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infestation of little black bugs

nuevomex1
14 years ago

About a month ago I noticed a few tiny (about the size of a whole pepper grain...the kind you use in a pepper mill). They have a hard shell. They are primarily in the window sills but seem to gravitate to the kitchen sink. Sometimes (twice, I think) I have seen them flying, but usually they are dead. We have no idea where they are coming from. They just appear. Probably the window but don't see them come in. Any ideas? Thanks

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  • mccampbell60_hotmail_com
    9 years ago

    We had what sounds like the same bug, usually on our stove, which is under a window. We moved the stove away from the wall and they were all over, and lots of webbing was there - even what looked like small egg sacs of the type spiders have. We vacuumed and used insecticidal soap to wash things down before putting the stove back in place. Even though they haven't caused a problem, it was disgusting to see that we apparently were breeding them. I hope that they are gone now!

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  • Rio Yamazaki
    2 years ago
    last modified: 2 years ago


    First hand experience with the tiny black bug that looked like termite but very small. First noticed it when i moved to my new apartment. Didnt noticed it at first because it were so tiny. when i looked very hard then it was clear as day. Thousands of them on my wall, ceiling, bedroom,kitchen,bathroom. Must look very hard before you can see it but once you noticed it, you will get addicted in killing it. And believed me, you better act fast before it turn on you. I spend 3 months trying to wipe out the whole population, numbering in millions i think - using vacuum, insect spray, bleach, broom, menthol oil and many other method only to find them getting smarter with each new generation that came after i killed most of the old one. From tiny black coloured that move slowly to more transparent in colour before became invinsible altogether. The latest generation that cannot be seen with naked eye@invinsible even it were moving on any white surface is the most troubling scenario but not as lethal as it ancestor whereas i lose sleep for almost a month, became trauma to even step inside my own bedroom. And trust me, this little annoying fuckers do BITE. And it was NASTY when it attacked to your skin. Even just a touch from this bugs can cause serious damage to the skin. My whole body from leg to my arm was full with the bite mark. The itchiness was unbearable before leaving a hole where it bite or landed. My doctor had to issued a painkiller that usually given to patient that suffered from acid burn just to reduced the pain and itchness. After the first initial attack on my body, i sworn vengeance. I studied the damn bugs closely to find answer in ways of defeating them. When the first time i was attacked, i didnt know what was happening. I woke up in the morning with swollen skin all over and terribly itchy. I thought i was having skin problems but after consulting various medical profesional, the answer remain the same - either i was bitten by bedbugs or mosquito or even i was on the early stage of psoriasis but i didnt buy it. One thing i am sure was, during my sleep i can feel like something brushing my leg or arm - like an insect flying pass or ant crawling feeling. When i turn on the light there was nothing so i would just go back to sleep only finding out in the morning i had small swollen skin that itchy with a tiny puncture mark. I quickly suspect the bugs that i saw moving around on my ceiling which i purposely let it alone all this time. A few nights later, i went to bed, switch off the lights and lay down, waiting. After 30 minutes i can feel the tingling sensation on my leg - (i never use blanket) as if something was brushing lightly on my leg. Few seconds later the stinging pain and tremendous itchiness on my leg. I jump up, switch on the light and start looking. I found 3 tiny bugs on the floor hurrying away towards the opening underneath my wardrobe. I squished it all with my fingers. When you killed it with your fingers- since the bugs were so tiny, it caused black splotch marks instead of bloody red. If you choose to terminate it by fingers while it moved on your wall then soon your entire wall would have the black marks, dirtying the walls. And it doesnt came off easy. I killed hundreds that moved around and my entire apartment walls and ceiling became incredibly filthy with all the blacken residue. I inspect closely on my walls, there was evidence of tiny holes everywhere i looked. This bugs were drilling holes everywhere it went. That why this bugs were on the walls and ceiling. It were not living on our walls but instead it were drilling into our walls so it can live and lay eggs on it. Thats explain the excruating pain when it bite on our skin as if being scalded by acid. This bugs were equiped with acidic saliva or something that can even burned through cement walls. Now i still fought with this evil bugs daily- a year since. I managed to terminate around 90% of this fierce tiny bugs. I had repaint my apartment, chemical spray whole place but still new batch keep coming. And it can became smarter believe me. Now the newest bugs that exist were those survive from the holes that were dug by earlier bugs and it were super clever. It can turned invincible because it knows it were being hunted. Nowadays i also became more equiped in hunting them. I make myself a fire torch that i tied to a selfie stick that can collapse into short or long stick so i can burn this bugs no matter how high it hide. Invincible or not, it all burned. Vengeance almost serve. Beware- the bugs that were on your ceiling will come down and prey on you while you are asleep. Imagine this - it were moving on top of you, on your side, on your bed and pillow without you knowing. Some might fall from the ceiling landing on your face and some might creep into your body cavities like ears and nose. During my assault on this bugs, i found some of it will throw/hurl itself towards me, landing on my hair and neck before trying to creep into the ears. I covered my head with industrial helmet with face cover and wears white coveralls when i am on my routine bugs bust. Try it and you will find lots of it landed on your helmet or coveralls. Remember that if it touches your bare skin especially behind the neck area, the itchiness would be tremendous. Followed by sharp pain before become swollen. Quickly rinse with water. Do not scratch. Once scratch, you can never stop until your skin bloodied and break. I found that using chemical cant stop this bugs. Only fire can killed it completely. Do not use lighter, the heat will make your walls or ceiling blackish.


