Springtails

Springtails are minute insects without wings, about 1/16 of an inch in length. They are white to brownish-yellow, gray or blue-gray in color, and their bodies are linear or globular in shape. They are not a threat to people, but the hatchlings can cause damage to plants by eating the roots and stems.

 

Attached to the tip of the abdomen is a forked appendage, similar to a lever, called the furcula and a clasp called the tenaculum which holds the furcula to the abdomen. When disturbed or threatened, the springtail’s releases the furcula, which strikes the ground and causes it to spring into the air. If on a person when this occurs the force of the furcula being released may feel similar to a flea bite. The name springtail comes from this action.

 

Springtails are found in moist soil, such as in potted plants, in mulch, and in homes with high humidity, organic debris or mold. They feed on fungi, and decaying damp vegetation.

 

They and are attracted to light, and enter your home through cracks and crevices. They are also be brought into the house in the soil of potted plants. Be careful not to overwater as this encourages springtail reproduction.

 

Help to control springtails:

  • They are treated by misting the areas where their found mixing 1% dishwashing soap in water.
  • Check plants for springtail activity before bringing them into the house.
  • Do not overwater house plants.
  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk.
  • Weather-strip around doors and windows.

 

Over the counter remedies may or may not work. If you ere having continual issues with springtails, contact a professional. We are highly trained and equipped to handle your situation.