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Small black bugs
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QUESTION: The outside of our house has been invaded by these small black round bugs and we're trying to figure out what they might be.

ANSWER: Rick,

I can't see enough detail in this image to id. Can you get a a photo that is focussed? Perhaps take the bugs out of the bag. Also, check if your camera has a "macro" mode so you can focus closer.

Jack DeAngelis


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QUESTION: Another picture

ANSWER: I don't see a new photo???


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Small black crawling bugs
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QUESTION: I'm sending second picture

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This is an immature hemipteran (Hemiptera), or true bug. There are many species most feed on plants. I suspect that these are developing on plants growing next to the house. They are harmless and can be simply washed off the siding with ordinary soapy water if necessary.

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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