Springtail infestations and where to treat


Springtails behave in a certain way that make them one of the most annoying and frustrating pests to control. There are many reasons why. First, I will list why they can be so frustrating. Second, I’ll list some springtail facts so you can better understand this pest and last, I’ll list what works best if you wish to control a local problem.

Why are springtail infestations so frustrating? Here’s the short list…

  1. When springtails start to appear in your home, you’re not seeing the “real” problem. Local treatments inside the home won’t stop the invasion and if you’ve been spraying inside where you see them, you know exactly what I mean. The reason for this is simple; springtails can easily outpace the spray. True, they’re easy to kill. But even the strongest residual will take 2-3 days to kill an insect after its dry. That means new springtails entering the home will be seen for several days and since you can easily get hundreds entering the home daily, the net impact of the spray will barely be detectable. For this reason its important to treat when they come back and for many homeowners, this will mean treating every 1-2 days (unless you stop them from entering!).
  2. Springtails can appear on freshly treated surfaces and you can’t imagine how they can still be alive after all the spray you just applied!
  3. Springtails are a pest most service companies aren’t prepared to handle (they’re not prepared to apply enough chemical to get control nor do they want to keep coming back to your home very few days). Consequently their treatments won’t stop the problem and many times it will appear to make it worse. This happens because many companies use “repellent” sprays which can flush out colonized springtails and since this can take hours to happen, they only become visible long after the tech has left. Additionally, there are many companies who will no longer even treat for this pest.
  4. Springtails can invade by the thousands and they can do it quickly. Your home can become a mess in a matter of minutes once they emerge and get into their “migratory” mode of action. And for some reason it seems as though this happens at the worse of times (like when guests are visiting).
  5. Springtails are largely misunderstood so it’s hard to get good answers when it comes to solving a local problem. This just adds to the frustration anyone with a problem can feel.
  6. Springtails will many times have established “paths” or what we call “exodus trails”. These trails will be used over and over. Many times one house on the block or one building in a series can be the “end of the trail” so the net effect is a channeling of springtails from an acre or more to just one yard or home. Suffice to say this can be very frustrating to that specific land owner.

Other springtail facts..

  1. Springtails live in the ground feeding on organic matter like dead plants, small microbes and anything recyclable. Like termites, they’re very important to any local ecosystem. Essentially “recyclers”, they can live anywhere and appear on most all land around the world. For the most part they live their lives in peace but when their numbers hit critical mass, they’re effectively forced to relocate and this is when they will conflict with man.
  2. Springtails are the food of many insects. If you allow springtails to thrive on your property, they will most assuredly attract other pests like beetles, centipedes, roaches, ants, crickets and just about any other insect.
  3. Springtail problems start in dirt. They tend to live in topsoil where it’s moist and damp. They love flower beds, lawns where grass clippings are recycled and left as mulch, up under pine bark, pine straw and most any wood chip bed as well as under rocks, slabs and any moist ground where it’s both dark, shady and dank. Weed barriers are essentially “springtail incubators” and should not be laid down within 10 feet of the home or else you’ll be inviting springtails to infest your house.
  4. Homes with basements usually have the top soil removed prior to the concrete being poured which can help keep them out of the home for a year or so after it’s built. Slab homes have their concrete poured right on top of the active springtails so within months of the home being built it will succumb to the springtail migrations and become infested. This is why so many new homeowners experience invasions and wonder how this can be happening to their new home. The answer is simple: they were present around the home when construction began.
  5. Springtails migrate when populations grow large or when they are attempting to move away from extreme heat, cold or moisture. This is when you start seeing them inside the home, on the homes foundation, exterior siding or up on the top of the ground. In fact, they will commonly migrate out of the ground in the winter during a warm period when the snow melts. At this time the saturated soil will cause them to rise up and out of the water where they’ll appear on top of the snow. This can happen any time of year but in general when the population is significantly large enough to support the migration.
  6. Springtails will die in a few days once exposed to most any air found in the home and cannot live out in the open for any significant length of time.
  7. Springtails do not “nest” in the home, furniture, clothing, people, pets, rugs or anywhere out in the open where you see them. But they will definitely form “pockets”. These pockets can harbor hundreds but without the microbial food they require and the moisture they need, the inhabitants of these pockets will die in a few days. The problem is they’ll usually be replaced by fresh springtails faster than they die so the net effect is a seemingly never ending local problem that seems to be growing in size. Again, all the springtails you see have left the confines of the ground nest seeking a new place to live and simply made a wrong turn. If left alone, they’ll die. But if these pockets are not treated and more importantly, the ground around the home isn’t treated, you’ll continue to see them on a daily basis. Granted this might not happen much when your region is in a dry spell but when moisture abounds, so too will the springtails.
  8. There is no pesticide strong enough to stop them once they start invading. In other words, treating inside the home on top of baseboards, foundation walls, around door frames and windows won’t stop them from getting inside. No doubt these treatments will help by killing live active springtails present. But once this treatment dries, it looses its ability to kill quickly so new springtails coming into the home just hours after you treat will be able to live and thrive for several days before succumbing to the treating. So if you want stop them from entering the home, you’ll need to treat the outside and in most cases this area will be both large and will require a lot of applications over a 1-2 month period of time.

