Springtails are generally found outdoors living in moist soil; however, if their environment becomes too dry, they will migrate in search of moisture. Sometimes they find their way underneath doors and windows into homes or businesses. Once inside, they can become a nuisance and are difficult to find and completely eliminate.
When they remain outside, springtails are environmentally beneficial. They feed on things like decaying vegetation, fungi, bacteria, pollen, and insect feces. As they feed and break down their food sources they release important nutrients back into the soil helping to keep it healthy. Springtails are active year round. In fact, some species can be seen jumping across the snow and are referred to as “snow fleas”.