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What small insects can be found in the apartment

Давайте посмотрим, какие виды маленьких насекомых мы можем однажды встретить в своей квартире, нужно ли их бояться и что от них следует ожидать...

Small insects are in almost any apartment, even the cleanest and cleaned. Not always these "neighbors" are harmful and dangerous, sometimes they are so few that they can not be seen at all, but practice shows that this or that representative of this entomofauna can be found in practically any living space.

On a note

It is interesting to note that the smallest insects in the apartment can by the number of individuals significantly exceed the same cockroaches, but due to their small size, they do not pay attention to themselves.

However, the presence of any insects in the apartment is undesirable, as they either share with the person his food, or feed on tissues, paper, wood, and, moreover, can move from cellars and refuse chutes to the house, spreading infections. And some of them are bloodsucking parasites, biting people and capable of transmitting pathogens of dangerous diseases.

Некоторые из мелких насекомых, например, блохи, являются кровососущими паразитами, причем довольно опасными из-за своей способности быть переносичками возбудителей различных болезней.

Therefore, if you regularly meet "incomprehensible" small insects in your apartment, do not neglect this fact. At least ask yourself: what do they eat, where they hide, how fast they multiply ...

Below are photos of some species of small insects that can be found in an apartment and whose size does not exceed 10 mm:

  1. The flea is a dangerous parasite of animals and humans (few people seriously think about the potential danger of flea bites, although many know that it was rat fleas that were the carriers of the plague in the Middle Ages). Блохи способны кусать не только кошек и собак, но и человека
  2. Beetle grinder. Its larvae are able to feed even paper. На фото показан жук-точильщик
  3. Nogochvostka. In flats, it is usually found in flower pots. Ногохвостку в квартире можно увидеть в горшках с комнатными растениями
  4. Whitefly is the pest of domestic plants. These little white insects in the apartment can often appear with a new flower. На фото показаны белокрылки
  5. Butterfly - a small fly, in its ecology associated with sewerage. Бабочница - мелкая мушка сероватого цвета
  6. Ants, known to almost everyone, but are one of the most difficult to breed small insects at home . Мелких муравьев, обнаруженных в доме, иногда бывает довольно сложно вывести, так как они могут устраивать свои муравейники и вне помещения.
  7. Linen lice, today rarely seen, but quite dangerous with their bites. Бельевые вши сегодня не так распространены, как когда-то, но все так же опасны
  8. The worms, which harm the indoor flowers. Червецы на комнатном растении
  9. Scales are quite common insects in apartments , which are not liked simply because of their appearance. А так выглядит сахарная чешуйница

At the same time, the same ants are recognizable by everyone, and there is no sense in helping the reader in their definition. Therefore, we will focus on those small insects that not everyone knows.

Scales: harmless extras

Some scientists consider the Scheuinitz to be the most ancient of insects on the planet today. They have changed little over many millions of years of evolution and very much resemble the ancestors of all modern insects.

In the photo there is a sugar scales:

Сахарная чешуйница

And here - thermobic home:

Термобия домашняя

They feed on scales with various organic remains, which are found in dust and crevices, they can eat paper, bread and sugar crumbs. Harm they do not cause, and to get rid of them enough to destroy the seen on the walls of individuals.

Small species of beetles

To small domestic beetles belong кожееды, grinders, хрущаки. They damage various products, they can eat paper and spoil books. Kozheedy also damage fur coats and woolen clothes.

In the photo there is a bread grinder, one of the smallest insects in the apartment:

Хлебный точильщик - мелкое, но очень вредное насекомое

This beetle reaches 1.5 mm in length and does not feed in the adult state, although it does moves in many products, damaging them. But his larva eats almost everything, including paper and fibers of semi-synthetic clothing.


Bread damaged by the grubber's grubs becomes poisonous to humans. You can not eat it!

Next on the photo shows a small flour meal, specializing in cereals and flour. It's also good to eat bran:

Мучной хрущак предпочитает питаться крупами и мукой

Very small insects, also often found in the apartment - beetle-bugs, able to make holes in fur coats and furs, "cut" carpets and eat the bindings of old books:

Жук-кожеед, несмотря на свой небольшой размер, может нанести значительный ущерб вашим вещам в доме.

All the above-mentioned small beetles can be quite difficult to get out of the apartment. If their larvae are found in foods, all stocks should be thrown out, and the bedside tables and shelves treated with insecticide. In cabinets and bookshelves, things and objects are treated with aerosol insecticides, and after that it is useful to place sections from moths that are quite effective from beetles.


Fleas are small jumping insects in an apartment that suck the blood of people and pets.

The photo shows a rat flea, a potential plague carrier:

Крысиная блоха (на фото) может оказаться причиной опасного заболевания

There are also human, feline and canine fleas. All of them are very similar to each other, and it would be problematic to distinguish one species from another by a layman.

И человеческие, и кошачьи, и собачьи блохи - мелкие и весьма неприятные насекомые

With abundant reproduction, fleas can cause serious allergic reactions in humans with their bites.

The fleas are taken out separately first on animals, and then in the apartment itself. In the first case, special drops from fleas to withers, anti-flea shampoos and sprays are used, in the second - powerful means of insects in aerosol form or in the form of concentrates for dilution and subsequent spraying as a spray.