What will NOT work on springtail problems.

  1. Simply spraying the inside of the home. This is a complete waste and though you should definitely be doing some treating inside, this action alone will not solve the problem.
  2. Spraying furniture, rugs, walls, attics, basements or crawl spaces will not prevent more springtails from moving back to these locations.
  3. Washing your clothes, bedding, floors or countertops as a method of control. Wash these things to get rid of active springtails but understand they’ll get infested again within a few days if you don’t start treating as we explain.
  4. Pouring bleach down the drain for springtails in the sink. This won’t do much since the developing and nesting stages are lodged in the slimy organic matter accumulating on the pipe walls which must be removed using a special enzyme (listed below). Bleach does not remove this slime so it won’t help your cause.

So how do you control springtails?

First and foremost, identify the moist areas around your home. Springtails love moist soil and will thrive in irrigated, watered lawns. When such areas develop in the yard, the population of springtails around your home will increase. When such areas dry up and loose their moisture, so too will the over abundance of springtails. Sometimes the moisture comes from excessive rainfall which you cannot control. Other times it comes from a neighbors sprinkler system which you probably still can’t control. But your own watering can be controlled and if you aren’t willing to reduce it, you’ll need to treat the areas with some BIFEN GRANULES to keep it springtail free. An ongoing treatment regime of applying 2-3 lbs of granules per side of the home covering a 10 foot wide area will keep your soil springtail free. Start doing this every spring and if you stay the course and treat once a month, you’ll keep the local numbers in check which will many times keep them out of the home.




Focus on flower beds, around vegetable gardens, pine straw mulch piles, compost piles, potted plants, wood chip beds, grass clippings, leaves, weed barriers and just about anything that covers the ground around the home. All of these areas will serve as a sort of “springtail oven” that will grow populations quickly if left untreated.

When treating outside, don’t think small; think big. In most cases, it’s just about impossible to narrow down just where the springtails are coming from so don’t try. Instead, use the “shotgun” approach and treat as much of the land surrounding the house as you can. We recommend at least a 10 foot band coming out away from the foundation but doing more can make the overall treatment even more effective.

After applying the Bifen Granules, spray over the top with CYONARA RTS. This will get the granules “activated” as well as knock out all foraging springtails. Cyonara is odorless and easy to use. One quart will cover up to 1/2 acre so expect to use 1/4 to 1/2 jug per treatment. Use it on the homes siding too since springtail “pockets” will form up under siding, around gutters, etc. Treat at least twice a month when you see activity and more frequently if you see them coming back in 7 days or less. But once they’re gone, spraying once a month when you apply the granules will keep them away for good.




