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Springtails

What are springtails?

Springtails are a type of nuisance pest that are attracted to areas of high moisture.  They are found living outside in moist soil and under piles of leaves.  Inside of homes they can be found on window sills, in showers and sinks.  They can live year-round, even in snowy conditions, due to a special protein that they produce that acts as a sort-of anti-freeze.  They are referred to as “snow fleas” because their small black bodies can be seen jumping and moving on the top of snow.

What do springtails look like?

Springtails are grayish-black in color and they have a soft, segmented oblong body.  They have 6 short legs and are wingless.  Springtails move most effectively by using a catapult-like (furcular) appendage located on the underside of their abdomen.  The appendage works very effectively to move them in the air (3-4 inches) and away from predators or other perceived threats.

Why do I have a springtail problem?

Springtails typically live outdoors in garden and mulch areas.  They will sometimes move indoors looking for suitable living conditions and are usually found in moist areas like crawl spaces, basements, bathrooms, and kitchen areas.  Springtails can also be brought into your home on the underside of potted plants.

Are springtails dangerous?

Springtails are not considered dangerous pests because they do not bite, sting or cause damage to property.   They are considered to be nuisance pests.

How can I get rid of springtails from my home?

Getting rid of a springtail infestation can be a frustrating task and is one that is best left up to a professional pest control expert.  A professional will be able to find all springtail infested areas of your home and safely get rid of them.  If springtails have become an issue in your home contact the professionals at Allgood today to see how our year-round residential pest control services can help.

How can I prevent a springtail infestation?

There are several things you can do to prevent problems with springtails in your home.  

  • Seal any small cracks or crevices in the foundation of your home

  • Repair and or caulk gaps and cracks around windows and doors

  • Reduce the humidity levels in your home by using dehumidifiers or air-conditioners