag) and put it on the kitchen table.  I started opening the paper and a tiny black bug flew out.  It happened again a week later -- so I don't know where the mail carrier got it but mine came in the paper.  They are very fast .. but I spray around the cabinets where the refrigerator has water pipes coming in - trying to keep roaches out.  And the roach spray appears to have slowed these new bugs down a little - I was able to catch it in my hand.

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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