Springtail Bugs: What Are They & How to Get Rid of Them

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Introducing the Collembola, diminutive species of insects ranging in size from .25mm to 6mm. More commonly known as Springtail Bugs as they are eponymously named, these deceptively small creatures are surprisingly strong, with an ability to flick parts of their body high into the air and, seem adept at avoiding pest control.

Before you know it, you could have a Springtail infestation on your hands. The unique capabilities of Springtails make them a force to be reckoned with for individuals attempting to rid their homes of these inimitable bugs.

However, the extermination of a Springtail infestation can be quite a bit more challenging than comparative exterminations of roaches, fleas, and other insects due to the Springtail insects’ ability to jump considerable distances into the air is coupled with an inherent ability to travel at very fast speeds and make them a challenge to catch and kill. Put simply, Springtai control is a serious challenge.

Springtails live in colonies of large numbers similar to termite populations and, likewise, these pests preferring moist soil, leaf litter, mulch, fungi in crawl spaces, plants, and other organic matter like potted plants and their soil that contain high moisture levels... in other words, every crack and crevice of a typical home and garden can provide the perfect habitat.

A single location can yield hundreds, or even thousands of these insects are erratically jumping and flinging their tails in a fashion that can intimidate and scare individuals who are unfamiliar with Springtail bugs and their unique physical capabilities.

Despite the intimidating display Springtails put on, it is critically important to note that these insects do not bite or attack individuals attempting to exterminate their populations. As such, it is imperative that you don’t hesitate in taking action due to unfounded fears involving a Springtail insect’s physical prowess. In other words, swift Springtail control action is key.

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Springtail Bugs occupy indoor environments as well as the outdoors. However, these bugs tend to thrive in outdoor environments and are thus often initially located in mass numbers outside of homes. Taking preventative measures against Springtail insects present in the outdoors is a prudent move that will pay off immensely in the future.

How to Get Rid of Springtails

The preventative measures that you decide to undertake will determine the successful extermination of Springtail Bugs populations or conversely, enable the population to live on, thrive, and repopulate.

Choosing an effective, proven means of Springtail eradication such as an insecticide will serve to ensure that Springtails are inhibited from entry into your domicile and save you from the future stress and costs involved with professional extermination services.

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Despite their tiny size, Springtails are highly resilient insects that can survive in intensely cold temperatures without risk of death. Easily moving throughout profoundly cold waters as well as freezing snow, Springtails continue their sordid existences despite extreme temperature differentials.

The Springtails ability to survive unencumbered in colder environments has earned them the nickname of “snow fleas.”

It is essential to remember the unique capabilities that Springtails have. While an array of other insects tends to hide within the warmer recesses found inside and outside of your home, the Springtail Bug can unexpectedly be found in environments featuring a wide range of temperatures.

As such, typical measures involving insect killing utilizing cold temperature tactics will prove to be unsuccessful with Springtails.

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Springtail insects are notorious for their propensity to feed on all sorts of fungus and mold. The presence of mold within a home will definitely ensure the attraction and long-term survival of Springtail bugs. Specific environments that are typically prone to dampness and moisture will inevitably grow mold and fungus, which also happen to be prime locales for Springtail populations.

As a way to quickly mitigate a burgeoning Springtail Bug population, individuals can focus on fungus and mold reduction in and out of their homes to ultimately remove a critically important component in the attraction of Springtails to your property.

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Related to eliminating mold and fungus from their properties, individuals should also keep an eye on the performance ability of their water flow and fix and draining issues as necessary. Water flow issues are important for two reasons:​

  • Improper water flow can result in unsuccessful drainage and result in environments that are moist, prone to bacteria and mold, and that proves to be hugely attractive to Springtail insects
  • Springtails are immensely attracted to water; having water flow drainage issues with water improperly pooling or running off incorrectly can prove to be a boon for early Springtail populations
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Increasing light through the addition of plug-in style light fixtures and brighter bulbs will automatically serve to deter Springtails from amassing in huge populations at singular locales.

Springtails tend to hide in dark recesses inside and outside of homes and are found in an array of cracks, crevices, and holes. Illuminating these dark areas will prompt Springtail insect populations to move on to other destinations far from brightly lit areas.

Eradicating mold and fungus, installing bright lighting, and checking water drainage issues are highly effective ways to dramatically reduce or a Springtail population in a quick and effective manner.

These tactics can also be used as preventative measures to ensure that Springtails don’t take up mass residence. However, despite one’s best efforts, Springtails sometimes make their way into homes and must be quickly addressed to ensure the successful extermination of Springtail populations.

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Listed below are highly effective home remedies that can help you rid your home of the presence of Springtails

  • Soap and water mixture

Thoroughly mixed together, a soap and water concoction will drown Springtail insects while traveling from destination to destination. Completely natural, free of harsh chemicals, and pesticides, a soap and water mixture is a safe and affordable method to use on Springtail insects that only requires a simple spray through a spray gun nozzle.

  • Vinegar / Apple Cider Vinegar / ACV

Extremely acidic, apple cider vinegar will kill a Springtail insect on impact when it is sprayed with the liquid from a spray gun nozzle. Regular white vinegar will work but is not quite as effective as apple cider vinegar’s high degree of acidity and bug-killing ability. Affordable, natural, and effective, this method remains a favorite amongst individuals seeking a safe and effective way to kill Springtails living in their homes.

  • Bleach Mixtures and Solutions

While not the most recommended option, a bleach mixture of solution can be used as an effective last resort means to kill Springtails when vinegar is unavailable, and soap and water prove to not be powerful enough for thorough mass killing. Bleach is a harsh chemical that requires caution in use and disposal; it can also be an irritant to skin and eyes. Extreme caution is advised in using this effective Springtail killing agent.

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