    -the holes dug by the bugs to lay egg-

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  • HU-198634590
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    Hi! Can anyone tell what these tiny bug are? They are all over the concrete and lower part of our house outside. They seem harmless, but there are thousands of them. They don’t fly and move pretty fast. Thoughts? We live on Denver if that helps. TIA!!
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    Can anyone tell me what this bug is? I just found it on my pillow. I've been waking up with bites on my face, neck and scalp for weeks now. I tore apart my bed looking for bedbugs and found none. Then I moved to the couch and after a two week break, the bites are back. Now I find this! I messed with it for awhile trying to get a good pic and it didn't fly.

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  • HU-20748680026
    2 years ago
    last modified: 2 years ago

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  • HU-179842152853674
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    Thrups/thunder flies.

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    I finally get rid of the nasty bugs using blowtorch that i tied to a selfie stick that can be lowered and pulled up. I just plug in the butane gas to the torch then pull the selfie stick make it longer and i just burn the bugs out that hiding on ceiling corner and wall. Cheap and fast and worth it. But had to do it every two days to control the bugs from coming back. After 1 mth of torching the bug - 3 times a week, i found it reduced a lot.almost gone. But when i stop for a week, it came back again and spread very fast. One pest exterminator said that this kind of termite- small black bug is the hardest and resilient. Once it invaded your space then mostly people just torn down the house because it would never go away. Good luck guys.

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    Thrups/thunder flies feast on moulds. The reason they tend to be in abundance on windows and bathrooms is due to the common occurrence of moulds' in these areas.

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  • HU-179842152853674
    last year
    last modified: last year

    Hi,

    The only way we have managed to reduce the numbers by approx. 99.99% is by doing what I advised in my post of 18/7/18. Additionally, we have put insect mesh screens on the windows this year.. This has stopped new ones entertaining our home. Put small containers of disinfectant in the rooms where they are prevalent. It kills them. Wipe down windows and frames with white vinegar, diluted bleach and then disinfectant to kill the moulds that usually grow there (quite often invisible to the naked eye but enough for them to feed on).

    We also sprinkle cinnamon on the soil surface of our houseplants (another place where microscopic moulds thrive). Plus we put little containers of cinnamon in the corners of all the rooms of our home and on top of the door canopies etc. This also seems to keep these and other critters at bay, including moths and spiders. The cinnamon also makes the house smell lovely!

