By Arun from Hamilton, NJ
I have tiny red and brown bugs in my apartment. I've been living here for 2 years and haven't had any before and it's driving me nuts. How do I get rid of these tiny red and brown bugs? Where did they come from? Please help, my lease is up in 2 months. I'm not taking my bed or couches or it will start all over.
By MR from Grandview
Lots of baking soda on everything, in all drawers and in corners of shelves and under pots and pans, dishes, everything. Under couch cushions, under the couch itself. on pillows, in the linen closet.
Bugs/insects (a lot of them) breath through their skin. The baking soda clogs their pores. They can't breath. Now wash everything, even your clothes. All of them. Then vacuum the carpet, shelves, drawers. Wrap the vacuum cleaner bag tightly in plastic and throw out. Do NOT keep this in the house. If one bug lives it will get out and lay eggs.
Now steam clean the carpet to get rid of the eggs. Steam clean the couches and chairs and mattresses too if there is an attachment. This will get the eggs. Scrub all the drawers and shelves.
If your lease is up in 2 months and you intend to move. This is the time to start packing. Sprinkle packing boxes with generous amounts of baking soda and pack with just washed items that are wrapped tightly in plastic. If you are not moving just be aware, to really get rid of bugs it is truly like moving out. One must move everything, wash everything in the washer in HOT water, scrub everything with hot water.
Putting vinegar on the baking soda helps for the carpet and upholstery and mattresses. Even if you see them only in one area, clean everything.
I have tiny red dot bugs around my computer desk. They bite and the area is really itchy. They are as small as the periods at the end of a sentence. Please help. I have tried everything. I'm about ready to move.
By M.E.M from Wilmington, OH
It could also be bed bugs... they also nest in PC's, wood, and not just beds. here's a link to a good website I found. Also I've attahed some pics of what they look like and some pics of someone that had bites. Yuck. I really hope that you don't have them. My son had them in school, they were just terrible.
I have a problem with little red bugs. They are really small and I have no idea what they are. My house is 60 days old. I am a total neat freak and I can't understand where these things are coming from. They are on the walls in the sinks just everywhere.
Somebody please tell me how to get rid of them. Thanks.
If that doesn't work, we'd probably just wash everything really well with Ivory dish soap and hot water. Eucalyptus or lavender essential oils have disinfectant properties and smell good. You might wipe down surfaces with those as well (be careful about the oils and your surfaces, though) to repel them. (08/31/2004)
To start to catch some of them get a large glass or jar empty a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of "cider" vinegar into the container then use some paper to make a funnel, use a paper clip to hold it together, you want a hole no larger than 1/4 inch. Place the funnel in the container so that the tip of the funnel is at least 1 and 1/4 inch above the liquid. Check your trap in 8 to 10 hours and see what you have. Reminder: these flies have also found another food source so check under and behind things in your kitchen. (09/10/2006)
Because your home is fairly new it is likely that the mites arose because of a new lawn. They come about most often when the lawn has been fertilized well and/or when the new lawn is starting to come up. They can be extremely annoying bugs and seem to come up from everywhere. When you try to kill them, they just keep coming. They will also leave a reddish brown stain on your walls if you try to kill them so it is best to kill them by way of a professional company who will use insecticide. (03/03/2007)
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By Darell from Roanoke, VA
By John from Virginia
I noticed they came in when I purchased a new couch and multiplied under clothing and around cardboard and moist places. At one point they were hundreds around a moist box that I was about to dispose of. To get rid of them I sprayed my home with Raid bombs once a week, it worked to get rid of the majority, but there were so many of them that I knew that there had to be a few left. I'll leave them for an exterminator.
OK so my point is; I looked it up and this is what I found them to be, they are not clover mites, but are darkling beetles. There are 20,000 different species and we all might have one, do your own research and post whether it is, I'm almost 98% sure that it is.
By goin crazy
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