Springtails are creatures that are only around half a millimeter long, which is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence! A springtail, as the name suggests, has a unique feature in its tail that allows it to jump a full six inches into the air; this is the equivalent of a human being able to jump over the Eiffel Tower!
These fascinating little creatures are drawn to moisture since they need to keep themselves moist at all times in order to survive. They even come specially equipped with a grooming dispenser which contains fluid that they spread over their bodies to keep moisture in. Normally, these tiny little creatures stay in damp soil where they eat mold and fungi and are commonly found underneath landscape timbers, paving stones, and woodpiles. Once they are established they will begin to reproduce.
If you are beginning to experience these creatures inside your home, you may be wondering why they are coming in. Here we will establish what conditions need to be present in order for these annoying pests to enter your home--sometimes by the hundreds, and sometimes by the thousands. We will also give you some steps you can take to try and keep them out of your home.
Do you live in a new home?
Sometimes, when a home is being built, it gets wet, and a moisture issue develops. If you have a new home, it is possible that there is wetness in your walls. This can invite springtails to invade. This problem should correct itself over time, in a few years, as you heat and cool your home. But, in the meantime, springtail problems may persist. If you are not interested in waiting a few years for your springtail problem to go away on its own, you may need to enlist the help of a professional pest control company.
Do you have areas of moisture around or inside your home?
If your home has moist areas up against your foundation, you may be inviting springtails to come in close. And if you have moist areas inside your home (and the weather turns dry) this may be drawing those tiny moisture-loving insects inside. It doesn't take much of a gap or crack to allow a springtail to enter! If there are any gaps, they will get in and, furthermore, there may be other ways they are entering, such as through basement screens or absent or ineffective door sweeps.
Springtail Prevention Tips
Examine the exterior of your home and trim back all bushes and trees from the outside foundation and walls. These provide bridges for springtails and other pests to get to your outside walls and even roof area.
Inspect the outside of your foundation and outer walls for gaps, holes, or cracks that springtails can squeeze through and seal them. And remember that it doesn't take much of a hole for these minuscule creatures to squeeze through.
Remove all leaf piles and other materials that can hold moisture underneath.
Remove areas of moisture in your yard wherever possible, and remove standing water from around your perimeter. Fix any leaky spigots and unclog or repair any gutters that are allowing water to run down the outside of your home.
Consider replacing moist mulch with a drier material such as crushed rock.
Inside, fix all leaky pipes, sinks, tubs, and toilets. This will reduce moisture issues inside your home, and resist springtails.
Use a waterproofing compound on your basement walls.
Make sure to always use the exhaust fan while taking a shower to reduce moisture in your bathroom.
Install fans and/or dehumidifiers in humid areas of your home to lower humidity. The drier your home, the less attractive it will be to springtails and other moisture pests.
Year Round Protection
While the above steps can help with the visible infestation, chances are there will still be springtails hiding inside your walls. A professional pest control company will make sure these pests do not reappear in other areas of your home. At Russell's Pest Control, not only can we take care of a springtail infestation in your home, we can also look for outside nesting areas and take care of those as well. You don't have to deal with these annoying springy little pest. Reach out to us and ask about year-round pest protection for your home. Every home should have a pest plan. Get yours in place today.
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