Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Fleas in bathtub


syben wrote at 2015-02-07 19:21:40
We have had the same problem shown above. The key word to responding an added comment is because the word "possum" came up in Saugard answer.

We had possum problems directly under our bathtub from a large hole in the outside wall. The problem was taken care of by pest control and the hole sealed. A week later the "flea" problem occurred in the bathtub. Possible similarity is "springtail" infestation. They mimic the appearance and movement of fleas. Insecticide only made them swim faster. In a chorus they yelled out spray more!

Hot water and bleach works just fine . . .

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Ed Saugstad


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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