What are these tiny bugs invading my yard and home?

Asked July 21, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

What are these small insects all over my yard, concrete and coming into the home hiding under things or on things like my cutting board etc.

Linn County Oregon insect issues

1 Response

Look like a springtail (Collembola). These primitive insects can be extremely abundant in rich garden soils and landscapes. They feed on fungi and soil bacteria. They can sometimes enter homes in response to either very dry conditions (seeking water) or very wet conditions (avoiding drowning). They are harmless and can be swept up when found indoors. See this page for more information.