1.5 mm white jumping bug in sink(4 posts)
I saw a small whitish brown bug in the sink which I initially thought was a 1st stage nymph. Afraid I can't take a proper pic because my camera phone can't do good closeups of tiny objects. Anyway, I trapped it under a glass and although it generally crawled (being unable to crawl up and out of the sink) it jumped horizontally on several occasions. Not as far as a flea can but definitely several body lengths at least. Does this mean I can safely rule it out as a bed bug? It jumped on the flat part of the sink so it was definitely jumping and not falling. Thanks in advance!
The jumping part rules out bedbugs. You may want to have a look at spring tails as a possible suspect.
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Yes, does sound like a springtail. They can be pale-colored, but some have mottling and some are more dark-colored. They do "hop" by quickly extending the extension that is at the rear of the abdomen and held under the body by a clip mechanism.Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
Thanks David and loubugs. I compared the specimen with some online pictures of springtails, and indeed this bug seems to match. Even the profile looks the same. Anyway, most of all I'm pleased to hear that the jumping around rules it out as a bed bug!
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