Springtails

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet

Season

  • Summer

Color

Size

0.03 - 0.13 inch

Inch Long

Shape

Oval

What do Springtails look like?

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.

What are the signs of Springtails?

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.

What Damage do Springtails cause?

Springtails may damage young plants but cause no harm to established plants. They cause no harm to your home.

How do you prevent Springtails?

To prevent springtails from entering your home:

  • Seal 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 dehumidifier when necessary.

How do I get rid of Springtails?

Springtails can be difficult to completely eliminate without professional help. They’re difficult to see and thus difficult to remove.

Can Springtails hurt me?

Springtails do not cause any harm to people and are not known to transmit any diseases.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

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