September 12, 2009,
A.S. asks from Massillon, OH on September 10, 2009
Little Black Bugs
Ok, I hope someone can help me. I have been seeing tiny black bugs randomly in my house. They are not fleas or knats. They are small and black, they don't jump and they are easily killed (you can squish them between your fingers). I am just wondering if someone can tell me what they are and how to get rid of them. Thanks!
J.T. answers from Toledo on September 11, 2009
Have you looked up bed bugs? I have no other guesses. Try to find a entomology (the study of bugs) website. :-)
A.V. answers from Indianapolis on September 11, 2009
A., I'm not sure what they are but we have them too! Uggh! Sorry no advice!
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L.R. answers from South Bend on September 11, 2009
I suggest you try and catch some alive and take them to an exterminator. They can at least tell you what they are which should help with figuring out how to get rid of them. Also check your dry goods in the house like flour and rice and cereal, as they might be feeding off of these things. I had some once that were a little smaller than an ant and it turned out they were actually a form of a beetle and the only way I could rid of them was the exterminator and getting rid of all the open foods in the house. I also discovered a "nest" along the insulation in the garage. In the mean time try those plastic ant traps.. just be sure you put them in places out of your baby's view. Good luck.
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M.W. answers from Cleveland on September 11, 2009
I kept finding tiny black bugs in my house not alot but enough to make me wonder. I ended up going through food looking for them and I found them in a box of dog treats. It wasn't some huge infestation but I try to keep my dog treats in an airtight container now not just the box they come in. I hope this is helpful.
K.P. answers from Fort Wayne on September 11, 2009
Hi A., I won't be any help to you other than I occasionally have them too. The ones we have are hard black and shiny they are easily crushed but for us the leave almost as quickly as they come. Good Luck and sorry I wasn't any help.
B.S. answers from Cincinnati on September 11, 2009
have you researched this online at all?
D.T. answers from Cleveland on September 11, 2009
I am told they are fruit flies. They are so bad this year! My neighbor went to the local hardware store ( Seitz Agin in Cleve Hts) and got a fruit fly jar. it lets them fly in, and they can't fly out. I think I'm going to stop in there today and get one!
L.M. answers from Cleveland on September 12, 2009
We have had some of these in our upstairs bathroom. They are very very tiny, like a teeny piece of lint. I have no clue what they are either. We are going to spray with Mystic and hope it works for them.
C.L. answers from Indianapolis on September 11, 2009
It sounds like a fruit fly infestation. I get them every fall when I go pick apples. You can make you own fly trap. Pour 1" apple cider vinegar into a small glass. Put one drop of liquid dishwashing liquid in the glass on the top. The flies will go in to eat the cider vinegar but get "caught" in the soap and drown. Place the cup near your fruit basket or trash can. Also, be sure and throw any banana and other fruit peels in your outside trash cans. Hope this helps!!