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What are these cooties? (Tiny insects? In blatticomposting bin)


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Hey folks, 

these guys have been in my composting bin for some time now. They alarmed me because they look kinda like bedbugs, but idk if they’d thrive in a cockroach bin 😱  

as with most cooties I encounter in the bin, I usually just assume it’s got some role it’s playing in the composting process… but figured I’d ask. I might need to go to other inverts to ask for an ID. 
Are they something messing with my roaches and/or other critters? (Isopods, beetles, idk anything else, there’s a lot going on in there)
If not they’re welcome to stay, nothing like good ol’ biodiversity. 
A small group of ants also formed a colony in there… one time they were raising babies in a potato haha

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Those do look like true bugs of some sort, (hence the bedbug-like look), but they are not bed bugs. Not sure what they are specifically, but based on the fact they are in a compost bin, probably predators of small invertebrates, (I don't think any true bugs are detritivores, they either drink plant sap or are predatory). 

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On 8/23/2021 at 3:15 AM, Hisserdude said:

Those do look like true bugs of some sort, (hence the bedbug-like look), but they are not bed bugs. Not sure what they are specifically, but based on the fact they are in a compost bin, probably predators of small invertebrates, (I don't think any true bugs are detritivores, they either drink plant sap or are predatory). 


Hey Hisser! 
was googling about something on my cannabis plants, and somehow stumbled upon what these little dudes might be… 

(Minute) Pirate Bugs 🏴‍☠️ 
they are omnivorous and primarily eat smaller inverts/larva/eggs and will also drink sap. 
they can/do bite humans…

”Minute Pirate Bugs (scientific name: Orius insidiosus) are all around us most of the time, and we don’t even notice them. These tiny black bugs are beneficial insects, abundant in yards, gardens, woodlands, pastures, and farmlands.

Pirate bugs are Hemiptera (true bugs) and members of the insect family Anthocoridae.”

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18 hours ago, Mwewe said:


Hey Hisser! 
was googling about something on my cannabis plants, and somehow stumbled upon what these little dudes might be… 

(Minute) Pirate Bugs 🏴‍☠️ 
they are omnivorous and primarily eat smaller inverts/larva/eggs and will also drink sap. 
they can/do bite humans…

”Minute Pirate Bugs (scientific name: Orius insidiosus) are all around us most of the time, and we don’t even notice them. These tiny black bugs are beneficial insects, abundant in yards, gardens, woodlands, pastures, and farmlands.

Huh, that actually looks like exactly what you have. Must be feeding on other insects in the tub, so probably neutral or actually beneficial to have in there (other than them possibly biting you out of defense if grabbed or squished). 

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41 minutes ago, Hisserdude said:

Huh, that actually looks like exactly what you have. Must be feeding on other insects in the tub, so probably neutral or actually beneficial to have in there (other than them possibly biting you out of defense if grabbed or squished). 

Not sure about @Mwewe's species, but at least some of them do also provide.....exploratory bites. 😅 They're not TERRIBLE, but shocking enough to where I've involuntarily jumped on the 1 or 2 occasions where I was bitten and hastily went back inside my house to contemplate why the bug gods had forsaken me so. 😢🤣

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2 minutes ago, All About Arthropods said:

Not sure about @Mwewe's species, but at least some of them do also provide.....exploratory bites. 😅 They're not TERRIBLE, but shocking enough to where I've involuntarily jumped on the 1 or 2 occasions where I was bitten and hastily went back inside my house to contemplate why the bug gods had forsaken me so. 😢🤣

Huh, well I've never really seen any myself, so I wouldn't know, thanks for the tip! Sounds rather unpleasant lol!

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3 minutes ago, Hisserdude said:

Huh, well I've never really seen any myself, so I wouldn't know, thanks for the tip! Sounds rather unpleasant lol!

I haven't found any either, besides those couple times they found me. 😂 Yeah, I 10/10 would not recommend. 

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