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I live in Manitoba, Canada. I recently moved to a new apartment. I have found about ten of these little bugs in the last week or so. The first one I found in the bathroom and since then I've been funding them in the kitchen area. They are very small no more than 2 millimeters. They're a dark brownish color. I've searched all kinds of images in the web and haven't been able to find one the same. My fear was that it was a small cockroach, but they just don't look anything like the pictures I've seen. Any help you can give would be great. Thanks!

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Rita,

This looks like a springtail, not a small cockroach. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/springtails.html for a close-up picture. These tiny insects are harmless but often enter homes when it is either very dry or very wet outside. No treatment is needed.

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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 such as aphids and spider mites, insects that bite and sting such as ticks and wasps, 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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Ph.D. in Entomology (the study of insects)

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