Realize that any cement poured around the home and up against the foundation like a patio, driveway, stoop, garage or shed can all serve as a springtail haven. These slabs cover dirt, hold moisture, provide shade and when connected to the home present a direct way for migrating springtails to get inside to living areas. In some cases these areas will need to be treated as explained in our SPRINGTAIL CONTROL ARTICLE. This will be necessary to stop them from getting inside because again, if the population explodes so much and they start migrating, there is no chemical we have that will stop them from getting inside. That means you’ll be subject to the invasion if you don’t treat under these cement slabs.

Try to remove as much of the organic matter, ground cover and other springtail “enablers” around the home and within this 10 foot band of soil closest to the homes foundation. Removing this material will indirectly reduce the moisture level and food supplies which in turn will directly reduce the amount of springtails that can survive. Alternatively you can simply apply the Bifen Granules and Cyonara on the monthly schedule listed above and the chemicals will definitely keep their numbers in check.

Fix all leaks on the home related to a bad water pipe, garden hose, a poorly draining air conditioning unit or a leaky roof. Such areas can become secondary pocket nests for migrating springtails that find their way onto or inside the home and if you don’t stop the moisture, you won’t stop the invasion.

How to treat springtails coming up in the sink?

Springtails will thrive in any sewer line or septic tank system connected to the home. Once these areas get infested, its just a matter of time before they forage through the pipes and end up inside the home. You’ll know this is happening when you start seeing springtails in the sink.

Typically drain line cleaners like Draino or bleach won’t stop this invasion. Springtails will move into the slimy buildup of organic matter common to any drain and just a thin layer will keep them protected for most cleaners.  But SURVIVORS poured down the drain will “eat” away this slime and thus remove this location as a nest site. Use 3-4 oz down any drain they’re using and treat once a week during the spring and summer months. Do the application late at night, just before you retire, so it can sit for several hours undisturbed.




Since survivors won’t actually kill any active springtails, you’ll need to spray down the drain with PT-CYKICK AEROSOL. This odorless aerosol is fast working on springtails and it only takes a 3-5 second blast down any drain with activity. Cykick will penetrate most slimy buildups and kill all insects in its path. Use as needed; 1-2 a week when first treating is recommended and once the problem is gone, once a week should be enough to keep them under control.




What about springtails nesting up under my homes siding?

If your home has cedar shakes, vinyl or aluminum siding, there is a good chance you have springtails pocketing up under and behind the siding. Other exteriors can harbor springtails as can any gutter that doesn’t drain completely. For this reason its not uncommon to find springtails nesting along the roofline and making their way inside the home onto the second level.

Spraying the homes siding can help reduce these pockets but vinyl or aluminum siding will need to be dusted to effectively eliminate this key nest site. DELTAMETHRIN DUST puffed under every row of siding will last 6-12 months per treatment and once applied, will both kill on contact and keep them away for the entire season. Use 1 lb for every 1,000 sq/ft of siding; most homes will need 2-3 lbs by the time you treat along gutters, rooflines and all the cracks commonly found on any home.




Use a good HAND DUSTER to make the application. These dusters will blow the dust a good 4-6 feet in an open void and when used for treating under siding, you’ll get  good 2-3 feet of coverage per spot you dust.




Be sure to treat as many rows of the siding as possible and if you’re finding springtails on the second level of the home, you should treat the entire side. Use a DUSTICK to help with the application; it will enable you to treat up to a 30 foot height or more without having to climb a ladder.




Lastly, be patient! Springtails are very much like the herpes virus. Most people don’t know they have herpes until they have an outbreak. And though there are medications that can help to control outbreaks, these treatments will only help to minimize the symptom because there is no cure. The same is true for springtails.

These guys exist deep down in the ground around all homes and structures and when conditions are right, they are able to reproduce to such levels that they are forced to migrate out into the open (like a herpes sore).

Treatments for springtails (Cyonara, Bifen Granules, CyKikc, etc.) will help to minimize the symptom by allowing you create a “springtail free zone” around home. But they’ll still be outside, omnipresent and lurking.

