Bugs! Tiny black bugs that hang out in window screens?
From: Dana Colestock Date: 5:42pm, Oct 04, 2011
Hello Neighbors - Every fall season I get these little black fly-like bugs hanging out in my window screens and I'd love some help identifying them and ridding my home of them. Here are the details: • They are only a problem during the fall season. • They are primarily located in and around my exterior window screens and window sills on the east side of my home. Fewer hang out on the north side of my home and practically none on the south and west side. • They are about 2 mm long and 1 mm wide. • Birds will occasionally land on my screens and try to eat them. • This year seems particularly intense. • One of my neighbors has them too so they are not exclusive to my home. • See photo attached. In the past, I’ve just regularly vacuumed them up but I’d love to find out what they are and how to get rid of them. They are gross and they prevent me from opening windows on warm fall days because they fit right thought the screen and then blow into the house. Thanks in advance for your help, thoughts, and advice! Dana Colestock
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From: Daniel Trudeau Date: 2:04am, Oct 05, 2011
Hi Dana, I shared your question with a friend who does entomology work for the state (dept of Ag) and this is what she had to say: My initial guess is the flying life stage of carpenter ants ( she might be observing winged males or queens). I would need a larger picture of one of them for a better clue. The only thing that makes me doubt myself is that carpenter ants are usually active in the spring not fall. http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/housingandclothing/dk1015.html
From: karissa8301 Date: 12:16am, Oct 12, 2011
I am having this exact problem, these bugs are so small they can get through the screen and don't know how to get rid of them!
From: Melanie Date: 12:16am, Oct 12, 2011
I am having the same problem at my house! We don't know what they are though. It is very frustrating not being able to use the windows because the little things are everywhere on the screens. Sometimes we just use the vacuum for a temporary fix.
From: Jonathan Dregni Date: 4:28am, Oct 12, 2011
Vacuum sounds like a fine way to handle this. I would guess they are a pest for only a short period of time, and you have a great "window" onto an amazing life-form! You could catch some and put them in water (with a little soap) or in alcohol, and try to identify them to order. If they have two wings they are flies; four wings probably are stingless wasps. If their wings cross each other in a triangle or diamond shape they are bugs (hemiptera) and if they are hard like shells they are beetles. Manipulate them with a couple straight pins, look at them with a magnifying glass or some very strong reading glasses from the dollar store. If you are really good you could try to look at their mouths and maybe see if they are plant suckers (bugs) or chewers (herbivores or carnivores); in many cases adult insects only eat nectar, or don't even have functioning mouths. Winged insects are adults, and their purpose is probably to mate and lay eggs before winter. They may be a native insect, or exotic; either way population explosions like we have had this summer are common. The birds might cause damage to your screens, so you might remove the screens for a while. Otherwise, there is little you can do to eliminate them as they are probably congregating, not for food, but because of the warmth or the play of light: many aquatic insects congregate in light beams reflecting from water, polarized light, and the theory is they use this as a method of finding mates. Kind of like people who are attracted to the neon lights in honky tonks... Good luck! Jonathan Dregni >________________________________ >From: Melanie <email obscured>> >To: <email obscured> >Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:16 PM >Subject: Re: [HamlineMidway] Bugs! Tiny black bugs that hang out in window screens? > >I am having the same problem at my house! We don't know what they are though. It is very frustrating not being able to use the windows because the little things are everywhere on the screens. Sometimes we just use the vacuum for a temporary fix.
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From: stellar placebo Date: 6:12pm, Jan 22
I have the same thing here in Missouri. It's a Hackberry tree in your yard. http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/hackberrypsyllids.shtml Hope this helps you.
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