Mite experts needed!
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I have noticed skeighty-eight zillion little bugs outside. I took my magnifying glass, and they are really cool looking!!!! I have not yet identified them, but I have been watching them and they seem to be eating the algae on my deck!
Mites often hide and come out when the ducks are in for the night, from what I have read.
Let me see if I can poke around and find out what these little things are - and if I can find some photo's.
I think I found them!
Now, I want you to slow down, read carefully. They are called bark lice. They are not like the nasty lice we worry about, they eat algae and fungi off of trees and shrubs (and in our cases, lumber and straw). The ones we are seeing are the nymphs - immature phase - of them.
Here - see if this is what you are seeing, because they look just about exactly like what we have by the jillions.
The nymphs have much rounder bodies and no stripes, and are about the size of a pencil point.