What Kind Of Bug Is This?

I am still searching. I have better pictures. We just can't seem to get rid of them. They are in the laundry room and occasionally I find them throughout the house. We sprayed, but are still finding them.
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August 29, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like a springtail. You can use diatomaceous earth to get rid of them

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August 29, 20180 found this helpful

I have seen springtails before...we dont think these are them. They dont jump or fly....seem to mostly crawl...very tiny

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August 29, 20181 found this helpful

This pic is better! Thanks!

If the tail is split, like pinchers it is most likely an earwig. Match yours to this link. en.m.wikipedia.org/.../Earwig

If that is what you have, despite their yucky name, the are not dangerous to people or do anything to human ears.

Take away their food and water...they like moist conditions and dead plants/leaves and they will go away! Be sure to check for gaps and holes around doors and windows to discourage their visits.

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Good luck!!

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August 29, 20181 found this helpful

I think this was a good suggestion. I see why you mentioned this. After looking and reading the description, however, it does not fit. Tail is not split and most do not have tails. I was surprised to see it on this one. The picture was taken under a flashlight and a magnifying glass. These things are the size of a flea or tiny seed. We did find one food source today old gerbil food on top of a cabinet near the ceiling in the room. Not sure if that helps.

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August 30, 20181 found this helpful

Weevils and flour bugs love things like gerbil food and flour...see this image:

en.wikipedia.org/.../Confused_flour_beetle

I had weevils in a townhouse once...they were icky and I had to dump the pantry, clean thoroughly and start over. Apparently mine came to visit in a box of biscuit mix.

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August 30, 20181 found this helpful

I think you are right. I was looking at grain beetles and this seems really close. We had an exterminator come. They seemed to have no interest in trying to identify the bug but they sprayed and also put traps in the room and sprayed inside parameter of the house.

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They previously sprayed the outside parameter. We also cleaned and trashed anything the bugs could potentially have gotten into. We had previously sprayed the floorboards before finding the hamster food source and after that the bugs spread throughout the room. We are hoping they are gone now.

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August 31, 20181 found this helpful

Thanks for the updates!! That the exterminator didn't care about IDing the problem is why they make me crazy and I prefer to handle things like this by myself, figuring out what I have and finding natural solutions (plus it is less expensive and safer for the environment).

The challenge is always figuring out exactly what you have to start with! We usually get repeat critters where I am....so I know what I have, but when something new pops up, it is always a challenge. Then I am on the tablet with my friend Google and the critter thing in a jar looking at photos (BLECH) or if I can't figure it out, taking the thing to the hardware store (my favorite of which just closed, so let's hope I have no unidentifiable critters in the near future).

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It was good that you found the source. I am always so concerned about pet foods as I don't think stores take care of items as they should. We always pour our fur boys food into a super thick, tight seal plastic container and look at it carefully as we pour to make sure it is clean (i.e. pest free) before we feed it to him.

Hope the issue has been resolved and that things are returning to normal!

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August 31, 20181 found this helpful

Great advice. Thank you!

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August 30, 20181 found this helpful

I would say either springtails or weevils or some other close cousin. Most insects can be eliminated with diatomaceous earth and/or boric acid - not to mention harsher poisons.

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And yes, most are attracted to humidity and warmth.

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August 31, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you

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August 31, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you

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