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kah2015
Aug 1, 2017 11:52 PM CST
I know it isn't gardening or flower related, but need to find out what these little black bugs are! They are super small, I can only see them when I really try to find them. They are black, mostly found in my bathroom. I've sprayed in my bathroom and around my house and cannot get rid of them. They are starting to make their way to my bedroom also, and I have sprayed in there too.

Thanks in advance!!

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I should add again- They are extremely tiny, BLACK bugs. I'm sure I can get better/more pictures if needed.



UPDATE: Attached is more images. I included a picture of a bug next to a magazine and some more clear images.

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krobra
Aug 2, 2017 12:09 AM CST
kind of hard to tell , but i'm guessing / thinking - silverfish
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kah2015
Aug 2, 2017 12:11 AM CST
krobra said:kind of hard to tell , but i'm guessing / thinking - silverfish


Any idea how to get rid of them?? I've tried spraying in my bathroom and have had the outside of my house professionally done and it is not working at all.
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krobra
Aug 2, 2017 12:47 AM CST
no , I never had to deal with many myself , if that is even what they are , just squished one or two over the years.

you could try googling silverfish , see if you agree that is what you have first , and then find a good webpage about getting rid of them

like this one maybe

https://www.getridofthings.com...


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kah2015
Aug 2, 2017 12:49 AM CST
krobra said:no , I never had to deal with many myself , if that is even what they are , just squished one or two over the years.

you could try googling silverfish , see if you agree that is what you have first , and then find a good webpage about getting rid of them

like this one maybw



I'm gonna go ahead and say that isn't what it is. They are very, very small and are black.

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Zencat
Aug 2, 2017 6:20 AM CST
Can you get any clearer pictures?
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Zencat
Aug 2, 2017 6:23 AM CST
Hard to tell for sure but compare it to carpet or mealworm beetles.
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Philipwonel
Aug 2, 2017 6:53 AM CST
If they fly. They are drain flies/gnats. Google how to get rid of them.
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sooby
Aug 2, 2017 9:53 AM CST
Without a clearer picture it's difficult to identify them. I think your best bet is to capture a couple and take them to your local Extension Office if you have one close enough.
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 2, 2017 10:03 AM CST
In the meantime, give up on the spray and get some Diatomaceous Earth and a puffer bottle to spread it around. It will kill the bugs without poisoning you in the process. Puff it around all your windows and doors outside, then inside wherever you see the bugs crawling.
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Archivesgirl
Aug 2, 2017 10:06 AM CST
A clearer photo would be better and if you can, put a dime or something in the photo for perspective. Otherwise, taking it to your county extension office is probably the best.

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kah2015
Aug 3, 2017 1:23 AM CST
I attached a picture of the bug next to a magazine for size reference and more clear images. They are tiny black bugs, don't fly, don't bite (that I know of).

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Yardenman
Aug 3, 2017 1:32 AM CST
kah2015 said:I attached a picture of the bug next to a magazine for size reference and more clear images. They are tiny black bugs, don't fly, don't bite (that I know of).


If it looks like this, it is a weevil.
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The used to be a problem in the South US getting into flour and cornstarch.

Sealed containers pretty much eliminated them from homes, but maybe people are becoming less careful since they are not much in their experience. I keep almost everything dry and starchy in sealed containers.

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pphanfx
Aug 3, 2017 1:54 AM CST
You came to a good place for IDs.. We just can't see it clearly. Eyes, thorax, abdomen, wings, leg features need to be visible.

Found only in bathroom.. hmmm. coming in through drains, pipes, AC vent? Open window? Can you narrow it down to at least beetle vs. wasp vs. fly?

Got a magnifying glass? See if you can shoot through the glass for us - THEN someone would probably know.
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Archivesgirl
Aug 3, 2017 5:49 AM CST
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and think about the possibility of Springtails. I don't know if that is your bug for sure. I would recommend uploading your photos to your extension service and see what they can tell you.

In the meantime, here's a link to the Springtail. Do you have areas of moisture besides the bathroom? Do you have potted plants that are damp?

https://www.extension.umn.edu/...

For extension services in your area:
https://www.google.com/search?...

Good luck with this and let us know what you find out or if we can help you further Smiling

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