(Order: Collembola)

Introduction: Springtails are not insects but hexapods and they are widely distributed. Most springtails are dark-colored, brown, grey or black. Some species may be white and some are even brightly colored. They are usually slender and elongate, but there is a group that is round and stout. Springtails are very small, between 1/16” and 1/8” long. Springtails do not have wings and cannot fly but they can jump up to several inches using a special forked structure under the abdomen called a furcula. Springtails can often be mistaken for fleas. They are similar in size yet fleas are flattened from side to side and have very hard bodies, while springtails have a more rounded, soft body.

Habits: Springtails are naturally found between soil and plant debris, but they can inhabit many other areas where there is high moisture content. They are common in flowerbeds, under logs, paving stones, and landscape timbers where they feed on fungi, pollen, algae or decaying organic matter. When springtails are found close to the home it is typically due to high moisture conditions which could eventually lead them to move indoors. However, in most cases when springtails invade a structure, it is due to dry outdoor conditions that cause springtails to move inside to seek out moisture.

Control: If springtails are found near or in the building, then make a careful inspection to find moisture sources. Inspect areas with plumbing for leaks, check that gutters and downspouts are not blocked, ensure that plants/mulch near the home are not retaining excess moisture, and confirm that crawlspace vents are functioning properly. Removing harborage, such as leaves, grass clippings, mulch, boards and stones, from near the home will also aid in preventing infestations. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the control of occasional invaders and our pest management professionals are thoroughly trained to address your pest problems in your home or business.



About Occasional Invaders

These pests invade your home or place of business infrequently and their intrusion is typically due to a change of weather. They usually wind up indoors while seeking shelter or just happen to wander inside through open doors.