Book louse

The book louse is a very small insect of a brownish color, in an apartment, settling in book bindings and eating a paste.

Below in the photo, an adult specimen of a book louse (a book senoide) is shown:

На фотографии показан книжный сеноед, или, иными словами, книжная вошь.

These insects rarely form large colonies. Even a small group of them makes distinctly audible ticking sounds, thereby giving out their presence.

They struggle with book lice, hanging fumigation means near the shelves with books and zoological or botanical collections.

Naughty Tails - enemies of domestic plants

Nogohvostka - a small white insect, in an apartment settling in the ground in flower pots and eating organic. In the case of mass reproduction, springtails can greatly damage the roots of plants.

Маленькие белые насекомые в цветочных горшках - это обычно ногохвостки


"I do not understand what it's like to attack such a flower pot. Some insects are white, tiny, but there are so many of them that you can not see the earth. Transplanted violets and found that in all the pots they are. Tell me, what kind of insects are they, are they dangerous? "

Tamara, Moscow

The photo shows a springtail with a large increase:

Так выглядит ногохвостка при значительном увеличении.

Еще одно фото ногохвостки крупным планом

And below - taken from the pot of earth clod, infected with stalks:

При большом количестве ногохвосток в горшке с землей они могут сильно поверждать корни растений.

These insects can be shed by conventional means against garden pests - Aktara or Karbofos. You can also lay out pieces of potatoes on the surface of the earth and collect insects every few days.


Whiteflies are also pests of plants, which, unlike springtails, affect leaves and stems. These insects are easily recognized by light wings.

In the photo there is a tobacco whitefly:

Табачная белокрылка

And here - white-winged cabbage:

Капустная белокрылка на растении

If these small insects have appeared in the apartment, the plants should be immediately treated with alcohol infusion of calendula.

Whiteflies very quickly multiply and at all stages of development suck the juice of plants. A large number of them can cause the death of the bush. When a massive infection, they should be harvested with Carbophos or Aktara.


These small insects with transparent wings in the apartment usually appear in the bathroom or toilet. Butterflies are small flies with wings fringed with dark fringes. They are well recognizable due to the special shape of the wings.

The photo shows a common butterfly (Psychodidae):

Бабочница (Psychodidae)

Бабочницы выглядят как маленькие пушистые мушки серого цвета

Larvae of butterflies develop in garbage, in basements and sewerage, and adult flies can scatter in all apartments, laying eggs in garbage cans and dust in cabinets.

But lice - head, pubic and ward - in the apartment are rare. They are constantly present only on the head or body of a person, and on the bed or sex are completely accidental. Finding them, you should immediately check the hair of all family members and, if infected, remove parasites as soon as possible.

Случайно обнаруженная на полу или на кровати вошь - повод провести серьезный осмотр всех членов семьи

Sometimes in the apartment you can see very small insects remotely similar to cockroaches or bedbugs. These can be their larvae of an early age (nymphs), sometimes having a translucent chitinous cover.

The photo shows a recently shedding red cockroach, which looks almost white after moulting:

Недавно полинявший таракан имеет практически белый цвет

And so does the larva of the bed bug:

Личинка постельного клопа

Such larvae can penetrate from neighboring apartments through ventilation ducts or through doors, settling or escaping from baiting. If such insects are found in single specimens, it is easy enough to destroy them. When mass contamination of the premises they occur as often as adult insects, in this case, a thorough disinfestation of the entire room should be carried out.

If you decide to fight insects yourself, then we recommend using only proven in practice tools that have shown their high efficiency:

To record "What small insects can be found in the apartment" left 9 comments.
  1. Irina :

    Good information.

  2. Irina :

    And what is the development of the book louse, its size? Can she live in human skin? We have yellowish-white capsules from the pores of the skin with a red spiral wound inside the worm. And there is a hollow tube from which microscopic transparent worms creep out, which crawl back into the skin and lay eggs in the course of crawling, which turn into these capsules ... One placed under the glasses, a microscopic insect up to 1 mm in size hatched in time, like book louse. This capsule is also stuck into the skin through this transparent worm, which climbs through this hollow tube, which half sticks out of the capsule.

  3. Natalia :

    Bedbugs ... It's a disaster. We got rid of, called 4 times service. In addition, the husband three times sprinkled. We raised all the plinths (we live on the second floor), poured foam. They sprinkled the powder "Clean house", threw the sofa. The armchairs bought new ones. Periodically we sprinkle with the spray Clean house, and powder of this brand. Vinegar when cleaning is always. Only this way you can get rid!

    • Galina :

      From bedbugs you can very easily get rid of with a Ledum: pick up the Ledum and spread out the house in all the book seats, in the sofas, cupboards, in the corners, behind the cupboards, etc.

  4. Anonymous :

    I could not really read anything, frightened pictures with these insects.

  5. Fedor :

    Bitch, shudder frighten such things, after the meeting so far I can not come to my senses.

  6. Anna :

    Help, what is this? Today noticed that I have something on my arm, and I could barely see it. This little bug is smaller than a sugar pellet.

  7. Marina :

    I noticed in the house of small insects, rather bright, gray, and some specimens are poured from gray to white. I can not get rid of it. After the lime was applied to the walls, it became smaller, but a few months later reappeared, and a lot. This is a nightmare, already on the nerves, how to get rid? In the photo it is similar to a scales.

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