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Recently I've been waking up with bug bites but after a thorough search i could not find any bed bugs. I set up a plate with water and set a light on it, It's important to note that the bug would have to jump to get into the plate. A few of these showed up, this one in the picture was the biggest and the bug in comparison is very, very tiny, maybe about 1 mm.


The creature in the image appears to be a springtail.  They are no longer classified as insects.  Here's more about them:

They are not uncommon indoors, especially in humid conditions, but they are totally harmless and do not bite.

Springtails are most often found in sinks, showers, tubs, basins, and other areas with constant moisture.  You can only kill them by drying them to death.  Consider a dehumidifier in rooms where you see them.  You can also sprinkle a thin layer of diatomaceous earth (DE), as that product scratches the cuticle of the critter and dehydrates it.  Careful, though, if you have curious pets or toddlers.  DE is essentially pulverized glass.

I'd just let them be if there is only a small population, as they are at most a nuisance.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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