Tiny wingless insects that only measure up to 6 mm and have the ability to jump 10 cm into the air are called springtails. They have a very distinctive forked appendage, called furcula. Preferring moist soil to live in and fungi and mold to feed off, they are generally found everywhere where there is wood and soil. Wood piles, flower beds, logs, timber, and stones harbor springtails. Crucial to survival is a constant humid environment which leads them to migrate and enter homes if their surrounding in not wet enough. Boxes and pots of plants and every area of the house that moisture accumulates is prone to be infested by springtails. However, they do not bite humans or destroy the structure. To prevent, control and eliminate springtails it is important to control moisture levels of the building. Water leaks must be located and fixed and other humidity issues addressed. Anywhere where mildew and dampness is present perfect conditions for a springtail infestation is created. The use of dehumidifiers and vents might be necessary to control moisture levels. Gutters should be kept clean and downspouts cannot release water close to the foundation. Leaves should be racked regularly, mulch and fire food moved at least 15 cm from the house. A trained pest control professional should inspect the home to point out entry points that need to be sealed and establish a treatment plan.

Fun facts about spring tails:

  • they are most active in the afternoon

  • they seek out moist environments

  • they can jump about 8 inches high