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How To Control Springtails


When you think about common household pests, what comes to mind may not be the springtail. In fact, many homeowners don’t even know what a springtail is, much less identify them. However, these tiny buggers are quickly becoming a more prevalent pest in living areas because of their affinity for moisture. Because of how tiny they are in size and the startling height that they can jump, they are often mistaken to be fleas. However, the springtails typically do not bite or attack humans and are relatively harmless.

Even so, they can be an annoying pest to have especially when they gather in large numbers either inside or outside of your home (in your yard or garden). When springtail bugs do find a nice moist area in the home, they can multiply rather rapidly and it can be quite alarming to see these little specks bouncing around. 

At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have an assortment of products designed to take care of your springtail problem and will let you know a little bit about this pest and the best products for springtail control should you ever encounter them in your home.


Springtail Background Information

Springtails (Collembola) form the largest of the three lineages of modern hexapod. Springtails are very small bugs insects measuring about 1/16 inch in length, and come in a variety of colors (white, tan, brown, gray and black). They have soft bodies which can either be elongated and cylindrical in shape, or they can be compact and spherical.

Springtails have a forked appendage folded under their abdomen (called a “furcula”) which moves suddenly, causing them to jump. This is actually how they derived their name “springtail” because of their ability to jump as high as eight inches off the ground.

Springtails are omnivorous and have an affinity for moisture. Their diet consists of fungi and mold but they can also regularly eat decaying vegetation. Springtails prefer to live wherever there is darkness and dampness such as under slabs, mulch, around drain lines, under house siding and under piles of wood.

Indoors, springtails can be found in areas such as basements, garages, kitchens, or bathrooms.  There has been reports of large populations found in wall voids, inside rain gutters, in the water closet of a toilet and under roof shingles. They are also notorious for gathering around swimming pools On many occasions the numbers were in the tens of thousands. When the conditions are just the way they want it, they will multiply at alarming rates.

A single springtail traveling about may not be noticed without looking very hard but springtails can become conspicuous if they gather in large clusters which look similar to balls or swatches of fabric. Springing into the air, seemingly all at once, when exposed or disturbed, makes them even more conspicuous. Control of springtails can be rather difficult as they can be hard to scan around and find because they are practically moving dots.


How to Approach Springtail Control

As we noted earlier, springtail control can be quite difficult as they are tiny and not very easy to spot unless they are in clusters. If you find a springtail cluster, you may be tempted to spray them with an insecticide and feel you have eliminated the problem, but this is often not the end of a springtail problem. There is likely to be other springtails moving about because you only treated a segment of their population, but not the nest.

Even if you have a springtail infestation indoors, springtails are an outdoor issue. They merely just find their way into the house foraging for food and moisture. This is why we stress that a control program to get rid of springtails should always start outdoors. Conducting an inspection of moist areas out of the house in search of their nesting site is important.

If they are not found, we recommend routine spraying of all outdoor areas including the lawn, under shrubs, decks, mulch, garden areas to keep springtails under control. Another helpful measure is reducing moisture areas by fixing leaks, ventilation and plumbing issues.

Solutions Recommended Products for Springtail Control

To put an end to your springtail problem we recommend two steps that we have found to be successful. A combination of sprays and granules has worked wonders in depleting or completely wiping out springtail populations in and around homes.

Springtail Granule Control

We recommend Demand G Insecticide Granules or DeltaGard G Granular Insecticide. Both of these products are weather resistant and do a fantastic job of penetrating damp areas and mulch where springtails hide. Lay out a band of these granules around your home to give your home a springtail free zone around your property.

Springfield Spray Control

We have a wide variety of sprays which can eliminate springtails. You can use FenvaStar EcoCap and regularly treat your outdoor areas. The good thing about this spray is that it can also eliminate a wide range of other bothersome insects as well. Aerosol sprays like Cy-Kick Aerosol Insecticide or Temprid Ready Spray are nice options for spraying indoors around areas where you have seen springtails gather. Spray in damp areas such as under the sink as well as cracks and crevices.

Browse our selection of springtail control products below. If you have any questions or comments please chat with us online or give us a call and we’ll be glad to assist you!

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