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Getting Rid of Little Black Bugs?

June 6, 2020

Can Anyone Identify These Bugs? - enlarged photo of very small black bugI just moved to a new apartment. I am finding these on windowsill and in the bed next to the window. They are very tiny. I enlarged the photo as best I could.

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Can Anyone Identify These Bugs?
 

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June 7, 20200 found this helpful
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From the seond image it looks like your home has some sort of an ant problem. The larger photo does not look much like an ant but when you check out the other one it does. I would try and use some Windex or other type of window cleaners around the window to get rid of them and keep them out of your home. This is the safest way to do it.

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June 8, 20200 found this helpful
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I think this might be a termite. Here's a Wikipedia article about them.

en.wikipedia.org/.../Termite

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August 2, 2021

Hey, can someone please help! I have posted these bugs once before but can't seem to get rid of. This one was in my bathroom on the floor, they are literally all over! Please help!

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This is a weevil. They can be very prolific! You'll need to vacuum your pantry thoroughly (use a flashlight), wipe shelves and walls with white vinegar (the smell will soon be gone) and put all dry foodstuffs in snap or ziplock containers. Also go through the house with a careful eye to unexpected sources of food for them (I know of one case where they fed on a rice-filled heat pack in the linen closet; other examples include pet food, decorative corn cobs, garden fruits and vegetables, toaster crumbs).

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Outside you can use Diatomaceous Earth (and make sure your window screens and doors are well-sealed). Inside please use natural/organic pesticides and sticky traps; commercial pesticides are not healthy for other living things including pets and people.

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September 28, 2020

Okay, I have little black bugs too. Has anybody else seen them appear up out of their skin? Mine come from under my skin. Crazy as that sounds, I witnessed it several times. Small black bugs that have been dug out of an arm.

 

Last night while out loading brush, I got very hot and sweaty and I looked down and my arm was covered with them and I looked at my legs and my legs were covered with them. By the time I got in the houses to get in the bath, most of them are gone.

Along with the black dots I've had lots of other weird little bugs and stuff and balls of lint in my bath water. I always plug the drain and then put a paper towel over it to drain it to see what's in there. Sometimes you'll be thousands of little items in there. Along with that, I've had some little tiny flies living in my hair which is only a quarter inch long and they bite like hell.

Also last night when I was hot and sweaty and all those bugs came out, I looked down at my arm and there was a thick thick black hair coming out of my arm the wrong way. I reach down to touch it and it sucked back into my arm. Has anybody seen anything like that.

I'm going to download some photos. I'm kind of a hairy guy and I shaved every inch of my body and someone gave me some turpentine that they took to get rid of internal parasites so I started mixing out with shampoo and soap and I cannot believe what come off of my body. Now I'm just down to the little black dots. Like to know if anyone else has had this much stuff on them and I'm a clean person.

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it almost sounds like you have a parasite that has latched onto your skin and has laid eggs there and that is why you are seeing so many of them all over you. The parasite is called a chigoe flea and it can burrow down into your skin and lay their eggs. The only part of the parasite you see now and then is the bottom of the parasite when it is moving around or laying the eggs which can take up to 3 weeks to do this.

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Once the eggs hatch the little ones continue the cycle and this is why you seem to have so many of them on you right now. I would go to the doctor and see if they can test you for this and give you something to get rid of them. They are sort of hard to detect and some doctors don't really know what to look for.

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September 14, 2017

I've read all the questions and comments, and my particular odyssey with the little black bugs is that they don't fly, they come in through or by the kitchen sink only, and I don't think the bite. They scurry off as soon as I approach, but I can squash them if I'm quick enough.

My bug spray seems to have no effect on them, and I've tried a vinegar solution, Listerine, and boric acid powder. Nothing seems to kill them off. I live in an apartment, and only got them after the upstairs unit was exterminated, along with cockroaches. Help!

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September 14, 20170 found this helpful
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If you live in an apartment it is up to the owner or manager to spray your unit. If another unit was sprayed in your building it is normal that the bugs from this unit will look for a new home.

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Write or call your property manager or building manager and have them inspect your apartment. Tell them you are being invaded by bugs and you want your apartment sprayed.

As long as you are renting it is up to the building owner to maintain and spray these units for bugs and roaches.

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September 18, 20170 found this helpful
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Step 1
They could be carpet beetles.

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Put everything in containers and clean out first.

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Wipe everything down with vinegar.

Step 4
Clean out closets they love wool sweaters or blankets.

Step 5
Wash all your things, wipe out drawers.

Step 6
Vacuum closets and baseboards.

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Store clothing in airtight containers.

Step 8
Vacuum all furniture.

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May 8, 2020

I put diatomaceous earth on bed, baseboards, and wall but it still doesn't kill these little black things.

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Identifying Little Black Bugs
 
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The images here are terrible and it is hard to make out what type of a bug this one really is. In most cases if they are on the floor and in certain areas in your home it is possible to lay down some sticky flypaper in order to trap them and get rid of them. In some of the photos that I can make out it almost looks like rodent poop if you ask me on this one. Diatomaceous earth is not really the best thing to get rid of these bugs but it does help to control them and keep them out.

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You are going to need to vacuum your home, dispose of the bag, lay out sticky fly paper and trap them. If they keep coming back then you need to pick up a few of them, take them to a pest control shop, and ask them how to get rid of them and what you need to use to spray them with that is not harmful to you because it is in your bedroom where you sleep at night.

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July 7, 2020

I found these in my bed and around my sink, they seem to be harmless and I'm not too worried but they're kind of annoying and I'd like to know what they are so I can get rid of them. I looked up spring tails and they kind of look like that so maybe that's what they are but I'm not sure and they look a bit different.

I live in New England btw (thought that might help identify them).

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Small little bugs on a white fabric.
 

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July 7, 20200 found this helpful

If these are in yur bathroom around your sink they are some type of a water beetle. The beetle will move around the home and they do love fiber to eat on such as your blankets.

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July 7, 20200 found this helpful

Looks like little Gnats - here is some history of this insect - en.wikipedia.org/.../gnat

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March 13, 2019

We have have these little black bugs that appear only on the tile around our over sized tub in the bathroom. They kind of look like a flea, but do not jump and are dead or barely moving, but keep appearing.

There is a little off colored yellow larvae now and again around them too. We have no idea what they are. We thought initially they were coming from a large plant and we took that outside last spring.

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March 13, 20190 found this helpful

I think you have drain flies. I would pour some bleach down the drain to kill them.

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