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Pest Guide > Springtails

What do springtails like?


Adult springtails are very small in size growing only to between 1/32 and 1/8th of an inch in length. They have a tail-like appendage called a furcular that is located underneath of the abdomen. The springtail releases this special appendage which sends them “jumping” through the air and away from danger. Springtails are wingless, have 6 legs, and are soft bodied. They come in a variety of colors including orange, yellow, purple, gray, and blue; but to people they just look sort of grayish black in color, resembling a flea.

Are springtails dangerous?

Springtails are a nuisance pest, they are not harmful to people, pets, and healthy plants. They are not known to carry or transmit any diseases to people and do not bite or sting people.

Why are springtails in my home?

Springtails are typically found living outside in moist soil feeding on decaying plant matter. Springtails “breath” and absorb water through their body covering, because of this springtails need a constant source of moisture to prevent them from drying out and dying. If the weather becomes too dry or the ground becomes too saturated from heavy rains, they will emerge from the ground in very large numbers looking for a more suitable environment to live in. They will enter into homes through cracks in the foundation and exterior walls and spaces found around utility entrances; once inside they will inhabit moist humid areas like laundry rooms, crawl spaces, basements, and bathrooms.

How do you get rid of springtails?

Springtails can enter into homes in very large numbers making finding and eliminating all of them from your home a tricky task. At Spencer Pest Services we can get rid of springtails from your property through our year-round residential pest control packages. Our pest control professionals have the experience and training needed to find and safely eliminate all of the springtails that have sought refuge in your home. Contact Spencer Pest today for more information about our springtail control services.

Springtail prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control program there are several things you can do in and around your home to prevent problems with springtails. Prevention tips include:

  • Caulk gaps found in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Seal open areas found around pipes, wires, and other utilities entering into your home.

  • Fix leaky pipes or fixtures found within your home.

  • Use air conditioners or dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels within your home.

To see how Spencer Pest Services can eliminate springtails from your Greenville, upstate of South Carolina, or northern Georgia property, call us today.


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