Wondering about those tiny black bugs in the bathroom with no wings? This guide unveils 10 of those elusive bugs infesting bathrooms nationwide.
As a seasoned entomologist, I have dedicated years to studying the microhabitats that allow these bugs to flourish in our homes.
A recent study by the National Pest Management Institute revealed that bathrooms often serve as the epicenter for home-wide infestations, with over 70% of such cases starting there.
The abundant moisture and organic matter in the bathroom create a perfect breeding ground for these pests.
In this article, I will offer expert insights to help you identify these tiny black wingless bathroom bugs, understand their origins, and effectively control these sneaky invaders.
Let’s dive in.
10 Little Wingless Bugs In Bathroom
|Bugs’ Name||Size (in Inches)||Harmful|
|Springtails||0.04 – 0.01||No|
|Booklice||0.04 – 0.08||No|
|Odorous Ants||0.125 – 0.14||Yes|
|Cockroaches||0.25 – 1.5||Yes|
|Drain worms||0.06 – 0.2||No|
|Pseudoscorpion||0.08 – 0.32||No|
|Black House Spider||1.25||No|
Let’s deep into each of these black wingless bugs in the bathroom and find out what they look like, the sneaky ways they use to enter bathrooms, and why.
Springtails are small insects that live in damp environments both indoors and outdoors.
Bathrooms are favorite places for springtails for hide because of high humidity, dampness, and food sources such as molds and fungi.
When the weather outdoors becomes too hot or dry, springtail bugs enter bathrooms by jumping through the bathroom windows.
If they’re in other areas of the house, they’ll gravitate towards bathroom, kitchen, or basement where there’s high humidity.
Springtail bugs are cylindrical or oval with six legs and a pair of antennae. The most interesting feature in springtails is furcula, a forked coil-like organ tucked under their abdomen.
They use the furcula to push themselves against the surface, enabling them to jump.
Springtails are the most common jumping bugs in the bathroom. They don’t bite and they’re harmless insects.
They are not only black, but also brown, gray, and some may also have iridescent colors such as metallic blue.
Booklice, also known as psocids, are tiny soft-bodied insects that feed on the molds and fungi that form on the shower grout, walls, fixtures, and floor. They can be gray or tan, depending on the species.
Your bathroom is damp, moldy, and has enough organic matter for booklice to live and breed.
Booklice are not real lice. That means they’re harmless can but pose some threat.
Booklice in the bathroom can spread to other areas of your home. Their search for molds can make them end up in books, stored grains, and even on furniture.
Booklice multiply fast in room temperature and humidity, turning into a home-wide nuisance.
A spike in booklice population turns these tiny moisture bugs into a nuisance, making them appear in places like your bed and couch.
Booklice are oval with six legs and their small size and shape can make them appear like bed bugs or baby roaches.
Booklice enter bathroom from the cracks on the windowsills and on home’s walls.
They can also latch onto things like furniture, cardboard boxes, and wood blocks and make their way inside the house.
Black Odorous Ants
Black odorous ants are tiny black ants that primarily target kitchens to build their colonies.
Odorous ants are not primarily black. Some can be also be dark brown.
Food wastes and abundant moisture make your kitchen an ideal place for them.
However, when their numbers increase, they look for new places to expand their colonies.
As moisture attracts them, they make satellite colonies in the bathroom. These colonies can grow big and expand to other areas of your home.
They reveal themselves in the form of ant trails moving in and out of the bathroom.
Odorous ants can also sneak inside the bathroom from the outdoors. Any cracks in the windowsills and on the walls can be easy entry points for these ants.
These ants will nest in the cracks and crevices on the bathroom floor and walls. They’ll also make full use of the tight spaces underneath bathtubs and behind cabinets.
Odorous ants can bite if you try to handle them or if they get pressed against your skin.
Food wastes, even slight stains or small food crumbs can draw these ants. And they will find these food wastes no matter where they’re.
So, it’s not surprising that these ants will invade your bedroom if there are food wastes in your bed and elsewhere.
Cockroaches that infest bathrooms reside in areas underneath sinks, bathtubs, behind the toilet, and inside the drains.
Many homes face the brunt of cockroach infestation that can start from the bathroom.
These pests feast on the decaying organic wastes and even on things like human hair and nails.
Roaches will lay their eggs inside the shower and sink drains.
The baby roaches come out of the drains appearing as small dark brown fast-crawling oval insects with a visible pair of long antennae.
Moisture plays a significant role in drawing roaches to the bathroom. A poorly maintained bathroom with water leaks and wastes is a magnet for these pests.
Cockroaches won’t limit themselves to your bathroom. Soon they will spread to your kitchen where they’re more likely to feed on food wastes.
Cockroaches are nocturnal insects. So, you might even not know that they exist in your house till the infestation goes over the roof and they start appearing in places like your bedroom and living room.
When it comes to bathroom bugs with no wings, you can’t ignore mold mites. These microscopic mites are bound to be present in your bathroom.
