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Have a Springtail Problem?

Description

Springtails are tiny grey to black insects that live in very wet soil and feed on fungus and molds. It gets its name from its ability to leap when disturbed, using its long tail like appendage to propel it out of the way of potential predators. Because of its small size it may be mistaken for the common flea. It is a nuisance but harmless to humans and pets.

Springtails are very prolific and can usually be found in large numbers under landscaping rocks or stones, potted plants, or other places where water accumulates. They can tolerate cold and have even been seen in large numbers on the top of snow. If indoors, Springtails will be living in wet basements, near water leaks or other standing water.

Color

Gray or black

Size

1/16”

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Springtails are tiny insects. Their size ranges from 0.25 to 6 mm. They get their name from a spring-loaded structure, called the furcula, located on the underside of their abdomen. When the insect is disturbed, the furcula is released causing the insect to be flung into the air. One jump can cover 10 centimeters.

Control Advice

Reduce mulch layers, water plants only when necessary, and provide adequate drainage around plants. Reduce or eliminate plants that require overwatering next to the home. Water features should have adequate drainage to prevent standing water.

Active Seasons

Springtails may be active in any season.

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