What do springtails look like?

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Springtails are very tiny pests; adults only grow to be between 1/32 of an inch and 1/8 of an inch in length.  Springtails are wingless, soft-bodied, and come in a variety of colors (purple, gray, blue, green, yellow, or orange), but because they are so tiny they all just look like grayish colored flecks.  Springtails have six legs and a specialized tail-like appendage located under their abdomen that they use to catapult themselves away from predators and other threats.

Springtail behaviors

Springtails need to live in a moist environment to survive because they can rapidly lose moisture through their bodies.  Outside, springtails live in moist soil and underneath leaves and grass piles.  Springtails move indoors if the weather outside becomes too hot or dry.  Once inside, springtails are typically found in bathrooms gathered around showers, tubs, and sinks, in kitchens, around window sills, and in damp basements or crawl spaces.

Scavengers, springtails feed on decaying vegetation, fungi, bacteria, pollen, dead insects, and insect feces.

Are springtails dangerous?

No, springtails are not dangerous; they are a nuisance pest.  They do not cause any harm to people and are not known to transmit any diseases.  Springtails may damage young plants but cause no harm to established plants.  Once they enter a home these pests often prove to be an annoyance and difficult to get rid of.

Can Suburban help with a springtail problem?

Yes, we do.  If springtails have taken up residence in your home, our highly trained pest control professionals are ready to help.  We also offer an ongoing home pest control program that is designed to stop pests no matter the type or the season.  With routine service visit, professional inspections and unlimited service calls, you can count on our Long Island pest control company to get rid of springtails and other house infesting insects and rodents.  For businesses on Long Island and throughout our New York service area, we offer commercial pest control solutions that keep pests out.  Request your free estimate today or contact us with any questions.  

Springtail prevention tips

The best way to prevent springtails is to go on the offense.  Make your home inhospitable to these nuisance pests by:

  • Sealing gaps around doors and windows and fix cracks in the foundation.

  • Eliminate moisture by repairing leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures that are not working properly.

  • Control your home’s humidity by running a de-humidifier when necessary.   


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