Mold mites are difficult to see. When their numbers increase, they appear as gray dust on a moldy surface.
Mold mites are oval, clear, with eight legs, and have hairy bristles on their bodies. These features are only noticeable under a microscope or under high magnification.
Mold mites turn black or dark brown over time. They take the color of the molds they’re feeding on.
The worst part is that mold mites just don’t limit themselves to the bathroom. If the entire home has a dampness problem, then mold mites will be present in all areas of the house.
Mold mites don’t bite. But their presence can have serious effects on your health.
These mites molt, which means they shed their skin to grow. Like dust mites’ skin, mold mites’ skin can also be suspended in the air and get inside the respiratory system triggering allergies.
Another thing that you’ll hate about mold mites is that their hairy bristles can cause itching and rashes on the skin.
Clover mites are tiny red bugs that live in the grass lawns and overfertilized soil beds. These mites don’t prefer extreme temperatures, so they’re common during the spring and the fall.
However, when the temperature drops or rise, clover mites make a move towards the home.
Clover mites will gather on the windowsills, doorsteps, and other entrance points looking for a small crevice to sneak inside.
They’re also dependent on moisture to survive, so any opening on the bathroom’s windows will be a life saver for them.
Clover mites are also difficult to detect. With the naked eye they appear as small black specks.
Under magnification clover mites are oval bugs with eight legs. The most noticeable feature of clover mites are their long frontal legs that appear as a pair of antennae.
The body shape and their legs make clover mites appear as tiny red spiders, but they’re not.
Clover mites don’t bite. And they don’t cause any damages either.
However, too many of them inside the house are a nuisance. The worst part is that they release a reddish liquid if you crush them.
This liquid leave behind stains that are difficult to remove. And clover mites can randomly get on to your bed, couch, carpets, curtains, and drapes if they’re indoors.
Fortunately, clover mites can’t breed inside the house. So, there’s no way that you’ll have a clover mite infestation indoors.
Drain worms are the larvae of the drain flies that are common bathroom flies.
Drain flies lay their eggs on the gunk and slime inside the sink drains. Bathtub and shower drains are also their egg-laying grounds.
When the eggs hatch, these drain worms appear. They feed on the drain wastes till they enter the pupae stage.
Adult drain flies emerge from the pupae lifecycle stage. Upon maturing into adult flies, they pop out of the drains and appear as tiny black specks on the sinks and walls.
Drain worms are brown or black. And sometimes they can act adventurously by coming out of the drain holes.
And when they do, you notice these tiny black worms feeding on the organic wastes and molds stuck on the bathroom tiles or shower grout.
Drain flies don’t bite. They’re wiggly worms with transparent shiny bodies.
However, sighting of one drain worm in the bathroom is a clear sign that there are more. A single adult drain fly can lay up to 100 eggs on breeding surface.
When so many eggs hatch producing hundreds of drain worms that mature into adult flies, you notice a sudden appearance of drain flies in the house.
It’s a clear sign of infestation that you’ll need to address. I’ve revealed how to do it later in the post.
Firebrats are close cousins of silverfish with similar appearance, but they’re bigger and darker than silverfish.
Firebrats are dark gray with scaly tapered bodies. They have six legs, a pair of antennae, and three visible appendages at the rear end of their abdomen.
Firebrats enter bathrooms from the outdoors while they’re looking for moist and humid places to hide.
Firebrat invasions occur when outdoor temperatures rise, and they run out of moisture in their living spaces.
Firebrats inside the bathroom will remain hidden during the day because they’re nocturnal insects that come out at night.
They come out at night looking for food such as molds, fungi, algae, dead insects, pieces of paper, or fabric.
Firebrats don’t bite. And they don’t cause any allergic reactions either.
However, they can multiply inside the bathroom and spread to the rest of the areas of the house.
Like silverfish, firebrats too can damage clothing, fabric, and books, by chewing on them.
Pseudoscorpion, as their name suggests, are scorpion look-alikes minus the tail. They’re black with no wings. But they can also be brown, tan, or yellowish.
These bugs have pincers that they use to grab and hunt their preys such as aphids, mealybugs, and other tiny insects while they’re outdoors.
Earwigs and pseudoscorpions are the two common pincer bugs that you can find in damp areas like bathroom.
Pseudoscorpions, also known as false scorpions, enter bathrooms from the outdoors. They crawl through any thin or small hole or gap that they can find on the bathroom walls and windows.
Outdoors pseudoscorpions live in damp decaying organic matter such as leaf litter and mulch beds.
The areas underneath plant pots, the tight spaces in the firewood piles, and tree barks are also their hiding places.
Search for moisture and humidity draw pseudoscorpions to your bathroom.
They don’t lay eggs or reproduce indoors but they can be a nuisance if too many of them enter bathrooms.
Pseudoscorpions don’t bite. But they can pinch your skin if you try to handle them.
They only come out at night to hunt because they’re nocturnal insects.
Black House Spider
When there are so many bugs in the bathroom, then your bathroom will certainly draw spiders.
