Tiny wingless insects that only measure up to 6 mm and have the ability to jump 10 cm into the air are called springtails. They have a very distinctive forked appendage, called furcula. Preferring moist soil to live in and fungi and mold to feed off, they are generally found everywhere where there is wood and soil. Wood piles, flower beds, logs, timber, and stones harbor springtails. Crucial to survival is a constantly humid environment which leads them to migrate and enter homes if their surroundings are not wet enough. Boxes and pots of plants and every area of the house where moisture accumulates are prone to be infested by springtails.

However, they do not bite humans or destroy the structure. To prevent, control, and eliminate springtails it is important to control moisture levels in the building. Water leaks must be located and fixed and other humidity issues addressed. Anywhere where mildew and dampness are present perfect conditions for a springtail infestation are created. The use of dehumidifiers and vents might be necessary to control moisture levels. Gutters should be kept clean and downspouts cannot release water close to the foundation. Leaves should be racked regularly, and mulch and fire food moved at least 15 cm from the house. A trained pest control professional should inspect the home to point out entry points that need to be sealed and establish a treatment plan.

Fun facts about springtails:

1they are most active in the afternoon
2they seek out moist environments
3they can jump about 8 inches high
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