    Another thing we've done is sprinkle baby powder on to the carpets, left for a couple of days and then vacuumed. This also kills a lot of critters including moths, thrups, beetles, and springtails etc.

    its a case of kill the moulds (their food source) and the ones you have indoors already; and then prevent new ones entering by putting mesh on the windows. So far, these measures have worked for us.

  • Audrey
    last year
    last modified: last year

    Hi, I've had these bugs in my home too. I initially thought they were baby roaches, but they are different looking than a roach. They started in our Kitchen area and then migrated into the rest of the house. They multiply very quickly! The best and cheapest way to catch these things I'm sorry to say, is to trap your whole house. I know this sounds strange. We fired our pest control and became our own pest control! Go and buy sticky traps, the white flat glue traps you lay on the floor. They are cheap and they come in a pack. I buy these thngs like mad and put them along the base boards and under the sinks. They work like magic. You will be absolutely surprised what gets caught in them. I've caught so many of these damn bugs as well as spiders, full size roaches, flies, etc. They're fabulous! We hardly ever find bugs running around our house anymore. I hope this helps anyone that reads this. I wish I had done this so much sooner. It would have saved me a lot of grief and worry.

  • Aakriti Sharma
    11 months ago
    last modified: 11 months ago

    Hi Audrey, I’ve faced the same thing in the past few days like you. But these bugs are just in my room crawling over my bed, floor, walls and table.

    My family thought I had gone insane staying awake every night and looking for these bugs and killing them basically everyday. But their number never decreases, they just keep on multiplying everyday. I could basically see the dot sized white ones crawling on my bed and they come out of no where. And nothing seemed to work! Whatever I tried and none of the pesticide companies knew what they were and where they were coming from. And did you get any idea how they breed or in what environment and where? It would really help if you’d let me know. I am definitely going to try the sticky pads and see of they work here or not. Also how and where did you use these sticky pads in the room to attract more of these insects ? Please let me know if you find any permanent solution and the reason why they come into the house.

    And thanks for sharing your entire story and the solution as well. :)

  • A C
    11 months ago
    last modified: 11 months ago

    Hi Aakriti,

    I'm so sorry you're going through this. The bugs I dealt with were mostly black (dot sized and looked like a piece of pepper or coffee grind). The White colored things I'm pretty sure were eggs of some kind. They looked like little balls, were hard as rocks and would be under my bed. These would also continue to multiply daily. I was definitely in a losing battle. I would itch all night long and yes, I thought I was going crazy as well as the Pest Control who couldn't figure out what they were. I had several Pest Control companies come to my home and not one could be certain. It was everything from Roach droppings to fleas to bed bugs. Their numbers will slow dramatically in the Winter time and I wouldn't itch when I was sick (with a cold/flu). This thing would leave me alone during this time. I know this is no consolation due to it being Summertime. You are NOT crazy. They will eventually die within about a year or so. You need to change your bedding a few times a week. Vaccum and dust the room as much as you can. I know this can be time consuming and difficult. I threw out new pillows, bedding, stuffed animals, clothing, etc. It cost me $10,000 which included putting in hard wood flooring and puling up all the carpet in my home.This thing made it's way through a home a little over 1,000 sqare feet in 3 months! It was everywhere. Try to at least contain it to one room. Use the traps around the perimeters (baseboards) of your room. I would also put some underneath your bed. Check underneath your mattress and underneath your boxspring. I found them there as well. They love bedding and can weave themselves into any material. Cover your mattress, boxspring and pillows with bed bug proof covers. You can get them at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They can't get out or in and I know this is probably going to sound crazy-I could actually hear them moving around at night in the zippered cover. If things get really bad for you, like they did me you can use this: Deet bug spray/lotion (entire body and face), Sarna anti-itch lotion (worn at night). If you If you can't get them out of your clothes (they would fall out of my clothes onto the floor-literally), you can use Lysol disinfectant additive (its a product you can add right into your wash). I hope this information helps you. Please let me know how you are doing. Take care.