In summary, if you currently have springtails invading, there is a really only one thing you need to do and that is to focus your attention on the outside of the home where they are likely breeding. If you treat all areas you stand the best chance of getting rid of them quickly. If you spot treat, there is a greater chance the problem will be ongoing since it’s so easy to miss a spot or too.

And for a more complete reading on this pest, read our SPRINGTAIL CONTROL article. It gets into more details so you can better understand this pest. Lastly, if you still have questions, give us a call toll free at 1-800-877-7290 and one of our technical reps should be able to further assist.


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March 15, 2011

guest @ 6:51 pm #

I had a huge migration of springtails last summer. Used professional all summer and fall to spray. Knocked the number down, but did not get rid of them. They are back again already. Got rid of mulch around house and also found them able to thrive in an empty, but somewhat rotting wood flower box. No standing water anywhere. No moisture in house. If I continue treatments this year do I have hope of getting rid of these or are they here to stay? Been in the house for 12yrs. Never saw them before last summer. No neighbors saw one springtail. I live in 3 unit townhouse. Any suggestions other than keep doing the treatments? Thanks for the help. I used bifen that I ordered from u too.

April 19, 2011

guest @ 6:21 am #

I have read all your articles and watched your video regarding springtails. We, however, do not have a “nest” area. We just built our house and have only been living here for 7 months. We live in rural NC and built on an acre of land totally surrounded by farm land. Our entire yard seems to be COVERED by springtails. We have grass that is trying to grow in, but most of our yard is still rich soil. We started seeing a few springtails in our bathtub and sinks about 3 weeks ago. 12 days ago we came home at night to find THOUSANDS of springtails on the first floor of our house – only in the master bathroom, kitchen, and also in our master bedroom, and my walk-in closet. I lost it when I saw them even on my bed. We sprayed bug spray and vacuumed and slept (not really sleeping) upstairs with our kids. That worked for a few days, but then we started seeing them upstairs as well. My panic attack really, really happened when I even saw them on my son’s bed upstairs. I am such a manic cleaner anyway and this is driving me INSANE. I vacuum one or two times throughout my entire 2400 square foot house EVERY DAY. I spray ortho home defense bug spray around the perimeter of my kitchen and bathrooms a few times a day. That kills the ones that are coming in while it’s still wet, but the residual does nothing. Our exterminator came last week and he said there is nothing they can do for us – he said they are migrating and we just need to wait it out. Well, now that it’s been 12 days and they’re no better than they were 12 days ago (and I’ve even gotten a prescription for anxiety medication – not kidding), I’m sick and tired of waiting it out. I keep thinking that if it dries outside, things will get better. Well, we rarely go more than a few days without having a thunderstorm this time of year, so I don’t know if it will ever totally dry out. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO??? I read about spreading bifen granules, but should we do this on our entire acre of land or just immediately around the house? My husband has been setting off bug bombs under the house in the crawl space every night (there are thousands and thousands under there every night as well) and it kills lots of them, but they KEEP COMING BACK. I am literally going out of my mind. What do we need to do??? Does it have anything to do with the empty wheat fields around our house?


Thanks, Insane in NC

April 28, 2011

Kelly @ 4:50 pm #

I am experiencing almost identicial circumstances that the guest “Insane from NC” above has stated. We have a 3600 sqft home and have been treating the inside of our home for what we thought were fleas for a month now. We are going insane. We finally had a new exterminator come out and identified the bugs as springtails. Whoever says these do not bite needs to see my legs and hands. I have a 3 yr old that also has bites on his arms. We moved upstairs b/c we noticed they were all downstairs in our Master bed and bath, but they have moved everywhere in the house. We just had Steam cleaners out today and the pest control is coming for the 4th time tomorrow. After reading and researching this topic, should I conclude the only way is to attack the outside of the home? We are desperate at this point. But why did the problem start in our master bedroom? We have an entrance to the backyard from there but rarely use it. Is it possible we might have a mold problem?
Thank you,

