Springtail Control can be difficult due to the large numbers involved. One cubic foot of soil can contain up to 50,000 insects. Springtails are difficult to control, but with some specific treatment techniques you can get control.
Sringtails go through simple metamorphosis. The egg is hatched, then subsequent molts (shedding of old skin) the first instar (stage between molts) looks similar to the last except for size, color, and sexual maturity as the adult.
Developmental time from egg to adult is normally 2-3 months, but depending on species and temperature, it could be 1 week to 2 years.
The food sources for Springtails are mold, fungus, fungal spores, algae and in some species, dead animal flesh. If you have a mold problem in your structure I don’t recommend allowing springtails to work on it for you. Call a pest management pro or mold abatement company.
Springtails are found in potted plants just under the top layer of soil. When found inside a multiple story building, it could mean a potted plant has been brought in with an infestation of springtails. Turning over the first one inch of soil in potted plant will help in preventing their invasion.
In lawns, of homes and businesses, over watering can be the cause of a springtail problem. Saturated or very dry soil can drive these pests inside.
The best chemical free way to springtail control is to dry the area out.
Steps to Springtail Control
1. Stop the leaks;
- Attic Vent Pipes
- Reduce humidity
- Window jams
- Sill plates
- Exterior walls under windows, doors and room corners.
- Rake back mulch 1 foot from foundation.
- Be sure to treat the bare soil under removed mulch, then reinstall mulch.
- 10 feet out from foundation wall, treat with approved product.
- Treat up foundation wall and around lower doors and windows with approved product.
- Dust the weep holes/underneath siding lip with an approved dust.
- Be sure to treat Crawlspace foundation and sill plate.
Repeat as often as required per label directions and pest activity.
What kind of Springtail control issue have you had? Feel free to email me at info@HometownPestServices.com.
Until Next Time…