Pests 101: Springtails

Pests 101: Springtails - EXO Springtails are bothersome pests that are often found jumping in moist areas such as showers, sinks and counters.

Springtails are tiny, moisture-loving bugs that are named after their striking ability to 'spring' or 'jump' by snapping a tail-like structure against the ground when startled. 

Surprisingly enough, while springtails are closely related to insects, they are not classified as insects as have soft bodies, hidden mouthparts, and no wings. Springtails are known as Collembola. 

What Springtails Look Like

They are tiny little creatures, measuring between 1/16" and 1/8", and typically light brown to cream in color, although can also be gray or black. 

How To Know If You Have Springtails

Springtails prefer moist climates, and outdoors are found in damp soil, leaf litter, decaying logs. Indoors, they'll seek out damp and mold-prone areas such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens — and they come in numbers. 

Are Springtails Harmful?

Springtails are harmless to people and pets, or established plants. 

Scary Springtail Facts:

Springtails are known for their jumping mechanisms, powered by two fork-like appendages that jut out from their abdomens. The furcula are curled under their body like a mouse trap. When a springtail is frightened, the furcula is released and extends downwards, causing the springtail to jump up to 100 times their body length, at up to 4.6 ft/second. Now you see them..now you don't. 

How To Get Rid Of Springtails?

Once you spot springtails, it's important to locate the source, likely where moisture exists. Some sources to check may be bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks,  and pooled water in bathtubs or showers. 

Once you eliminate the moisture source, springtail populations will decline over time.

While springtails are resistant to most chemical pesticides that are single-mode of action, EXO's plant-powered formulations is able to combat springtails by using multiple modes of actions. 

Control these jumping and swarming bugs without toxic chemical sprays by spraying EXO, a plant-powered insect killer backed by third party lab testing. 

 


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