- Size: minute, 1/32 to 1/8 inch.
- Color: 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.
- Over-watered plants that may encourage springtail reproduction.
- Individuals trapped on a pool surface from adjacent plantings.
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.