04/25/17

What To Do When Springtails Invade

What To Do When Springtails Invade

4/25/2017

Ask any ten-year-old who is in the habit of turning over rocks or rotting logs just to see what’s underneath and they have probably seen a few springtails. These tiny insects are most often found in damp soil in undisturbed locations such as under stones and logs. These pests are light brown or cream colored generally but can be darker as well. They have an appendage shaped like a fork on the end of their abdomen called a furcula which helps them spring forward when released.

Springtails are typically found outside, but during dry periods they may seek shelter in any damp area. It is essential to their survival that they remain moist so they are often found in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens, or even in walls if there is moisture damage there. It can be very concerning for a homeowner unfamiliar with these pests as they enter in extremely large numbers and quickly take over an area.

The good news is these pests are not dangerous. They do not bite or sting and are not known to carry with them any disease that can affect humans or pets. However, by the sheer number of them that are found together, it is a huge inconvenience in a home.

There is more good news. Springtails can be prevented. These pests only go where they can find moisture so any wet areas of the home should be addressed. Spend some time checking the basement, attic, or crawlspaces for access humidity and make sure that these areas are properly ventilated or you can try a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air. Make sure that any boxes that may be stored in those areas have not been damaged by the moisture and consider changing the cardboard for sealable plastic totes instead. Fix any leaking pipes or clogged drainage areas in the house. Springtails can even be found in the soil of overwatered plants, so be careful with plant care. Outside, you can make sure that your foundation has no cracks and if it does, seal it tightly with caulking. Rake any mulch or wet leaves away from the side of the house and keep any grass or bushes trimmed and away from the siding.

If you should find that springtails have moved into your home, give us a call today. We understand that having any type of infestation in your home can be very stressful for a homeowner. Count on our team to be professional and courteous while we work with you to remove the problem pests from the home and help you identify any problem areas. With Schendel Pest Services, you can rest assured that your home will be pest-free before you know it.