The question of the day is, “Are springtails dangerous?” But before we answer that question we first need to answer the question, “What the heck are springtails?” Springtails are very small nuisance pests. Adults only grow to be about 1/32 to 1/8th of an inch in length; they are soft bodied, wingless, and have very poor vision. Springtails are beneficial to the environment because they are natural recyclers; they feed on things including decaying vegetation, fungi, bacteria, and insect feces. As they feed they release important nutrients back into the soil helping to keep it healthy.
Springtails get their name from the appendage called a furcular that is located underneath their abdomen which allows them to “spring” or jump out of danger. Since they aren’t a very hearty pest, this is their only “defense” mechanism.
Now back to the original question of, “Are springtails dangerous?” As you may have guessed from their description, no, springtails are not a dangerous pest. But because of their ability to jump and their small size they are often confused with fleas that do bite and do transmit diseases. However, springtails do neither. Springtails are not a danger to people, pets, or to the structures of buildings; they are, however, an invading pest that can enter homes in large numbers and can become quite a nuisance.
Springtails typically live outside in the moist soil. They require high amounts of moisture so that they can absorb it into their body through their body covering. They also breathe through the same mechanism. However, if the soil that they are living in becomes too dry or too saturated with water, they will seek new shelter. They will also find a new place to live if their current living conditions become too overcrowded. Springtails may migrate into homes in large numbers underneath doors, through windows, and through cracks and crevices. They can typically be found living and springing about in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces - you know, all the places you wish they weren't!
You may think that because these pests are not dangerous they may be easy to remove from your home, but this is not true. Springtails invade in such large numbers that it is not easy to find and get rid of all of them. They are also year-round pests; in fact, some species can be seen jumping across snow and are referred to as “snow fleas”.
The best way to get rid of springtails from your home is through the help of a professional pest control expert. At Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions we can quickly eliminate nuisance springtails from your home. Call us today for more information!