Tiny Flying Insects in Your House

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There is nothing more frustrating than having tiny flying insects in your house. Identifying what type of insect they are will help you get rid of them. This page contains tips for getting rid of tiny flying bugs in your house.
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December 9, 2019

I found these insectson my bed recently. They are very tiny like specks of dust, a black colour, and able to fly. And, I think I might have got bitten by them. The bite feels like sharp, piercing pain.

Thank you if anyone could shed a light on what it is, is it harmful, and how to get rid of them. I appreciate all kind advice.

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December 10, 20190 found this helpful
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It almost looks like a no see em bug or even a chigger. You can try putting on some mint oil on your skin to stop them from bitting you.

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I would make a trap or even get some flypaper to try and trap them. You can check with your local pest control company in your area and see what they recommend to spray them with to get them out of your home.

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December 15, 20190 found this helpful
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I had an issue with some like you describe. I placed a small container with some apple cider vinegar and a little bit of liquid soap on a window sill near the bed and they drown themselves in it and all were gone in a couple of days. Good luck.

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March 16, 2011

I have very tiny (maybe a mm big), round moth like bugs crawling on my walls and carpet. I just saw one fly the other day. They are black and white stripped with six legs and antennas. When squished they have a powdery dust on their wings. Any idea what they are? They don't bite; they're just a nuisance.

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By Jess from Canton, OH

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March 16, 20113 found this helpful
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I'm not sure what kind of bugs those are but I found the apple cider vinegar trick worked when we had a gnat infestation. Maybe that would work for you. Place a cup of apple cider vinegar near where the bugs are (a few drops of soap in the vinegar helps). Dump out the collections of dead bugs daily. I was shocked at how many we collected. We also moved the bananas into the refrigerator until the infestation stopped.

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I have tiny black bugs flying around in my kitchen and living room. What are they and more importantly, how do I get rid of them?

By Jacque B.

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July 1, 20120 found this helpful
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Sounds like fruit flies. Do you have fruit in a bowl on the counter? Bananas? Is the weather warm?

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Clean off surfaces with soapy water and remove over-ripened fruit. I take vinegar and water solution and wipe off my countertops, etc.

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These bugs come out at night. At first they just walked around the table and gathered in our hanging light. Now they seem to wiggle when they walk and are starting to fly. They are primarily on my family room table, but now seem to be flying elsewhere in the room. They are tiny, reddish brown in color. Does anyone know what they are? How do I get rid of them? Thanks!

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August 7, 2018

We have tiny brown flying bugs that look like gnats in our house. We need help getting rid of them.

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

I've had good luck with spraying them with pure rubbing alcohol. YOu have the option of buying %50 or %75 alcohol - go with the %75 as it is more potent. YOu just spray them and they are gone

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as well you can take the trouble to leave produce off the counters as much as possible, and do a drain bomb with baking soda and vinegar and hot water to kill anything that might be breeding in the drains. As well of course an Epic Cleaning Session to eliminate all sources of eggs/larvae

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

Look for the nest and spray it. You may have to go outside and look where they are coming from. Make sure you have no leaks

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

You could have fruit flies...without a pix it is hard to be sure. Check around to make sure you don't have any bad potatos, onions, apples or other produce item. I had one bad potato in a bag and it caused an infestation. It was awful. Once I got rid of the offending tater, the bugs went away. It took a few days, but when their food source was gone, they left.

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Hope your solution will be as easy as mine was!

If they are coming up from the sink because something is caught in there, try boiling water and vinegar down the drain. You can put a layer of baking soda in the sink first and then pour the water/vinegar equal parts and vinegar and boiled water...it will fizz up and hopefully kill off offending bugs!

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

Fruit flies are usually a little larger than other gnats and generally always found in the kitchen. Drain gnats are usually found more often in kitchens also. Fungus gnats are generally around plants but can be found anywhere there is moisture.

