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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Can u help me with identifying a bug please?


What is this???
What is this???  

What is this??
What is this??  
I have been suffering for about a year now from what I believe is a bug infestation to the point it's affecting my health & skin. I have taken pictures of these insects that are everywhere on the outside and inside of my home. I have called numerous exterminators &  have seen numerous doctors and cannot seem to get rid of them or find an answer to what is going on with my skin and why I feel like i have some sort of bug that has somehow gotten into my body. I have pictures and am hoping maybe you could help me figure out what it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated I am at my wits end. Thank you, Shannon

Hello Shannon,

Thanks for your question and the photos. I am sorry to hear about your situation! I can tell you some things about the critter in the photos.

You have springtails (Collembola). You can read more about them here: They do not bite humans, however, so I am wondering if perhaps you also have something else in your home that is doing to biting.

There is a similar looking thing called a thrip that can bite humans. These are not dangerous. It is also possible you have fleas. I am not sure what you meant when you said you feel they have gotten into your body, but perhaps you are having a skin reaction/allergy to some of these. If you would like to have me look at more photos, please attach them to a follow-up question.

I hope this helps.


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Jessica Mellinger


I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.


I was involved in collection and identification of invertebrates for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of since 2009.

Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, Davis Field Station; University of California, Davis Aggie Alumni Association; UC Davis Center for Neuroscience; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.

Awards and Honors
Special Thanks for Achieving Results award from the Department of the Interior

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