July 4, 2011

Debi @ 5:05 pm #

@guest: Hi, I have the same exact problem as you, and no kidding here either, I just got anxiety medicine 2 days ago. Every year just about this time I get them overtaking my bedroom and my daughters bedroom. We have now been sleeping on the couch for 2 weeks, I cant take much more of this, I’m about to sell my house after 11 years of living here!!!!! I dont even bother spraying them inside anymore, but the fact that they are always on my bed FREAKS me out. Never had any bites so im sure they are harmless but I still cant sleep at night. They only seem to last for a few weeks here and then they dissappear until the following summer. When I get the money I will definitely be trying the bifen granules…GOOD LUCK UGH THIS IS HORRIBLE!!!! Debi in New Jersey

April 19, 2011

Lea @ 6:55 am #

Are the Bifen granules and cyonara spray safe for my kids? They are 3 y/o and 6 y/o and have an outdoor playground in our backyard. I am ready to treat the yard, but I want to make sure it’s safe for the kids. Also, it’s supposed to rain here in the next few days. Is it better to treat before or after, or does that not really make a difference?

May 2, 2011

Kelly B @ 10:12 am #

We did not have any bug problems until last year right after we put new pine needles around the house. Then springtails which I had never even heard of started popping up. Started seeing them on the backside of the house coming in the kitchen window etc and made their way upstairs in the house too! I freaked and we had Terminix come out atleast 3 times and when winter came we saw none so we thought the problem was gone…well boy were we wrong!! In the last 2 weeks they are coming again, we took up the pine needles out back and that greatly reduced them from coming in the kitchen and had terminix spray after they were up. Then they started coming in the windows on front of the house first floor and upstairs… right at dusk our house would be covered with them! So we decided to get the pine needles up from the front of the house too, while we thought this might help it seems it has not, nor having Terminix come again with no needles around the house, right at dusk they alllll come out on the house and inside. We have had a horrible time trying to find the source of the problem no leaky pipes or anything- Our house is on a slab and we did have termites many years ago and have the termite bait pods all around the house, at a desperate time I had my fiancee look in the pods and springtails are in all of them as well!!! Could these be the source as I don’t believe the spray is getting in there? & could the pine needles have brought them in the first place?? I’m ready to try the bifen granules and which liquid do you suggest to be most aggressive?? Thanks for any advice…… Kelly

May 3, 2011

Kelly B @ 9:01 am #

@Tech Support:
Few more questions if you don’t mind… We notice that they really don’t come out until about 7:30pm and then they cover the house inside and out..Also out of curiosity we went and looked at the sides of both of our neighbors houses and yes…they have them too!! Now what??

I have ordered Bifen granules & Bifen IT, How strong should the liquid be?

Thank you so much for info.

October 29, 2016

Joan @ 11:42 pm #

@Tech Support: I live in an apartment in North Texas. The building has twelve units and three floors. I’m on the second floor facing the golf course. I have been dealing with this problem for exactly one year this month. Exterminated several times but to no avail. No other apartment has been invaded. They are biting me like crazy. Could it be something else? They are not fleas and the exterminator said he doesn’t see anything and thinks I’m crazy. I have bites all over my legs and arms and on my back. It’s horrible at night. Could it be the drains? When I walk in the kitchen and master bathroom they jump on my feet and legs. And they bite me in bed. They get in my clothes too. Please help.

October 30, 2016
May 12, 2011

Shawn @ 10:55 pm #

We are having a springtail problem and will be employing the solutions you advise, but I have one question…I have a crawl space that is bone dry, I looked there and couldn’t find any springtail activity, do I need to treat that as well? We had a problem with mold in the crawl space and had it professionally cleaned/sealed. It cost a lot of money, so I’m a little nervous about adding any liquid products to the crawl space. Please advise…

May 30, 2011

Tony W @ 12:14 am #

I now have springtails in my house and would like to treat the outside but my home has a well.The water comes from an underground Aquifer,are the chemicals you described safe for use in this situation?

