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Springtails

springtail on wooden deck

What do springtails look like?

Adult springtails are small, only growing between 1/32 and 1/8 of an inch in length. To the human eye springtails appear gray or black in color, but in reality they come in a wide variety of colors including orange, yellow, purple, grayish, and blue. Wingless, poor vision, and soft bodies make springtails seem helpless but they have a secret weapon - their “furcular”. The furcular is a tail-like appendage located underneath of their abdomen.  When released, it causes springtails to “fly” through the air and out of harm’s way.

Are springtails dangerous?

Springtails are not dangerous to people, pets, or to the structure of buildings. They are nuisance pests when they sneak inside homes and structures.  

Why do I have a springtail problem?

Springtails typically live outside in moist soil, feeding on and breaking down decaying vegetation, insect feces, bacteria, and pollen. If the soil they are living in becomes too dry they migrate to a new location that provides adequate moisture.  Cracks or crevices in the foundation of a home or spaces found around exterior doors are all potential entry points.  Inside, springtails are often found in basements, bathrooms, crawl spaces, or any other humid area of a home.

Can I control springtails?

The best way to stop springtails from infesting your home is to contact a pest control company.  At Arrow Pest Control, we are an experienced NJ pest control team that offers effective solutions for springtails and other pests that invade homes in our area.  Our technicians have the training, knowledge and products needed to eliminate pest infestations.  Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control services or, if you’re a business owner/manager, how we can help your company stay pest-free!

How do I make my property less attractive to springtails?

To deter springtails and other occasional invaders, we recommend:

  • Reducing moisture levels in your home by installing de-humidifiers and/or air-conditioners in your home.
  • Making sure that gutters are working properly and that water is being directed away from your home.
  • Sealing cracks and crevices found in the foundation of your home.
  • Caulking gaps found around windows and doors.
  • Installing covers on vents.


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