  • Here is a site that has a pretty good description of all three types and some suggested remedies. There are several commercial products for getting rid of any of the three.
  • www.terro.com/.../fruit-flies-drain-flies-fungus-gnats
  • Here is a good DIY way that does work but you will have to make sure everything is clean or they will returning.
  • First fill a small glass or bowl with about 1" of Apple Cider Vinegar (if you dont have any ACV, use regular white household vinegar) and a teaspoon of sugar; add a squirt of dish soap.
  • Cover with some plastic wrap and secure with an elastic band. This is to trap the pests.
  • Poke some holes in the plastic and set out on a kitchen counter near where the pesky bugs congregate. Place one in any room you have seen these bugs.
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August 13, 2012

By the light of my cell phone, in the dark of my bedroom, I have become aware of tiny flying (flea looking) insects. What might they be ? They are attracted to the light and I've only seen one at a time. I don't notice any bites, but after seeing them I feel they must be living off my dead skin! Help me, please, I'm creeped out!

By JC

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August 15, 20122 found this helpful

They are called duloflectasty. And your right they do eat your dead skin and hair. They are harmless and are actually inhaled while you sleep. They attache themselves to your mucus membrane and crawl out through your nostrils, unless you breath through your nose at that point they find another exit. I have heard they will exit through the ear canal. Have no fear.

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October 18, 20170 found this helpful

These tiny black things seem to fly around computer screens n tv's as well as my face and skin. But how do I get RID of them?

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November 7, 20171 found this helpful

But how do u get rid off them

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May 29, 20180 found this helpful

Try turning on a light in the hallway and turning all lights in your room off. Leave the door open. Walk into another room for a little while and as long as there is no light in your room, they will have left. Turn the light off, shut the door first, then turn your light back on and ensure the bugs are gone

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October 11, 2019

I have super tiny bugs flying around my house. They are primarily in the kitchen, but I also see them in our living room. They are so small you can barely see them. I can catch them pretty easily, they look to be a copper/light brown bug. You can only see the color after you kill them and they are still. Any ideas?

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September 17, 2019

These black bugs only come to my house in the night and there are so many that we can't sit on the sofa or sleep on the bed. Everything is contaminated with these bugs. They are the size of cumin. They can fly a little bit. They have been in my house for a week now. We have sprayed using Mortein and other chemicals along with water. For the time being they are gone, but again no result after few hours.

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September 17, 2018

I have found 3 of these in my bed. I was just wondering if anyone knew what kind of bug it is. They are very very small and fly or jump? Please help!

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

They look like gnats. Check for torn screens and leaks. Spray with insecticide, if necessary.

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

The look like sand flies with the pointy ends:

www.jcehrlich.com/.../

Scroll halfway down to match the photos.

They don't like lavender or orange scent so if you have any natural sprays with either ingredient, you can spray it around your windows and keep them out. Be sure to make sure there are no gaps in your windows or screens or doors.

You can vaccuum up the ones you see (and get rid of the vacuum bag) or if you are kind like I am, I take a cup and a piece of paper and walk them to the end of my property and release them.

If they are sand flies, they can bite so be very careful around them.

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Every night before I go to bed I turn off all the lights and turn on the lamp beside my bed and I look over there and there are like 20 small flies just flying in there.

Can someone help because I'm scared and freaked out and annoyed.

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June 8, 20180 found this helpful

They are probably gnats. They like food, light and moisture. Make sure you eliminate water leaks and dont leave food out. Get a spray that takes care of termites and they will be killed too. You can also go outside and see if you can find the nest.

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June 8, 20180 found this helpful

I have the same problem every night when I go to bed and turn on the light to read I have flies hovering around the light. I've tried bowls of vinegar and actually found a dead fly in the bowl this a.m. It's gross. Does anyone know where these flies are coming from and what to do to get rid of them?

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June 10, 20180 found this helpful

vacuum them up each time you see them. That will keep the population down. Keep an eye out for where you see flies in the house in the daytime. That may lead you to where they are coming from. Good luck.

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June 10, 20180 found this helpful

When I had the same problem it was fruit flies from a bag of potatoes with one bad one. The picture is hard to make out if that is what these are.

Here's an up close look. www.orkin.com/.../

My issue went away when I tossed the bag of taters. To this day I only buy what I need and use in in day as that incident stuck with me. Big ick!

