washington dc home infested with springtails

What is a Springtail?

Springtails, or Collembola, are closely related to insects but are in a group of 6 legged arthropods now considered apart from insects. Tiny and soft-bodied, the Springtail ranges in size from 1mm to 6mm and tends to dwell in soil, leaf litter and other humid areas. Inside homes, they are commonly found around window sills damaged by moisture, or around showers, tubs, and sink areas. Although they occur in a range of colors, to the naked eye they may simply appear as a very small grayish speck that moves, or “jumps.” While a springtail cannot actually jump with any of its six legs, it gets its name from an appendage (resembling a tail) that is used to hurl the springtail into the air and away from predators when it is feeling threatened.

Why do I have them?

Although Springtails typically reside in soil outdoors they will invade homes where humid conditions are present. Areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and damp basements are likely spots to find these creatures. They are also found around window frames and if there are overwatered potted plants you’ll find springtails in abundance.

Are they dangerous?

Springtails are not dangerous to people, pets or established plants and will not damage your home. They are considered a nuisance pest by their presence.

How do I get rid of Springtails?

Reducing moisture in your home will discourage Springtail activity; however, calling American Pest at the first sign of an infestation is the best way to ensure your property is kept free of Springtails and other pests.

Can I do it myself?

There are pest control products available for common household pests but they are generally ineffective unless proper, continued maintenance is carried out.

How soon can you get here?

At American Pest we strive to give our customers a rapid, efficient service and make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

All products used by American Pest are EPA registered for pest control use. Only then can they be considered for use by our highly trained pest control professionals. You can be assured that pest control services provided by American Pest will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Lowering the humidity and eliminating moisture may help control Springtails but if your property has already been infested by these tiny creatures, your first call should be to American Pest. We are committed to improving the quality of life for all of our customers by providing the safest and most effective treatment for the management of pests which pose a threat to their health, property, and food supply.

 
 

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