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Hello. I just went to take a sip of water from a glass sitting on my nightstand and there were several tiny bugs all over the rim of my glass! I am so glad I noticed them in time.  My glass was a dark color so the were very visible. I looked around and noticed they were everywhere...I am guessing 50 of them.  Since I had a vase of flowers that were ready to be throw away sitting on the same nightstand, I am guessing that the flowers or flower water had something to do with these bugs.  The bugs were very tiny (I'm guessing the head of a pin) and they seemed to vary in color a bit since some looked reddish and the others more of a tan color. I've cleaned them all up and have used a million cleaners on my nightstand. I would like to know what they are and any other information you think I should have.  Thank you!!  Laura from Los Gatos, CA

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Laura:

I wasn't going to answer this question until you mentioned that there were flowers on your nightstand.

Flowers are a popular destination for small insects called thrips (singluar and plural).  Thrips feed on sap from flower petals and leaves.  If your flowers were going downhill, these insects may have been looking for moisture.

For more information, do a search for "thrips" and see what you find.  

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Nathan Riggs

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I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

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22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Publications
Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

Education/Credentials
BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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