tiny gray springtail in tennessee

How To Identify Springtails

Springtails are very tiny. They only grow to be about 1/16th of an inch in length which is about the size of a pinhead. They have a segmented and elongated body that is grayish-purple in color and is covered in protective scales. Springtails are wingless but have a unique catapult system that allows them to jump short distances. These tiny creatures are active year-round and in the winter when they move against the contrasting white snow, they are referred to as “snow fleas” because of the way they jump across.

Why Do I Have A Springtail Problem?

Springtails feed on rotting plant materials and can be found living in dark damp, very moist areas. Congregating around pools and ponds that have vegetation near them, we have more interactions with them than we realize. They can also be found around the base of gutters and air condition drainage lines, in damp soil, decaying logs, and in piles of moldy decaying leaves.

In the summer when the weather becomes too hot and dry they may move inside of homes looking for a cooler and moister environment. They are often found in basements, bathrooms, kitchen areas, and in the soil of houseplants.

Are Springtails Dangerous?

No, springtails are not dangerous to people or pets. They do not sting, bite or transmit any known diseases. They can certainly become annoying if they come in your home in large numbers and can damage young houseplants.

How Do I Control Springtails?

To get rid of springtails, Russell's Pest Control offers one-time treatment for these nuisance pests.  We also offer ongoing home pest control plans that control springtails and many other household pests including ants and mice. 

Springtail Prevention Tips

Preventing springtails can best be done by limiting the amount of moisture found in and around your home. Make sure that gutters are free of clogs and downspouts drain water away from the home, fix leaky pipes and fixtures in your home, and use de-humidifiers in the high humidity areas inside.

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