Springtails Exterminator & Control

Pest Facts from HomeTeam

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Springtails are very small insects, measuring only 0.4 to 10 millimeters in length. These pests vary in color (white to dark gray), lack wings and have the ability to jump. Homeowners often mistake these insects as fleas because of their hopping behavior. Springtails are much smaller than fleas and do not bite, whereas fleas bite and commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

Springtails do not cause damage to homes, but their presence can be disturbing as they are often found in very large numbers. They are prominently found in basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Infestations usually occur because they are attracted to damp areas, decaying debris and mold.

Once dampness has been eliminated, springtails will leave quickly or immediately die from dehydration. Here are some tips to prevent and treat a springtail infestation:

  1. Repair water leaks.
  2. Remove wet, moldy wood or other decaying debris.
  3. Use a fan or increase the air circulation to dry out the area.
  4. Allow the soil in potted plants to dry between watering.
  5. Reduce mulch and debris from around the foundation of your home.
  6. If you are building a new home, consider Taexx, a built-in-the-wall pest control system that prevents common household pests including springtails. Many of the nation’s top builders are installing Taexx as a standard feature. If your builder isn’t installing Taexx, ask your builder to speak with a HomeTeam representative.

If you need help figuring out what type of pest you have and the best treatment for your situation, you can consult a local HomeTeam pest expert. Contact our nearest branch office.


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