    Audrey

  • Chelsea Nolan
    9 months ago

    Hi irp425

    That is a springtail.

    They like moisture and they jump.

    I also see other comments some seem to be pantry pests like grain beetles .

    The hard-ish shell oval round bugs are carpet beetles. They are icky but extremely common and nowhere near as bad as bed bugs . They will basically eat anything but they don't seek out blood like bed bugs /fleas/ticks . The larvae of the carpet beetles are tiny little caterpillar shape with spikey hairs. Static can bring these hairs onto clothing and can irritate skin. I never use towels even right out of the dryer bc I seem to always get tiny debris on my skin if I put oil or lotion right after. Im not entirely sure why.

    I have stopped using body oil after bathing because I just don't want to see any black specks that show up . I am not crazy and I am not claiming I am being bit or have anything in my skin. I just accept things as they are.

    I am concerned about teeny tiny black skinny-ish bugs that will jump on my legs while gardening . They really do not look like springtails at all. They are even smaller than springtails. I don't think they bite, but I wish I knew what they were. I thought maybe thrips but I'm not sure.

    I have not heard of thrumps before. I have heard of thunder flies /no see-ums , AKA midges. They are tiny little flies that bite.

    I just wanted to add my input, and hope everyone is doing well.

  • Chelsea Nolan
    9 months ago

    Also I forgot to mention something that has SAVED. ME. FROM. ALL. PESTS.

    DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. It's basically silica, and is made of freshwater phytoplankton crushed fossils. This powder will dessicate bugs AND anthropoids like spidermites.

    It's easier to use more places because it's mechanism of action is mechanical VS toxin.. I don't say "chemical" because EVERYTHING is a chemical. So anyway, I have found diatomaceous earth to be the only thing that works consistently and is safe to put in the house and on pets etc.

    It's very important not to inhale the powder puffs though. This applies to any form of powder not just the DE.

    although I do not ingest it, you will want to get the "food grade" DE. There is a different kind that is used for pool filters; steer clear of that product by getting any kind that is labeled food grade.

    I am NOT affiliated with ANY company in any way shape or form I have zero ulterior motives and nothing to gain. I just want to spread this info, because it truly saved my sanity. I do try to avoid applying it near flowers because I don't want to harm pollinators .

    I encourage anyone to research more and I hope this helps.

  • Simone Ewart
    8 months ago

    Okay, I dealt with these. YES, THEY DO BITE!!! No use going to a doc- they will tell you that you are crazy! I do not know what the @#&* they are BUT I do know what can work to manage them...

    HOUSE: Dichotomous Earth did not help, but borax with baking soda with essential oils ( tea tree and eucalyptus) mixed in did work somewhat, but I also bought a Pet Symphony that vacuums and steams at same time and do daily....Kleen Green natural enzyme spray and spray everywhere.. even you!


    YOU: Flea and tick shampoo only worked for a day or two so not super great, but use NEEM oil with a few drops of essential oils of cedar, clove, and orange works well before bed nightly to avoid the painful bites and reduce bite marks. Also put some essential oil in hair. Take apple cider vinegar pills and garlic (one clove raw) for a week before bed. Change bedding daily. If you can afford, but a parasite blood zapper. Finally you might get a good night sleep!


    PETS: My cat also had these friggin black pepper things so check your pets. Use neem oil and - put a few drops in ears and around ears and under chin and paws. They like to bite thin membrane so focus there. No essential oils on cat as toxic to them! Use ultrasonic electric flea and tick comb - you will not find anything on comb but later when you clean up and spray the area with paper towel you will see a bunch. Spray cat with colloidal silver after combing. Get your pets some good antioxidant food until better to help boost their immune system


