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Mystery Bug
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I have these little brown bugs in my house -- very
Small and do not jump. I keep finding them all over!!
I thought I noticed them on the concrete wall outside my house
In the beginning of the summer-/ not sure if they were the same. Found on the floor
Kitchen on a book -- pretty much anywhere.

Dear Nicole - They are springtails, primitive arthropods in the order Collembola. In spite of their common name, not all of them jump! They basically are nuisance pests, feeding on bits of decomposing organic matter. They require abundant moisture/high humidity in order to thrive indoors, so eliminating unnecessary sources of moisture (leaky/dripping pipes, taps, etc.) and lowering indoor humidity as much as practical should keep their numbers to an acceptable minimum.

Hope this helps,

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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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