Anybuggy know what this bug is?

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  1. Greg_S_H

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    I've been seeing these tiny little monsters in my bathroom this year. I've bombed twice after seeing them, but they're back around. They really creeped me out when I first saw them because I thought they were extremely small roaches, but now I'm not so sure. I just hate the idea of them riding me out of the bathroom and into my bedroom. Pics aren't great:

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    They should be clearer if you click, I hope. A search made me think maybe firebrat. Funny thing, when I bought the bombs, they listed firebrats and I thought, "What the hell are those?"

    Dang it. They're huge pics on my computer, but photobucket downsized them a lot.
     
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    Trying this again:

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    still too small for me to figure out.
    Wings, mandibles?
     
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    All it looks like to the naked eye is a line with two antennae.
     
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    I would show those photos to a local exterminator. I'm no expert, but that doesn't look *not* enough like a termite to me to ignore it.
     
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    You're probably right that an expert is in order, but I forgot one characteristic that I think thankfully rules out termites. These things rarely, but can, pop--leap, jump--like fleas. But they don't look like fleas. A website description of springtails seems possible.
     
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    Do they make a snapping sound when they jump? I remember seeing some tiny bugs that did that, but don't recall exactly what they looked like.
     
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    Not a lot of help, but they're definitely not fleas, one option eliminated. My dog picked up fleas staying in the Seattle area for a week, thankfully she had very short fur, so they were easy to pick off her before they did any damage. Guess with it being warmer and more humid, fleas survive the winter. Never had a problem on the east side of the state with our harsher winters and I've had dogs and cats for 30+ years.
     
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    I didn't hear a sound, but I have had click beetles in the past. They make a loud noise as they spring into the air. I wonder if they start out that tiny.
     
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    I think most insects start out pretty tiny. I found a praying mantis on my screen door a year ago, maybe 1/4 of an inch long, fully formed.

    Tiniest, cutest little thing I'd ever seen. Collected adult ones as a kid, but first time I had ever seen a baby.
     
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    Do roaches start out pinhead-sized? I'm used to the baby ones that are around the size of a rolypoly, but thinking of them being almost invisible is really creepy.
     
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    What do you mean collected? There's an urban legend that says they are illegal to kill (it's false, no fed or state law against killing mantises) but they eat the bad bugs so hoping you didn't pin em to a board =(
     
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    No, nothing like that. Collected was probably the wrong term to use. We'd just catch them as kids, sneak up on them and grab them gently from the back of their necks, show them off to each other and let them go. Or we'd find one, and watch it closely to see it try and catch another bug, sadly never happened. Just kids exploring the world, not insect killers.

    Even if it were illegal, I think I was 8-10 years old, probably would have gotten away with it.
     
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    I smiled when I read that, because I never saw a praying mantis when I was a kid. I associated them with this image:


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    Great Saturday afternoon matinee stuff. :)
     
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    Groovy! They are some of the coolest looking inhabitants of our world, glad you like em as much as i do!

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    Well Sam, they weren't quite that size, but they were pretty big, especially being a kid you see things differently.

    We had tan/beige ones and light green ones, it was so neat to see how they'd go to different areas so they could blend in with the plants and not be seen.

    Like I said, never harmed them, but would let them crawl across our arms, let them explore. It was amazing, they're very gentle, probably like some people think of tarantulas, but that crosses the line for me. Mantises, okay. Tarantulas, no way.
     
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    Um, I posted what you responded to.
     
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    Can help with the bug ID. I just get a kick out of reading the thread title. "Anybuggy" makes me smile every time I see it :)Mantises kinda weird me out. They look like erect bipods, and are creepily alien.
     
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    It started out as a typo but I left it. :)

    I've seen very few to none of these lately, but I've seen a few adults and I'm not entirely sure what they are, but they're not gross like a roach. I do have a cracked pipe joint under my slab, and am waiting for insurance to put together what they'll fix (they did a full system test while tracking down an unrelated incoming water leak).
     

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