June 7, 2011

Tiffany @ 10:59 pm #

If anyone has ever had a Spring Tail Infestation in and outside of the home.. it is us. Talk about panic attacks and sleepless nights. I have never heard of this little pest and it took our house by storm. They are in every room of our house.. and not just one of them… tons of them. They are on everything and even in the cracks of our hard wood floors. We haven’t been agressive in treating them because at frst there were only a few…and I had no clue what they were… not we are scrounging to get rid of them and I feel that it is hopeless. If anyone has ever experienced such a problem inside the house, please post. I feel like my problem is not normal. We had pest control come out twice in one week… and that really didn’t do anything. have two small children and am making myself sick over this problem. Please help!


June 9, 2011

Tiffany @ 7:52 am #

@Tiffany: I guess maybe I should clariify…. after re-reading my post, I maybe overreacted, but that is how sensitive I am regarding this issue. I have a very clean house. But things Spring Tails are in every room of my house. To see them, I have to look for them.. but they are there.

June 8, 2011

Gina @ 9:42 pm #

Hi, I am having a problem with springtails. We have done everything so far on the do not do list. We got a professional company to come out and spray twice now. They are now on my bed and in my bedroom. They keep telling me that they will go away and to just give it time. I am concerned that time will only make it worse, especially now that I’ve read the above article. I’ve read everything that needs to be done outside. Do they have companies that specialize in this and will treat your yard the correct way?

June 9, 2011

Tiffany @ 7:48 am #

@Gina: We are experiencing the same thing, Gina. It’s almost digusting.

June 10, 2011

Dana @ 10:45 am #

I too am having problems with these little annoying things. We’ve been dealing with them for the past few years and it just doesn’t seem to get any better. They are all over the inside of the house and I can see them outside on the front cement patio. They originally started in the bathroom in my bedroom and have spread themselves all through the house, I’m thinking that they are in the walls. I live in NY and noticed that I can’t have the Bifen Granules shipped here and was wondering why? Will the alternative products you mention work just as good?

Please help, I’m at the end of my rope….

June 24, 2011

Linda @ 12:18 am #

I never thought that these lit’l pests were springtails. Thought they were bed bugs. I was releived when I heard they were not bed bugs but you can’t get rid of these things. My daughter had several bites on her and I did too. I wonder if they bite. They say they don’t but I wonder. Anyone knows. We are just starting the long hard fight against these bugs and I know it’ll be a long ride. We live in the country and they are in every bed in my house because of the moisture from Hurricane Katrina. Our attic got rain and it stayed wet for a long time and I know we had moisture, mildew and mold. We know that this is the cause but don’t know how to go about fixing it in the attic or on the ground. Also the air vents probably have mold & mildew. Our Central Air went out so we are using air condition units and the moisture on the ground there is bad also. We don’t know where to start or how much it will cost to get rid of these pests. We are researching and taking notes on the chemicals to use and will try our best. Thanks to this site. I can’t believe we have something else to haunt us. Hurricane season just started. Lord have mercy!

June 26, 2011

Shanna @ 11:40 pm #

We have a springtails. Just noticed them this year in Bathrooms and Kitchen. Your article was very informative but what about sandboxes. My son has one and the sand is dry in it. I opened it up this afternoon and there were so many it creeped me out and didn’t want him to play in there. If they die once there are above ground why are they surving in the sanbox? My husband also has been getting free mulch from the local recycling center. Could this be where these started coming from or just in our ground and we’re finally seeing them come out?
Please let me know!
Thanks, Shanna

June 27, 2011
July 6, 2011

Ashley @ 6:22 pm #

We’ve lived here for 2 years and we just found them today. I went to plug my cell phone into its charger (that I leave plugged in and laying on the carpet) and they were completely coating it, yuck! Then after looking more closely they were all over the window sill, wall outlets and along the baseboard heating unit…and probably other places we haven’t discovered yet as our carpet is light tan and I’m a little scared to look harder for them! The problem is we live in an apartment building so treating the outside isn’t an option for us. And after reading some of these stories above it seems like many pest control companies either have no idea how to treat for springtails or they don’t do it effectively.

