Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Unknown black bug

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QUESTION: I have these on all our window seals and was wondering what they are.

ANSWER: Shanda,

Can you get closer, I can't see much detail in the photo? Also, is this inside or outside the house?

Jack DeAngelis


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QUESTION: They are inside

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These are called clover mites (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/clover_mite.html for another picture and info about these mites). They often enter homes in the spring from plants growing next to the house. They are harmless and can be managed by trimming the plants growing against the house. These plants can also be treated with insecticidal soap (http://www.livingwithbugs.com/insecticidal_soap.html).

Jack DeAngelis

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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