Infestation Of Tiny Grey Brown Bug

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I live in Austin Tx and last night I noticed an INSANE amount of tiny bugs in my back yard. At first I saw them on the patio so I grabbed the Raid and started to spray. I soon realized there were thousands of them, the entire yard is crawling. I have pest control coming but it won't be for another week. I'm worried they will come inside because tonight they were crawling all over the back of the house. I tried to take pictures but they are so tiny I can't zoom in on them. They move like spiders but seem to only have 6 legs. Only a two part body, not like an ant. They're light brown/gray. Any ideas? Thank you!!


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Gardenality.com

Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Can you post a picture of the bugs?

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Andra-As Brent and Brooks mentioned a picture would definitely help. Just knowing this pest is very small and brown would identify many. I was reading that the warm temperatures and heavy rains in areas have lead to invasions of some pests across parts of Texas. Two of these are Gnats (many different varieties) and the Crane Fly. Is there any damage being done to plants or lawns that you can see? You might contact your local County Extension Service also. They may know of this insect you are seeing at this time.

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Gardenality.com

Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Great comment John. The insect may not even do any real damage. Some insects come and go without leaving much of a trace. I actually prefer to leave insects alone that don't harm me or my produce. Repellents are my personal choice of control for insects and animals. Sometimes I forget my own convictions and recommend treatments outside of what I really practice in my own landscape.

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You are right Brooks. Many of these insects cause no damage to plants or humans. Reasons they show up at times can be many, but their life cycles and factors such as climate and its changes can bring on an investation quickly and disappear just as quick. Who knows as of yet, but this insect just may be a benificial insect that may be best to leave alone. I'm sure its uncomfortable for Andra, but hopefully they won't be around long.

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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Andra - It could be the Coereopsis Leaf Beetle (Phaedon desotonis)? I've uploaded a picture. If it's not this beetle could you upload a picture to your question? To do so, click on the "Upload A Picture" link to the right of your name above next to the "Edit your question" link.

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Andra Moore

Andra Moore · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Thank you Brent for instructions on uploading a picture. My husband was able to get a few with his phone so they are attached above. Thanks again to all for any help! : )

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Looking at the picture I'm not sure what type of bug this is? It looks like some kind of leaf beetle but there are over 900 types of these. If they're not doing any damage to plants and are not going indoors, I'd give them a few days to leave on their own. In the meantime, you can check with your local extension service, nurseryman, or landscape contractor to see if they can identify it for you.

Also, you can submit the photos to WhatsThatBug.com and they might be able to identify it for you:

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ask-whats-that-bug/

If no one here can name it for you, and you find out what the name of this bug is, do let us know.

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Andra Moore

Andra Moore · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Sounds good, thank you! I'll try whatsthatbug.com and will certainly let you know if we can figure it out.

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Answer #1 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Andra,

Without a picture it will be more difficult for me to give you 100% accurate information. This being said I will inform you of a product that kills most all insects. It's easy to apply as well. It's called CYONARA 9.7. The active ingredient is Lambda-Cyhalophrin. It is available in a ready to spray bottle that you simply connect to the end of your hose and start spraying. It has a residual effect of up to several months. Check with your local independent nurseries to see if they carry this product or a similar product. If not you can buy it online. Many online stores carry Cyonara.

The product label states that it can be used indoors, outdoors, around homes or commercial establishments, agricultural areas and food handling areas. Make sure to read the label entirely before using to determine exactly what and what not should be sprayed. Always read the label and follow the instructions on the label.

Hope this helps you.

Brooks Wilson))



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Answer #3 · Tom Kronke's Answer · did you ever find out what type of bug this was? i have them at my south austin home.)


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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I'm not really sure. Here's a link to a website that lists many types of insects in Texas:

http://www.insectidentification.org/insects-by-state.asp?thisState=Texas

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