Have you heard of springtails? If so, do you know their physical appearance? Well, these are the insects you should put on the list if you are looking for an exterminator.
You might have seen them, but it’s just that you didn’t recognize them. No worries though, we will talk on how to kill springtails in this article.
But before we skin the cat, if you are suspecting springtails to have infested your house, don’t panic. Reach out to Environmental Pest Management which deals with the extermination of bed bugs, flies, cockroaches, rodents springtails, ants, or any other insect that might have turned the stay in your house into a nightmare.
So, what are Springtails?
According to Pennstate College of Agricultural, springtails are insects with segmented bodies with three pairs of legs and piercing-sucking mouthparts.
They are calm, but when disturbed, you startle them to the extreme. They can jump up to 10 cm due to their furcula body structures. That’s why they are called springtails.
Many people don’t put them in the list of insects that they should get rid of. Little do they know the kind of destruction they can cause.
Before we delve deep into more details about these insects, let’s have a look at some of their characteristics.
- Small-sized bodies that range from 0.3mm to 5mm
- Springtails don’t cause irritations or bites – their only good part. They have a massive load of downsides, though.
- Their number shoots high in a short time, and they can thrive to 100,000 per cubic meter.
How are Springtails attracted?
What brings many of the household insects are dirt, stale food, or stuffiness in the house – for instance, larder beetles, roly-poly bugs, and ants.
Springtails, on the other hand, are attracted when your area has had a long streak of heavy rainfall.. These are typical weather conditions; hence, you are likely to have them at any time.
Springtails prefer places with high humidity, moisture, and dampness as they can breed in considerable numbers in a short time. So, the cold and wet areas would be the first place to check if you want to get rid of them.
Are they harmful?
No insect brings good tidings to your home. If not taken care of early enough, they’ll even cause diseases.
As much as springtails won’t cause the above effects, they are still a nuisance and will take away the peace and comfort from your home.
Whenever they find a breeding place that can sustain their growth, it won’t take a long time before they grow into their thousands of numbers.
How to kill Springtails?
Let’s face it – if you’ve had these insects on your home, I bet you know how a great deal it is to fight them.
It’s a game of numbers, if you opt to “DIY” ways of management, you’ll be fighting a losing battle. You’ll have to up your game.
Our number one piece of advice is to look for trusted pest professionals that have been in the industry for quite some time.
Once they have done proper inspections to confirm that they are springtails, they’ll come up with integrated programs for preventing these “culprits” from growing into a bigger swarm, and hopefully, their end.
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1. Fungus and Molds
You are in greater danger if your homestead offers an excellent platform for their growth. To add salt to the injury, when your house is surrounded by what they eat.
These would be fungus and molds. Getting rid of these plants would be dealing with the leading cause and not the symptom.
Also, if you remove molds and fungus, you will not be keeping springtails away alone. These flowerless plants are excellent attractions of fungus gnats which have loads of downsides.
2. Avoid Darkness
Flies like moth and pterygote have positive phototaxis hence are attracted by light. That’s why you’ll find a vast number of moths around streetlights when it has rained heavily.
Springtails, on the other hand, have negative phototaxis hence cannot withstand brighter lights.
A good weapon against them would be more sources of lights in your home. You can replace the lesser lighting bulbs with lighter ones. Lamps and fixtures also provide enough light to keep them away.
3. Soap and Water
Soap and water are all-time household items for cleaning. According to this article, there are over twenty new uses of soap that are not known to many. Another addition to the list will be getting rid of springtails.
If you are unlucky to have them on your kitchen or bathroom, you can opt for this method. The bubbly water solution will drown them. Besides, the solution also has a burning effect on the bodies.
Besides, water is an excellent cleaning agent hence you will not get any other insects looming near your house because of the dirt.
4. Proper Ventilation
Since springtails are brought by humidity, dehumidifying the home will be a significant milestone on your quest to finish them.
It’s advisable to use a suitable insulation method for perfect airflow and freshness in the house. Proper circulation of air also prevents them from thriving. Ensure that the roofing is keen to avoid water from dripping inside the house.
5. The Vinegar Treatment
Springtails are enemies with anything that is acid-related. That’s why vinegar is useful when you want to get rid of them swiftly.
You can put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it against the springtails. They’ll either die or leap away since they can’t stand the acid in the vinegar.
The Bottom Line
By now, you are probably sick of these insects and will try all the above methods, and they will help you a great deal.
However, there is a bit of better advice, which will not only help you get rid of springtails but also take care of other potential insects that might invade your house.
It would be the perfect time to contact Environmental Pest Management for a well-done job. All in all, you will be free from these little monsters and return comfort to your house.