How to Identify Springtails
Springtails are tiny insects that measure from 0.25 to 6 mm. They have a soft, compact and wingless body and short, slender legs. They have short antennae. They have chewing mouthparts and small eyes. Synonymous with their name, they have a spring-loaded structure, called furcula, underside their abdomens.
Springtails exist in many colors – white, gray, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange; however, they are usually whitish or gray. They can be found all year round. Because they don’t have wings, springtails move around by jumping, up to 10 centimeters.
Springtails Eating and Feeding Habits
Springtails live in damp and moist soil because they can rapidly lose water through their cuticle. When their habitat becomes dry, they look for places with moisture. They feed on decaying matter and vegetation like mold, bacteria, pollen, algae, lichens, fungus, etc. They can enter through tiny holes in walls, windows, door thresholds, etc. They are also commonly noticed in potted plants, trapped sinks, and tubs. Springtails are attracted to light and moisture.
There are no threats associated with spring tails. They do not bite or sting humans and do not damage buildings. They are just nuisance pests to have in your home, garden or office.
How to Prevent Springtails in Home
If you find any sign of spring tails in your yard, home or office, immediately Contact Crown Pest for the best spring tail elimination treatment. Our specialists are adept at recognizing the species involved, the severity of the problem, and any potential threats. Our professionals will visit your premises and take the time to inspect the critical areas and common habitats. Accordingly, they use the most-advanced and the most-effective treatment to make your home, office and surroundings pest-free.
Some DIY Tips to Get Rid of Springtails
- Eliminate any dampness.
- Do not over water plants.
- Repair all leaks in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
- Improve ventilation in crawl spaces by using dehumidifiers.
- Get rid of mulch from your foundation.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Contact Crown Pest to check areas conducive to springtail propagation and to prevent these pests from invading your premises.