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Getting Rid of Springtails In Your Home

Springtails are tiny insects, measuring between 1mm to 6mm, that get their name from their ability to jump using a specialized spring-like structure on their belly. While mostly harmless, large springtail populations can become a nuisance inside your home. Here's what attracts springtails and how to eliminate an infestation.

Where Are Springtails Usually Found?

Springtails thrive in damp areas and are most commonly found around bathroom and kitchen sinks, floor drains, pipes, potted plants, and in basements or crawlspaces with excess moisture. They feed on mold and fungus, so fixing any moisture issues is key.

What Do Springtails Look Like?

Springtails are very small and come in white, grey, yellow, or black. They have six legs and long antennae, with a tube-like structure under their belly that allows them to spring several inches into the air. They may amass in large swarms in damp corners of your home.

Inspecting For A Springtail Infestation

Check for springtails in moist areas, especially around drains, pipes, potted plants, behind walls, or under sinks. Look for swarming insects around lights at night. Place sticky traps around suspected areas to monitor for activity. Pay attention outside too - heavy populations outdoors can lead springtails to migrate inside.

How To Get Rid of Springtails

  • Fix any plumbing leaks or water intrusions

  • Repair cracks and seal openings pipes or drains may be used to access your home

  • Install a dehumidifier to maintain humidity under 50%

  • Remove excess clutter and storage around potential springtail habitats

  • Apply insecticidal dust into wall voids, under appliances, or behind electrical outlets

For severe springtail infestations, contact the pest control experts at BREDA Pest Management. We offer targeted treatments for drain and pipe springtail populations. Prevent future springtail problems by eliminating excess moisture and sealing up pest entry points in your home.