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Springtails

Description:

  • Size: minute, 1/32 to 1/8 inch.
  • ┬áColor: ranges from whitish-gray to blue-gray.
  • Wingless, body shape varies from linear to humpbacked.

Habits of Springtails:

  • Occur in large number in moist soil and can be found in homes with high humidity, organic debris, or mold.
  • Feed on fungi, fungal spores, and decaying, damp vegetation, causing organic material.
  • Capable of jumping up to 4 inches by using a forked, spring-loaded appendage found on the tip of their abdomen.
  • Time from egg to adult takes 5-11 weeks.

Look for:

  • Over-watered plants that may encourage springtail reproduction.
  • Individuals trapped on a pool surface from adjacent plantings.Springtail

Damage Caused by Springtails:

  • Springtail are not harmful to people in any way.
  • In large numbers, springtails may damage some plants.
  • The presence of springtails typically indicates an area with excess moisture and possibly fungus. Controlling this primary problem will reduce springtail populations.

How to Control and Kill Spingtails:

  • Springtails are best controlled through removal of the moisture source.
  • Seal cracks in the house, especially those that allow light to shine outdoors that will attract springtails.
  • Do not over-water plants, and inspect plants and their soil before bring new plants in the house.
  • Locate organic matter such as a compost pile away from any buildings.

Innovative Pest Management serves the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Call us at (240) 755-0077 to schedule a free quote or appointment.

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