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August 16, 2019

I have these tiny little black bugs flying all around my bathroom and my walk-in closet. I do have fruit out on our kitchen table, but they don't go near it. I set out apple cider vinegar traps and they don't go near them either. There is no food in my closet or bathroom. I've killed so many and they won't go away. I got a fly zapper light and I hear it kill like one every two hours. I don't know where they are coming from, but they won't leave. Please help!

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August 9, 2019

Last week I started seeing these little red dots on my kitchen counter. Now they're in the living room as well. They're not on any windows and don't seem to be on the lights anymore than anywhere else. I did find them in pasta and crackers and both were closed packages in a cabinet. They don't respond to ACV or sugar. I activated yeast to see if that's why they were in the boxes I found. Nothing is getting rid of them and they're multiplying rapidly. I would greatly appreciate any ideas anyone has as to what they are and how to eradicate them.

Thanks

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I've noticed all around my house, especially around lights, very small bugs that are sorta beetle shaped. They can fly, but they seem to crawl around more. They don't seem to bite, but all the same, I'd love to get rid of them.

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June 14, 2019

I have a couple of tiny bugs in my room that fly. I think maybe they are small gnats, but I barely can see them. They constantly buzz around my ear and make it super uncomfortable to sleep.
Please help me!

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I have black flying insects that bite in my house and they are driving me crazy. We were told by personnel at the hardware store to pour bleach down all of the drains, starting at the top of the house. I first saw them in my shower, coming from the drain. They are in my laundry room, probably from the floor drain. I have seen them upstairs now in the main bathroom and the kitchen sink. The bleach has not done anything.

I have red welts and a rash all over my arms, hands, and shoulders. I don't know about my back, but it is always itchy. So is my head. I am going crazy and can't sleep. I hate to go into the bathroom at night, because I have to start picking up the bodies after spraying with Raid Max. Nothing works. They just keep coming back, they never go away. Help.

By Bev G.

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October 3, 20111 found this helpful

When you put bleach down drains, do you have a stopper to put over drain holes? You could try vinegar and baking soda. I heat up vinegar in microwave, then pour baking soda in drain and then pour vinegar. I've used this to unstop drains.
Note: after it stops bubbling from the vinegar and baking soda, put stopper over night. I hope this works or you find a solution.

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October 3, 20111 found this helpful

Have you tried the bleach and then plugging or covering the drains so they can't come out?

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July 3, 2019

Late last night I found this tiny black bug crawling around and at first thought it could be a bed bug, but realized it wasn't when it flew. So right now I'm confused what it is and I would like to know how to get rid of it (after killing it I saw 3 more).

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What is this bug? It is attracted to light the light.

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April 6, 2019

What are almost translucent very tiny flying insects that are inside my house?

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April 1, 2010

I have tiny flying insects in my home. They are smaller than mosquitoes. What can I use to get rid of them?

By yao from Seattle, WA

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Tiny Flying Insects in the House

Do you have house plants? If you do, they could be coming from them. If water sits in the drip tray, they breed there. They are called fungus gnats. I have read that you can use apple cider vinegar and set it out near your plants in small dishes. Someone said it did not work for them and they just sprayed a small amount of raid in the bowl and then it worked. Good luck, I know how much of a pest they can be. (02/20/2010)

By Elaine

Tiny Flying Insects in the House

How about a can of aerosol hair spray? They can fly with glued wings. After a couple falls maybe you can take them to your local "Orkin" man for identification and info on how to get rid of them. Maybe one of those fly tapes would work too. Or how about a roll of double sided tape, the kind for wrapping packages on the wall around the head of your bed? (02/20/2010)

By Darlene

Tiny Flying Insects in the House

Thank you all for the help. (02/20/2010)

By yao

Tiny Flying Insects in the House

Sounds like fruit flies. I had the same problem and a friend recommended I go to Kroger's grocery and buy a product called Hot Shots. It costs about $6.00. It is in a long box and has a white plastic box inside with something to kill the bugs. You hang it on a cabinet handle above the sink and it lasts for about 4 months. It cured my problem completely. Hope this helps. Connie. (02/25/2010)

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