    What I can tell you- is not scabies because scabies treatment (even from doc) does not work and you do not see them, nor does Nix (lice treatment). Moreover, you do not feel scabies move or bite, nor lice bite. Is not traditional fleas because do not find any and these do not fit pattern and cat is on Revolution. These bury or burrow under skin- seen on both cat and me, which typical fleas do not do. That makes me think is either chiggers, sand fleas, bird/rodent mites, or seed tics, chewing/sucking lice nymphs from livestock, Demodex mite from cat, or some unknown crap thing! They seem to sometimes appear out of thin air which is puzzling! So still no conclusion- sorry! There are more than 250 species of mites that can cause problems for humans and domestic animals etc so check your house for bird and rodent nests. Lastly, do not give up and despair because docs and vets are clueless in my experience! It will seem hopeless at times, but you will need to be your own advocate.


    Try to figure out: A month before started did you visit a beach, woods/grass, touch livestock? Did your cat kill any rodents? Eat any food that was outside ( picnic) that flies were around? Anyone travel abroad that you visited or did you?


  • Simone Ewart
    8 months ago

    ps after checking from this post- could be thrips..adding to list ..ugh


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    4 months ago

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  • Ashley Rullo
    4 months ago

    Do you guys know if move-in helps? I have an eight-month-old that this is really affecting

  • Audrey
    4 months ago

    Hi Ashley, I'm sorry to hear that your having an issue-especially when it affects a child. :( I'm not sure what move-in is? If you can tell me a bit more about your situation, I will try to do my best to help.

  • Ashley Rullo
    4 months ago

    I’m sorry Audrey I was using talk to text. Moving I meant. We just moved into this apartment in two weeks into it this started. The doctors pretty much told me that I was crazy and I am pretty sure they were considering calling the state on me. The samples are out to the lab.But I’m pretty sure I know what the results going to be. I even foundA bunch of egg type things in between my sons scrotum and butt He screams every night ts only been a few weeks and I can’t see my son like this any more my symptoms seem a little better however?

  • Audrey
    4 months ago

    Oh, that sounds horrible. Yeah, I would try and keep this as "low key" as possible. I know it's difficult because no one believes you and looks at you like you're crazy. The worst part for me was that I felt crazy from not being able to sleep (sleep deprivation can make anyone crazy). Since you have a child that is going through this, my suggestion is to get him new bedding/a new bed. Wash all his clothes in hot or warm water/hot dryer and use an additive-the best one is sold on Amazon and gets rid of bed bugs and is non-toxic. It's called Bed Bug Dust Mite Eradicator Laundry Treatment. You just add it into the wash with the detergent. This stuff will kill anything bad in your laundry. If something seems heavily infested that you can't wash, stuffed animals, pillows, etc. I would toss them. I threw out a bunch of stuff. (Please do not donate anything or give it to someone else). I even tried to put something that was infested in a freezer bag/in the freezer for a week to kill whatever was, and it still survived! I ended up throwing it out. If you have carpeting, my best suggestion would be to rip it out and replace it with any other kind of flooring that's not carpet. If you cannot afford that, then you should get a professional carpet cleaning-I did this (first) and had no success. :( I hope this helps you and your son. You shouldn't have to move and you're not crazy-just remember that.



  • HU-54983993
    2 months ago

    Hi. new to this but agree with a lot of these posts. Same thing. Look like black specs. In hair, in body hair., on skin and just about everywhere. Did magnify it and saw it look like a little bull of hair (crazy from a speck) but I could see tiny thin legs moving and moving fast. Don’t know if they are springtails or mites or something else. Have pics of beetles too that are that small.


    So if anyone had had any insite please lmk. I have been told I have psoriasis, rosacea and have talked to like I’m crazy. Has been going on for about ten years depending on where I live but back again lately. Same town. different apartment. Could be from others apts too which is why I thought dust mites. First time I got them was in Washington and I was near a nuclear power lane if that rings any bells.


    Thanks!

