S.K. asks from Cleveland, OH on June 05, 2008
Tiny Red Bugs in Sandbox
OK, so my son got a sandbox and a pool for his 1st birthday. Great, right? Well, yesterday we decided to go play in the sandbox and i looked around in it and there were a ton of tiny red bugs. Then I dipped my feet in his lil pool to see how cool it was (of course not warm enough to go in) but then i saw a ton of the same lil red bugs in the pool and on the outside. They jump a little bit. Does anyone know what they are? My husband took all of the toys and cleaned them and then sprayed our yard with some bug repellent made for the yard. Has anyone seeen these little things? I itch just thinking about them.
S.E. answers from Indianapolis on June 08, 2008
They are probably chiggers. I have seen a few lately and now my baby and I have a few red bites. If they are chiggers the bites will show up, usually around the pantie line and itch like crazy. Just dab clear nail polish on them or a small square of duck tape.
J.S. answers from Terre Haute on June 08, 2008
My fiance says that they are either aphids or red fleas. They will make you itch and leave welts on you like misquitos or like a flea.
K.C. answers from Columbus on June 05, 2008
They seem to be everywhere this Spring! They haven't posed a problem at our house, but the kids are fascinated with them. Sorry I don't have any technical answer for you!
T.F. answers from Fort Wayne on June 06, 2008
They are tiny little mites that come with the grass. We use to get them in our old house (inside our bathtub) because there was a window that apparently wasn't sealed too well. They are harmless. My son likes to 'fingerpaint' with them. If you squish them and drag them, they leave a red trail. Quite interesting.
S.L. answers from Columbus on June 06, 2008
I agree with Sue M. Let's all hope they're just harmless little mites.
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Good luck! I hope your little buggies are gone, and that everyone is safe and sound now.
P.R. answers from Indianapolis on June 07, 2008
Yes, I have seen a lot of them this year all ready.
Seen them on and off for years (I am 56). Never did know what they were and my dad just called them red bugs. My grandfather called them clover mites.
I know they really aren't dangerous but they are a bother!
They aren't around all summer so that is helpful, just a few weeks to a month.
M.H. answers from South Bend on June 07, 2008
Sounds like baby boxelder bugs. Are they all little red teardrop shapes, some bigger than others? They seem to like damp places (I remember seeing them in piles of dead leaves around my dad's shop when I was a kid) and they grow up to be about 1/2" long and dark gray with a little orange triangle on their butt. Completely harmless, just annoying because where there is one there are 5 bazillion.
Chiggers are too small to see--that's not what you have.
I would just let the bugs be. They don't hurt anything and your son will probably find them fascinating.
A.P. answers from Cleveland on June 06, 2008
They may be clover mites
M.V. answers from Cincinnati on June 06, 2008
My name is M. V. and though I'm not 100% positive...It sounds like chiggers though.
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S.T. answers from Youngstown on June 06, 2008
depend on wwere u live but i think there red anuts and the bit the some lil bad things stay clear of those