Tiny bugs in our house - what are they?

Asked July 4, 2020, 7:54 AM EDT

These tiny bugs are light brown and about the size of a half of a grain of rice. We have seen then in the bathrooms and windows and may have come out around the time the house was power washed. Any ideas what they are and how to get rid of them?

Montgomery County Maryland

2 Responses

This looks like a springtail, an insect-like arthropod which is harmless to humans. They can be a nuisance, however, and thrive in moist conditions. You can check door and window seals for cracks and for any leaky water lines/pipes inside the house itself. If the air-conditioning isn't dehumidifying the indoor air enough, you can use a separate dehumidifier to help. If applicable, making sure bathroom fans are run when showers are taken (and that they're working) will help reduce the humidity there as well. Because they can feed on mold and mold in damp areas like bathrooms is common, check for this as well. Caulk can help seal any cracks and the bugs themselves can be vacuumed up or easily squished if on a hard surface.


Thank you