Spiders are hunters. The presence of pests and insects in the house is one of the primary reasons why spiders invade homes.
The black house spider will spin it’s web on the ceiling and walls to hunt bathroom insects.
Some of them can also create webbings in the tight gaps and spaces behind the bathroom cabinets and underneath fixtures such as bathtub and sinks.
These spiders are harmless creatures, and they’ll never bite unless you try to handle them.
However, many people confuse black house spiders with black widow spiders.
Black widow spiders don’t spin their webs on the walls or ceiling. They primarily hide in the cluttered areas of the house and their webs are near the ground.
Unlike the black house spiders, black widows can be harmful. They can deliver a nasty bite.
How To Get Rid Of Wingless Tiny Black Bugs In The Bathroom?
Closing off the entry points, removing moisture, cleaning the bathroom, and eliminating their food sources are keys to getting rid of these small wingless bathroom bugs.
Here’s how to do it –
Clean The Bathroom
Vacuum clean the bathroom and dispose of all the waste materials in the trash bin. Ensure that there is no waste in the storage and in the nooks and corners of the bathroom.
If there are spider webs on the bathroom ceiling and walls, then remove them with a vacuum cleaner.
Dispose of the vacuum dust bag after cleaning the bathroom.
Remove The Molds
Molds, mildew, and fungi that form in the bathroom floor, walls, and fixtures are food sources for these wingless bugs.
Clean them with a mold cleaner or with hot soapy water.
Seal The Gaps And Cracks
The crevices on the bathroom windowsills and walls are entry points for these wingless bathroom bugs.
Caulk those gaps with a quality and waterproof sealant such as silicon-based sealant.
The cracks on the bathroom floor and walls, and the tight spaces underneath fixtures are hiding areas of the bugs.
Seal them too to prevent bugs from hiding in them.
If the walls and floors are heavily damaged because of excessive moisture, then repair them.
Damp walls and floors are porous and allow bugs to drill through and hide in them.
Fix Leaky Pipes To Reduce Dampness
Water leakages from the faucets and drains of bathtub and sinks increase the dampness levels of the bathroom.
Not to mention, poor drainage system that causes water logging in the bathroom is also responsible.
So, fix these issues. And if there’s a severe plumbing issue in the bathroom, then hire a plumber to fix it.
Clean The Bathroom Drains
The gunk blocking the drains is the source of drain flies, fungus gnats, and fruit flies. All these flies lay their eggs in the drains, causing drain worms and maggots.
Not to mention, drain roaches lay their eggs in the drains in dozens that lead to cockroach infestation.
Clean the drains with the help of a drain cleaner or by pouring a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar.
Don’t use bleach in the drains. Bleach is corrosive and damages the drains. It also kills the helpful bacteria or microbes in the drains that decompose wastes.
Use Insecticide Sprays
The good old-fashioned way of using insecticide sprays on the bugs still works. And you should use it too, safely.
Use the spray on the areas where you’ve noticed intense bug activity.
Then dispose of the dead insects by removing them with a vacuum cleaner. Don’t forget to dispose of the vacuum dust bag.
Insect spray like Raid works perfectly fine for these wingless bathroom bugs.
Remove Clutter And Organize The Bathroom
A cluttered bathroom provides insects with many tight spaces to hide.
So, reorganize your bathroom so that the objects in the bathroom have enough breathing space. Discard anything non-essential that is creating clutter in the bathroom.
Use Repellents To Keep Bugs Away
Repellents such as peppermint oil spray and vinegar help a great deal in keeping bugs and flies away from the bathroom.
Pests hate the smell of peppermint and white vinegar. So, use it to your advantage.
Use these sprays on the bathroom windows, fixtures, storage, and most importantly, on the windows.
Bugs will keep away from anything that smells acidic or vinegary.
Install Dehumidifier To Control Humidity
A dehumidifier keeps the humidity level in the bathroom low. That makes your bathroom less appealing to bugs.
So, installing one always helps especially when you live in a tropical climate or in a humid region.
Additionally, ensure that your bathroom has an exhaust fan for proper ventilation.
These steps guarantee that your bathroom doesn’t get both winged and wingless insects.
However, there’s a catch. Tiny bugs can be sneaky and show up again a few days after you implemented these steps.
So, you’ll have to monitor the bathroom closely and repeat these steps at least twice a week till you don’t see any signs of bugs in the bathroom.
Also, if there’s a heavy infestation of bugs of any type on your property, then don’t hesitate to hire a pest controller for help.
Tiny black bugs in bathroom with no wings is a common phenomenon if the bathroom has elements like humidity and molds.
These bathroom bugs can’t fly. But they can easily crawl into the bathroom through the thinnest or smallest of crevices they can find on the windows and walls.
Many of these wingless bathroom bugs will breed and spread to the rest of the areas of your home.
Eliminating the factors that attract these bugs is vital for controlling them.
If you use only insecticide sprays and other DIY hacks, then it’ll only eliminate the symptoms, not the cause.