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