Springtail Control Products and How To Get Rid of Springtails
What are Springtails ?
Springtails are very small insects, with white or gray coloring. They have a forked appendage that moves suddenly, causing them to jump. They look like they are "springing".
What are the Springtail Habits?
Springtails like moisture. They feed on funi, algae, mold, decaying vegetation. They can be found in large amounts in mulched areas. After a prolonged rainy spell, they can be seen on the surface of swimming pools that look like scum or mats.
Where can you find them inside?
They can be found in damp places like kitchens and bathrooms, around drains, moist basements, soil of potted plants, and window frames.
Can Springtails cause damage ?
No, but they are a supreme nuisance because of their large numbers.
Springtails are frequently found in new homes feeding on surface mold growing on structural wood that became wet during construction. A season or two of heating and cooling the home will dry out the wood in the walls. Once this wood dries to the point where it will no longer grow any mold or fungus, the springtail population will gradually decrease until it is gone.
Exterior perimeter insecticide treatments using synthetic pyrethroids such as Bifen IT and D-Fense SC help keep springtails from entering the structure. Indoors, a dehumidifier can make the indoor environment uncomfortably dry for springtails. In severe infestations or when a quick temporary knockdown of the population is desired inside, pesticides can be useful. Indoor applications should be limited to cracks and crevices and spot applications using Alpine aerosol.Springtail Control Products:
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