How can we stop them from taking over our apartment when we don’t have the ability to treat the soil outside? Will using the deltamethrin dust & d-force aerosol just delay them from entering our apartment until they find a new way in? Will spraying along all the walls at least keep them from using our apartment as a migration route?

July 20, 2011

myron @ 9:42 pm #

Thanks a lot especially to the technician. I am still not sure about the things I fought; springtails, mites??? But thanks to God and Tech; I got this place and had the problem for around two years. I thought it was driving me crazy! I was really desperate plus I had the problem in my car and at my job. At the end, I did not understand what was the focus problem.
After reading all these helpful messages, I started checking little by little and got more information. Finally, Eureka …!!!! I read the main focus is outside in great percentage. I was always focused inside. I was not correct; in the yard I did not get anything. However, long ago I remodeled the bathroom and the toilet was not sealed on the base. The contractor said it was not anything and you cannot even see it. You do not believe but the gap was so tiny any bad smell I would get so I thought it was a real problem. A month ago I bought white caulk vinyl and closed it. Thanks God! Since then I have been sleeping as an angel and hope these annoying ones do not come back to my house.
I wish the best luck for everyone. Check your house by parts and do not forget the bathroom or humid areas as they are prime entrance points.
Thanks again and God bless you guys!!!!:),o,xxxxxx

July 31, 2011

guest @ 6:29 pm #

We just moved into our new house this Feb. and started seeing spring tails in July. We are expecting a baby in a month and would like to see them gone before he arrives! We have been doing everything we can to eliminate any moisture problems, and sealing up any cracks or crevices. But we live in a split level a sort of “half basement” that isn’t finished so its not very sealed up. Will treating the yard still help?

November 17, 2011

lisa @ 5:11 pm #

Hi! I’ve been having what I think is a springtail problem for the past month now. I noticed that after a huge rainfall, there were quite an abundance of ‘jumping’ type little woodlice type critters. They are too big to be fleas IMO and besides we don’t have any pets. I thought they were small woodlice at first but then on closer inspection they seem to be a little furry and have anntennae. Anyway my house is known for being kind of damp but that’s why we purhcased a dehumidifier which collects a few litres of water a day. Anyway we’re still seeing these critters even with the dehumidifier turned on and they are in random places like in my hallway, living room, kitchen…not where any water sources are like bathroom etc! Do you think they are indeed springtails? And where can i purchase the bifen granules in the UK?

November 30, 2011

Ann @ 12:18 pm #

Is it possible for springtails to be on dogs? Especially dogs that are out in the fields when hunting?

January 1, 2012

Robbin @ 4:51 pm #

I noticed these pests almost two yrs ago they were on my front door,they covered the door. there had to be thousands, they freaked me out. then I seen them inside the house , I was told by a neighbor that they were fleas ,I was not so sure so I called pest control they told me I have what are called springtails and that they are almost impossible to kill it takes years sometimes, but you have to have patience ,I replied to the Tech that patience is a virtue and that I did not have any these pests will drive you crazy if you let them , could you tell me if my front door on my house has anything to do with the springtails wanting to congregate their the door is metal and is a dark green I know it sounds weird but that is where most of them are found ?,some are in the window sills and the front deck area,we also have a flower bed . S.E. Kansas

January 9, 2012

angeling @ 2:49 am #

Hi, where can i get bifen granules and cyanora in Malaysia? I’ve been having what I think is a springtail problem. Other than bifen granules, what product i can get in Malaysia? Hope can solve this problem as soon as possible. Please help,thanks!

August 4, 2013

Karin @ 10:10 pm #

Hi, I was hoping you could help. We have had a springtail problem for three summers in a row. I am losing my mind over this. We have them in every room of our house, as well as in our beds. I take anxiety meds at night just so I can sleep. I see them crawling all over the outside of our home. We have a brick house, with siding on the top. We also have a front porch, they are all over the porch and the windowsills etc. We have a very small patch of grass in front of our home, however the grass is not close to the house whatsoever. What can we do to get these bugs away from our house???? Thank you!!!

