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I was finally able to grab 1 of these little critters. They are in my bathroom it seems, and will crawl on my legs and feet when I'm using the toilet. I did squish one, and it was a brown/dark red color. I do have 2 dogs and 2 cats, along with a husband and child (who have not noticed them). They don't look like a flea (in my non-expert opinion).  I do also have a picture from a little further away, if you need it. Thank you.

Dear Darcy - This is a thrips, an insect in the order Thysanoptera. Most of these are plant feeders (some being damaging garden pests) while a few species are predators on other small insects. Their occurrence indoors is strictly accidental. See for more detailed information.
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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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