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Mites?
Mites?  

tiny
tiny  
I have been living in this house for over a year and recently notice tiny mite like bugs all over the bathroom sink, they are no where else around the house except for the bathroom. The sink is covered with them.

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Hi Ethan
I cannot see any detail but insects in large numbers around sinks are usually Collembola or springtails. Springtails jump so if they jump they are collembola. If not they are the size of spider mites.  Wipe them up and be sure things are very dry. Collembola thrive in moist conditions. I they are mites and come back you will have to find out the source. Are there any on the bathroom window sill?

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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