  • HU-263044861
    2 months ago

    dude, this is no joke. I don’t know what to do. Just like everyone else, I have been told I am crazy. These things bite like crazy. I see them come off of me in the shower every day. had them sent to the lab and no avail. “It’s lint” have flea bombed and sprayed for bed bugs fleas roaches ants etc still, no relief. My skin gets so inflamed and as soon as I think it is healing, boom. More bites. I live in a very mentally abusive home already and this is a nightmare. I want to move somewhere soon, but I am so afraid I might infect someone else or my new home. I would even throw out everything I own, bring nothing with me except washed in scolding hot water and essential oil clothes. I have tried so many things including heat treatment. I do not like living here and my family hates that I am always itching, they think I am on drugs and just see things. Should I throw out everything I own? Shame I have to throw out my one year old fouton that I have barely used due to not even wanting to go in the room. I have not yet tried diatomaceous earth, I just ordered it. It’s so abusive here. I don’t want to infect someone elses house. I haven’t slept in over a year. input Please?

  • HU-54983993
    2 months ago

    I would say try what I did. Tea tree oil and rubbing alcohol with water in spray bottle. On body I use a few different things. Hibiclens or Korres. I think smells bother them especially citrus ones. In hair I use products with tea tree oil. Good luck and if you figure it out please please tell me. My face is a wreck!!! Not a blemish in whole life and now face is all bumps as week as scalp. I think it may have to do with the water or heat. They dug up water system recently but also people have heat on. People need to renovate once in a while. Newer places seem to be ok

  • Ashley Rullo
    2 months ago

    It’s so weird how they look like lint until you magnify them


  • HU-783429489
    2 months ago

    has anyone figured out what these little bugs are? It just started heating up in Los Angeles, and I noticed I felt extreme itchy during the night and would constantly wake up feeling itchy from bites. It’s been about 3 days since I’ve been feeling these little bastards. Once I noticed them all over Me and on my pillows, I went ahead and washed all my bedding, sprayed insect/bug killer and the Flea/tick killer all along my bedroom windows (since that is where I noticed a lot of them were coming through) but they’re back today. I noticed just an hour ago that they were all over my fiancé and I, our bed, pillows and curtains. I did read in an earlier post that they may be attracted to mold or if theres a leak in the ac. My tricky situation is that I have a tiny tree whose branches brush up against my window that is right on top of my bed and the AC condenser is also right outside so it’s hard to figure out a cause. I’ve been living at this place for well over 5 years and I’ve never had this problem.

  • HU-783429489
    2 months ago

    So after staying up and researching, I came to the conclusion that they are bird mites. It makes sense considering I’ve recently heard a lot of birds up on the roof that’s above my window. They look identical to some of the tiny bugs some people have posted on here and another forum. They’re tiny, extremely hard to notice unless you’re carefully watching an area for movement, and they bite which causes the itchiness! for those experiencing the sudden infestation, look around to see if there are any birds nests hanging around your house and make sure you don’t have branches nearby that would connect your house to the area where birds or bird nests typically are at your home. They can only survive off bird blood so as long as you clear your house of any birds, nests and bird poop- they’ll stop showing up. In the meantime, I’m going to start clearing the nerd nests, trimming the branches that brush up against my window/home, and washing the inside the Inside of my room along with the wall right outside my bedroom. Will keep you guys updated!

  • HU-939911012
    last month

    hey Hu/263

    man I have same problems that damn tiny black bugs keep bites me over and over it’s Si small cant even see them, they’re fellowing me everywhere I go even a hotel , anh the damn thing only bite me , it’s so small and sharp went thru my clothes , I’m about to go crazy

  • Ashley Rullo
    last month

    Morgellons

  • HonDaPursuit .
    last month

    HU-783429489-I believe we are both on the same shoes. I had a chance to catch 2 and they do jump and really hard to squeeze , like they are slippery.I might buy some Fogger tomorrow and a ultrasonic pest control. they does drive me nuts and can't sleep at night. will give updates.



