What is this pest????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BowChickaBowMow, May 22, 2008.

  1. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took a photo today, but haven't figured out how to post a photo yet.

    Along the side of our pole barn, where we were building the run today for the chicks... there was this black fine sand looking stuff... all along it.. on the ground, and on the edge. Once I looked closer I realized the black sand stuff is jumping! It's some type of little bug... I thought maybe a mite... but it didn't look spidery looking. It is very very teeny, like a mite would be. But also, there are no animals around the edge there. (that I know of) There were no holes dug under it either. There are hundreds of thousands of these little teeny things along that side of it. None in the front on the cement... none in the back in the weeds.

    ANybody have any idea as to what it is? We were going to put the chicks out there tomorrow for the first time, but I dont' want them near those nasty lookin' little things.

    TIA
     
  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    I ain't sure what the animal is. You can post a picture by going to the menu bar and clicking uploads then pick the picture you want and upload.
     
  3. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its likely they will make a nice meal for your chickies [​IMG]
     
  4. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    look up spring tails...I think that's what you're seeing, they're harmless, but noticing them for the first time can be quite alarming...I called the exterminator when I first noticed them and he chuckled at me. They are around alot in the snow on mild winter days too...they look like black specks until you notice that they jump all over the place
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2008
  5. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! That is what they are! Good to know they're harmless! I just raked up a bunch of wet leaves and other yard scraps from the area... so that makes sense that they're there. Maybe the chicks will end up eating them! I was afraid they'd get infested with them.

    Thanks again!
     
  6. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I'm sure the chicks will go crazy for them!
     

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