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Springtails: The Pesky Home Invaders

Springtails are tiny creatures that can become a big nuisance when they invade your home. They are often mistaken for fleas, but they are much smaller in size. Springtails can be found anywhere in your home, from the basement to the attic. They thrive in moist environments, so if you have a leaky roof or plumbing problem, you are more likely to experience a springtail infestation. In this blog post, we will discuss the biology of springtails and how to get rid of them using pest control methods.

What are Springtails?

Springtails are small, wingless insects that are members of the Collembola family. They get their name from the forked appendage (the furcula) on their abdomen which is used to spring themselves into the air. This appendage is also used to attach themselves to surfaces. Springtails range in size from 0.25-0.50 mm and can be white, gray, black, or brown in color.

Where do Springtails Live?

As we mentioned before, springtails thrive in moist environments. They are often found near sources of water such as leaky pipes, sinks, showers, and bathtubs. They can also be found in damp basements, crawl spaces, and attics. Springtails are attracted to light, so you may see them near windows or doors.

What do Springtails Eat?

Springtails feed on decaying organic matter such as leaves, grass, and wood. They also consume mold and mildew. In your home, springtails will feast on damp clothing, paper products, and food crumbs.

Why are Springtails a Problem?

While springtails do not bite or sting humans, they can become a nuisance when they invade your home in large numbers. They can also cause damage to your property by eating away at wood and other organic materials. In addition, springtails can trigger allergies and asthma attacks in sensitive individuals. If you have a springtail infestation, it is important to contact a pest control professional to get rid of them.

How Can I Prevent Springtails?

There are several things you can do to prevent springtails from entering your home:

Repair Leaky Plumbing and Roofs

Springtails are attracted to moisture, so fixing any leaks in your plumbing or roof will help deter them.

Seal Cracks and Openings in your Foundation

Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks or openings and seal them with caulk or another type of sealant.

Remove Sources of Food and Water

Keep your home clean and free of food crumbs and other organic debris. Store food in airtight containers and empty garbage cans on a regular basis.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

Gutters that are clogged with leaves and other debris can hold moisture, which will attract springtails. Be sure to clean your gutters regularly.

Maintain a Humidity Level Below 50 Percent

Springtails thrive in moist environments, so keeping your home’s humidity level below 50 percent will help discourage them.

If you have a springtail infestation, contact a pest control professional to get rid of them. Pest control professionals will use a variety of methods to get rid of springtails, such as baits, traps, and insecticides.

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