Springtail Pest Control

Quick Facts
Size 1/32” -1/8”
Color Whitish-gray; light-colored
Body Bulbous, humpback with a distinctive head and a forked appendage
Legs Yes, 8
Antennae Yes
Wings No – but can jump several inches
Can They Bite? No

Habitat

  • Outdoors
  • Prefer moist areas such as mulch, damp firewood, potted plants, and railroad ties
  • Inside they can be found around plumbing leaks, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens
  • Soil of overwatered potted plants

Habits

  • Feed on decaying leaves, algae, fungi
  • Can molt up to 50 times in the life-cycle

Springtails are small pests that are found in areas of high moisture. They do no damage and are of no threat to humans though they can be a nuisance.

Springtail Habitat

Springtails are attracted to areas of high moisture and outside they are found in mulch, damp firewood, potted plants, railroad ties, and other landscaping. When indoors, Springtails are found near plumbing leaks, in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens and other areas where there is high moisture and condensation. They will only come inside if the outdoors is too dry for them to survive.

Behavior and Damage

Springtails do not have wings and cannot fly, but they can jump several inches using a fork-shaped appendage. Springtails are nearly invisible and do not bite or do any perceivable damage to person or property. They are no more than a nuisance.

What to do if you think you have a Springtail infestation

An infestation of Springtails may point to a moisture problem in your home. Keeping areas around plumbing and other commonly damp areas dry will detract Springtails. If you think you have an infestation, give The Bug Man and Queen Bee a call and we will send someone out as soon as possible. Call the office or visit our website and our office staff will give you an estimate right over the phone. Once on the schedule, our experienced technicians will treat your house, guaranteeing that your Milwaukee-area home Springtail infestation will be exterminated. We are a family-owned, local business and we strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Give us a call today to learn more about our Springtail pest control services!