Springtails and Your St. Louis Home: 3 Places You're Likely to Find These Pests
Springtails in St. Louis, as their name suggests, are insects that you may encounter in the springtime, but they are early summer pests too. In fact, springtails are pests that you may notice all year round, as long as the conditions are right. These insects are really tiny- just about 1/16 of an inch long. They like to lay their eggs in moist soil where organic material is abundant. These insects have the ability to jump, but since they don’t bite humans or pets, they are mostly a nuisance by their presence, especially when they gather in large numbers, which they typically do.
Although springtails don’t bite, they have been known to cause damage to plants and their root systems. Some species of springtails feed on the leaves of seedlings. When springtails show up in your home (or around your property) in significant numbers they can be severely annoying. Since these pests are attracted to moist environments, you may find them in your plants and near swimming pools. They can enter your home through window screens and open doors and after a hot day, you may find them congregating in large numbers along the side of your home, consequently, increasing chances of them finding a way into the home.
Where do springtails live? There are three common places to find springtails in your home. These places include:
The kitchen - especially around appliances and under sinks, springtails thrive on the moisture they can find in a kitchen.
The bathroom - because bathrooms are damp areas, springtails are attracted to the moisture. You may find them under sinks, near the shower and especially in plants you may keep in the bathroom.
The basement - if you have laundry appliances in the basement, these damp environments can attract springtails that are seeking moisture.
To prevent springtails, it is important to keep the moisture levels in your home down. Using a dehumidifier in damp areas can limit the humidity and keep your home from attracting springtails. Fixing leaky or dripping faucets can also help eliminate the moisture that can attract springtails.
If you think you have a springtail problem, the best thing you can do is contact the professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our pros know how to get rid of springtails and other pests. When you give us a call, we can offer services to eliminate your pest problems at your earliest convenience. If you are looking for control services, pest prevention tips or an inspection to verify that your home is pest free, look no further than Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions!