Springtails

Identification

  • Colour Dark grey to whitish
  • Size About 1 to 3 mm long
  • Description Have three pairs of legs, no wings, and short antennae. At the tip of their abdomen, they have an extension known as a furcula, which looks like a long clasp folding underneath the body.
  • Notes In threatening situations, the furcula acts as an ejector seat, launching the springtail safely into the air.

General Facts

Why do I have springtails?

Springtails prefer to live in moist, organic materials, such as mulched gardens, potted plants, or in large agricultural fields near food sources of dead, organic materials. When springtails head indoors in winter, it is usually to find moisture and warmth in bathrooms, kitchens, or basements or to take refuge from excess heat and dryness outdoors. Springtails feed on algae, fungi, and decaying matter, which may range from rotting vegetables to animal remains. Some species feed on living plants and even fungal spores and pollens.

How worried should I be about springtails?

Springtails pose no real threat to people or property, but can congregate in large numbers, which produces an unnerving and even repulsive sight. Springtails can reproduce at alarmingly rapid rates if conditions are humid enough, with a springtail developing from egg to adult in only three weeks. To break the cycle and end a springtail infestation, you need a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent springtails invading?

Remove excess moisture from the home, Fix leaky plumbing and gutters, Seal cracks and crevices in foundations, Move fresh mulch away from the home, Make sure rooms are ventilated, Use dehumidifiers if needed

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