Hi Everyone, Glad to be here! At night, I notice these black bugs flying all over close to the ceiling in the same room as where I grow my microgreens. I'm in the northeast. At first, I thought they were attracted to the grow lights and they managed to get though the window screens some how, but I've since closed my windows I'm starting to think they're burrowed in the microgreen soil (cococoir) during the day but how did they get there? During the day, I don't see them. Only until I water microgreens at night (10-11pm) and then they appear out of no where flying near the ceiling and closer to ambient light. (When I water them during the day, I don't see the bugs.) They're easy to catch; I just raise a paper towel to the ceiling or wall where they like to rest and pinch into them...but they're tough and very hard to crush and kill. (I hate killing anything, but I was freaking-out a bit!) The first night, I must have caught 30 of them! They second night, I caught like 15 of them. They just kept appearing out of no where. So I brought my microgreens outside to see if the situation starts to improve. My question is, does anyone know what type of bug this is so I have a chance at knowing where they're coming from and how they got in the house? It seems to be a black beetle but I'm not sure- they have the ridges in the wing area. They're shiny and only like a 3/16 to a 1/4 inch long and a 1/16 of an inch wide. From a distance, in the paper towel, they look like mouse droppings. If I knew what they were, I could start to learn how to get rid of them and continue to grow my microgreens. Maybe the cause is one particular microgreen I'm growing which is sunflower, pea, curled cress and cilantro-- if that matters. Thanks so much!
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