my house is becoming over run with a small reddish brown bug, they are about
2mm wide/long, pop when squished, and are driving us nuts.
I can't figure out where the're living/breeding, what should I do?
I kill about 5-10 a day.
Fleas don't squish. They are hard, flat from side to side, and kind of
"tear drop" shaped from the side. They jump, so they are hard to capture.
You don't give any info about where you find them. Got pets? House
plants? City? Country? Wooded yard? High rise? Alaska? Florida? How
are they driving you nuts? Just their presence, or are they biting? In
kitchen cabinets, without any further info, I would guess weevils or
some such insect in grain/nuts food containers. A tiny, spider-like bug
can infest houseplants, but generally stay on the plants and build fine
webs - spider mites. Ticks like damp wood, back of the toilet in the
wall :o) Come out and crawl around slowly. Tell us more - the entire
newsgroup is fascinated by bug stories :o)
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:) my house is becoming over run with a small reddish brown bug, they are about
:) 2mm wide/long, pop when squished, and are driving us nuts.
:) I can't figure out where the're living/breeding, what should I do?
Try to get them identified. Fleas will be black, more
long than wide...ticks can be reddish brown about that
size, but so can many other small insects that are
nothing more than a temporary nuisancee.
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:) > my house is becoming over run with a small reddish brown bug, they are
:) > 2mm wide/long, pop when squished, and are driving us nuts.
:) > I can't figure out where the're living/breeding, what should I do?
:) > I kill about 5-10 a day.
:) > Punch
:) ok their not fleas, not ticks, not spider mites, and they can fly!
Look up cigarette beetle or drugstore beetle and see if
that is them. If so they will be coming from food
products, dried flower arrangements or potpourrii that
has been around for awhile.
Take some of the dead ones to an exterminator or your local cooperative
extension service and find out. They will tell you what they are and how to
deal with them. Simple.
It's difficult for anyone to identify a bug without seeing it. Half of all
species of animals in the world are beetles.
. . . and then reinvade the house after the
larvae grow fat on other garbage in the
vacuum cleaner bag and then change
into the winged form . . .
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
On 5 Sep 2003 12:42:56 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Rotation Slim)
If these bugs really are fleas, vacuuming will do the trick.
Vacuum carpets, sofas, anything made of cloth.
Fleas live on animals. They jump off onto the cloth surfaces
to lay eggs. The eggs take about 5 days to hatch. If you vacuum
every four days, you will eventually get rid of them.
As others have said, get rid of the vacuum cleaner bag. Also
make sure they are fleas.
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