What is this and are they harmful to dogs?

Asked May 10, 2017, 9:24 PM EDT

These things have taken over my front and back porch. Today is the first time I have seen them on the porch and I've been in this house for 2 years. Earlier today my dog had welps on her back and I've never seen her like that. I don't know if it is a coincidence or what. My main concern is for our and our pets safety and health. Someone please help. There's only one in the pic because I was to scared to get the group so I singled one out. Lol

Guilford County North Carolina

1 Response

Dear Client,

The insect in your photo is known as a springtail (insect order Collembola). These insects are typically found in moist areas often associated with soil where they function as decomposers of organic material. Springtails can sometimes be mistaken for fleas as they do have a habit of flipping around when disturbed.

This particular insect is not of veterinary concern and is harmless to the dog. But please follow these links to websites on springtails.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springtail

https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/springtails.htm

Hope this eases your concern, about the insect anyway.