  • jseeley
    last month
    last modified: last month

    Hi Everyone, At night, I notice these black bugs flying all over close to the ceiling in the same room as where I grow my microgreens. I'm in the northeast. At first, I thought they were attracted to the grow lights and they managed to get though the window screens some how, but I've since closed my windows I'm starting to think they're burrowed in the microgreen soil (cococoir) during the day but how did they get there? During the day, I don't see them. Only until I water microgreens at night (10-11pm) and then they appear out of no where flying near the ceiling and closer to ambient light. (When I water them during the day, I don't see the bugs.) They're easy to catch; I just raise a paper towel to the ceiling or wall where they like to rest and pinch into them...but they're tough and very hard to crush and kill. (I hate killing anything, but I was freaking-out a bit!) The first night, I must have caught 30 of them! They second night, I caught like 15 of them. They just kept appearing out of no where. So I brought my microgreens outside to see if the situation starts to improve. My question is, does anyone know what type of bug this is so I have a chance at knowing where they're coming from and how they got in the house? It seems to be a black beetle but I'm not sure- they have the ridges in the wing area. They're shiny and only like a 3/16 to a 1/4 inch long and a 1/16 of an inch wide. From a distance, in the paper towel, they look like mouse droppings. If I knew what they were, I could start to learn how to get rid of them and continue to grow my microgreens. Maybe the cause is one particular microgreen I'm growing which is sunflower, pea, curled cress and cilantro-- if that matters. Thanks so much!


  • HU-156149887
    last month

    Hey everyone! My family and I have had this problem for the past two years. At first my mom would blame our cat but tonight I found a couple of these walking on the sink. When we killed them they either had blood or were black. Also found some on my clothes and bedding. They are so tiny the only way I saw them was through my phone flashlight. Any tips on what to do? we’re on the verge of throwing everything away

  • HU-606474653
    28 days ago

    i Believe I have the same problem they’re tiny black little bugs that only come out at night and are attracted by LED lights I’m guessing. I’m not sure if they are biting but I’m always itchy anyways so I can’t tell. I feel like I’m freaking out and they are coming in through my air conditioner and there a good bit of them I’m not sure what to do I’m going crazy. someone help me out!

  • Aakriti Sharma
    16 days ago

    Hi Audrey and everyone! it’s been 10 months since I posted about the problem and I did a lot get them away but they were literally everywhere in the house! Planned on shifting(we were anyway going to) as well but now due to this Covid I don‘t see that happening anytime soon. I tried some sprays that smelled bad and I couldn’t sleep in my room for days. Kept the mattress in the sun, sprayed the medicine/solution everywhere on walls, edge of window, almirahs and every place I could think of. They went away for the winter and I saw one or two some time back and they went away again. At least the number in which they come had reduced till the last time when I saw 3-4 and sprayed the solution which literally spoils the walls of my room. And just day before yesterday I saw one on my pillow and then I looked over and saw around 10 of them and I knew it was time to leave my room again 😭 I had started using dark bedsheets as I thought they had gone and now I’ll be using light ones again to spot them again only when the smell goes away! I really hoped that someone would have found something 😐 Nevertheless I did read some comments here about bird mites, spring tails and Im going to do something about it then. I’ll keep you all posted! Hope you all are safe :)

  • katieg23
    15 days ago

    I feel I may have there too. I can never see mine move though, but i am positive they are biting me. I have seen black specks in my bed, couch and on me. When I go to scratch the area I am left with a white seed. Does this all sound familiar. I just haven’t seen the little suckers move so it makes me feel like I am going crazy, but I am always itchy and feel like something is crawling on me.

  • A C
    14 days ago

    Hi, yes-sounds somewhat familiar. Not sure about the seed, but I do have some white marks from where the bites occurred. I’m sorry your going through this. Try taking a 1/2 a Benadryl before going to sleep. This will help with the itching. Please take care. 😇

  • Michele Luczak
    8 days ago

    I have these black bugs, slightly smaller than a grain of rice. They are on my bedroom ceiling every night. They do fly and are attracted to my nightstand lamp. Don’t see them any other time. Any thoughts?

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