Springtails will not bite or cause any damage to people or pets. They mainly feed on decaying organic matter.

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Approximately less than 6 mm (0.24 in) in length
  • Have internal mouthparts
  • Most species have a furcula, an abdominal, tail-like appendage shaped like a fork
  • They are capable of jumping when threatened

WHAT ATTRACTS SPRINGTAILS?

  • Moist environments such as soil (especially compost soil), leaf litter, under bark or decaying wood, and organic matter
  • They may invade homes or move to more favorable outdoor areas such as places near swimming pools
  • Greenhouses

PREVENTION OF SPRINGTAIL INFESTATION:

  • Close doors, window screens, and vent pipes
  • Make sure all doors and windows are tightly closed with no gaps or entryways for springtails to enter homes
  • Reduce moisture and excess organic matter in gardens, plant pots, and around building foundations
  • Pesticides are usually not necessary and won't provide long-term control of springtails without reducing the springtail's environment