August 5, 2013
September 2, 2013

Krista @ 12:45 pm #


Thank God I found this website. We are feeling defeated, hopeless and desperate. We live on the bottom floor of a 3 story condo building. Recently there was a pipe leaking inside the wall of our kitchen. They fixed the leak by tearing into the wall under the kitchen sink in the unit above us. We now have an infestation of springtails, red eyed fruit flies and fungus gnats. We believe this all stems from moisture/mold inside the wall from the leaking pipe. This is where they are coming from it seems. Would the springtails have migrated from outside or under the slab to the moldy wall void? We have NEVER seen springtails before and have lived here 13 years. Should we have mold in the wall void removed? We also have soil under our wood patio in the back. Should we remove this soil and cover with concrete? Would a dehumidifier in the kitchen help? We don’t know what to do! This is an absolute nightmare. Please help us!

May 2, 2014

Chris @ 1:02 am #

I have these springtails in my Orlando, FL home and have never had them before 2 months ago. In late January of this year, I completely turned off my central air conditioner and opened windows to save money and have kept it off for the next 3 months. This is when they began to appear, so I’m suspecting that turning off the A/C created the moisture and humidity inside for them to invade?….Last week, I turned the A/C back on to dry out the home and eliminate moisture. I now keep all windows/doors closed to keep outside humidity out.

Since I never saw them before turning off the A/C in January, could this possibly be the reason they so suddenly appeared? And if so, how long before the cool, dry air of the A/C eliminates them? Is there an end in sight…and they may just as suddenly disappear by keeping the home cool again?…And what is the ideal inside temperature to keep that will discourage them? Currently, my stat is set at 78. Thanks for any advice!

June 22, 2015

Ben @ 11:29 pm #

Our house is built on a crawl space. We have only lived in the house one year. Last summer I only saw springtails on the exterior of the house at times. This winter we had the crawlspace lined/sealed and a dehumidifier added and since the end of May we have had springtails appearing in our home. We are currently in the process of testing the outside but are wondering if lining the crawlspace could have started this problem? Please advise.

June 23, 2015
June 26, 2015

Nicole @ 10:44 pm #

We had a horrible springtail problem in our previous house in MO (we started the yard treatment with your products but moved before we saw an improvement) and now we have only a small problem so far in our new house in Michigan. Is it at all possible that we brought them with us from another state? From the article and previous comments, it doesn’t seem likely but I had never heard of these things before having them in two consecutive houses. Also, do you have any success stories? I could use one. Three years of my life so far has been preoccupied with springtails.

June 27, 2015
July 1, 2016

Mel @ 2:34 am #

I plan on purchasing Bifen granules and the Cyonara RTS from your site, but I’m wondering if these products will help in controlling earwigs as well? I currently have a problem with both springtails and earwigs, but the springtail issue is way worse. I’m hoping we can at least knock off a few earwigs along the way. I know exactly where both are coming from. I have mulched areas/flowerbeds (i.e., highly hospitable places for earwigs and springtails) that line the perimeter of my home right up to the foundation.

By the way, thank you so much for this well-written and concise information. I’ve spent hours online reading about springtail control, but it seems most every other site is just regurgitating the same info over and over. I finally feel like someone “gets it” and knows the issues homeowners face when dealing with springtails.

August 7, 2016

Mel @ 6:17 pm #

@Tech Support:

Just want to say “Thanks” to you guys! I’ve followed your advice and am happy to report a reduction in springtails. I purchased the Bifen granules, Bifen XTS spray, spreader sticker, deltamethrin dust & duster, and PT Phantom last month. I followed your directions for application, and after 20 days I notice the springtails have decreased by more than half. And, I haven’t seen one earwig at all (I recently posted here about my problems with both earwigs and springtails). I’ll continue with applications since springtails take some time to control, and will post back with progress.

To any others with springtails problems, if you get the recommended products and follow the advice by U-spray, you should notice results like I have. It may seem pricey at first, but consider that only ONE visit by pest control specialists will cost the same as what you’d pay here for products that will last you a year or more. It’s definitely worth it.

August 8, 2016

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