Springtail infestations and where to treat

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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's most important when it comes to solving a local problem.

Why are springtail infestations so frustrating? Here is 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.
  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. Consequently their treatments won't stop the problem and many times it will appear to make it worse. Additionally, there are many companies that refuse to even treat for this pest. But how can a treatment make the problem worse? This happens because many of the commonly used products these days act as flushing agents and when applied to the areas where the springtails are active, the chemical will both alert and flush springtails that aren't sprayed directly. The end result could be a mass exodus away from the spray which could route them inside the home.
  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 many times this will happen at bad 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 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 the person seemingly targeted!

Some springtail facts..

  1. Springtails nest down in the ground feeding on organic matter like dead plants, small microbes and anything recyclable.
  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.
  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 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.
  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 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 may tend to happen at certain times of the year but in general, it will happen only when the population is large enough to support the migration and when it is capable, the conditions must exist to make them migrate. For these reasons you may see several migrations a year but then none the following year even though they are still present in the soil.
  6. Springtails will die once exposed and cannot live out in the open for any significant length of time.
  7. Springtails do not infest dressers, furniture, clothing, people, pets, rugs or anywhere out in the open where you see them. 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 the problem area is left untreated, you'll continue to see them every time they migrate. 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 to prevent them from living out in the open as long as they might but again, they would naturally die anyway. But my point here is don't waste your time focusing on these areas; 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.

What will not work or help the problem!

  1. Simply spraying the inside of the home. This is a complete waste and though doing it won't hurt, it won't solve the problem.
  2. Spraying furniture, rugs, walls, attics, basements or crawl spaces.
  3. Washing your clothes, bedding, floors or countertops.
  4. Pouring bleach down the drain.
  5. Worrying about where they might be.

So then what is important if you want to control springtails?

  1. Moisture. First and foremost, springtails love moisture. When present, springtails will thrive. When absent, they dry up and disappear. 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 will keep your soil springtail free and this alone is what will keep them out of the house.
  2. Flower beds, 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 can serve as a sort of "springtail oven" that will grow populations quickly if left untreated.
  3. 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 up to 10,000 sq/ft. After applying the Bifen Granules, spray out the CYONARA RTS. This 1-2 combination used monthly or even more in extreme cases will no doubt knock down the springtail population enough so there will be that many less to invade the home.
  4. Realize that any cement around the home like a patio, driveway, stoop, garage or shed can all be serving 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 cold in their tracks. That means you'll be subject to the invasion if you don't treat. And yes, the type of treatment needed in some of these situations is the drilling method explained in our article. Much like a termite job, by saturating the soil under the slabs with a chemical you can no doubt reach areas otherwise hidden and out of sight where problems can persist for many years. Tackling these areas are sometimes required for any long term control and springtail eradication but it's hard to say whether such extremes are needed at first. Only after you're sure you've treated all open and accessible areas should you try to cover these remote locations. But in some cases they must be treated somehow and the actual application can be tricky, time consuming and difficult. But if you're goal is to create a springtail free zone, you may have to go this route.
  5. Remove as much of the organic matter, ground cover and other springtail "enablers" around the home. Removing this material will indirectly reduce the moisture level which in turn will directly reduce the amount of springtails that can survive. Alternatively you can simply apply the Bifen Granules and Cyonara on a regular basis and these treatments alone will many times be enough to keep the numbers down.
  6. Seal any direct routes of entry into living areas. Common locations where they gain access include expansion joints in concrete, pipe entry ways through slabs and basement walls, electric line entry points,  in ground ventilation ducts and bathroom trap boxes where water and drain lines run. This is usually just under the faucet heads of the bath tub or shower stall.
  7. Fix any leaks on the home related to a bad water pipe, a poorly draining air conditioning unit or a leaky roof. Such areas can become secondary nest sites for migrating springtails that find their way inside and if you don't stop the moisture, you won't stop the springtails.

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 and when conditions are right, they are able to reproduce to such levels that they migrate out into the open (like a herpes sore). Treatments for springtails (Cyonara, Bifen, Granules, D-Force, etc.) will help to minimize the symptom but they will not be treating the source of the problem and therefore are not a cure. Remember, the Cyonara or Bifen applied to the turf may only penetrate an inch or two when you first treat; maybe 4-6 inches over a long period of time. But springtails live much deeper than the treatments will initially penetrate which means you'll still have massive reproduction happening for some time to follow after you start treating. But if you stay the course, over time the rain and other natural events will enable the treatments to get deeper and deeper to where the springtails are nesting. Eventually this penetration will help to reduce the amount of reproducing that's going on which in turn will help to reduce the amount of springtails you see above ground. But don't expect to see much of anything positive following your first month or two of treatments. In other words, expect to see live springtails moving over the treated soil even a day following a thorough application. How can this happen? Well, the treatment no doubt killed all the springtails up at the soils surface. But again, there are countless millions waiting to get up and out into the open from far deeper than the chemical has penetrated and as they migrate up over the dead springtails, the treatments will take longer and longer to kill the newly emerging population. Sure they'll be dying in a day or two but by that time so many more will have emerged the net result will be lots of live ones with the dead ones disappearing back into the soil. The net effect will make it seem as though nothing is dying but in fact they are; it's just very hard to tell when there are so many emerging. Eventually (1-6 months into the program) you'll see a reduction in how many are emerging. And if you stay the course and treat monthly over a 1-2 year period, you'll no doubt get to the root of the problem which in turn will make the "outbreaks" of springtails emerging a thing of the past. Will springtails still be present in the yard down in the ground? Undoubtedly yes. But if you keep these numbers in check by treating, you won't have the visible outbreaks. When springtails exist in balance, they'll essentially be living in the soil and dying there without ever being seen.

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.

If you have reason to believe they could be in your roofing due to a leak, treat there with the DELTAMETHRIN DUST or D-FORCE AEROSOL. But these areas will become inhabitable once the moisture problem is stopped so in most cases they will require both a treatment and some mechanical work to fix the problem leading the nesting for long term control.

Be sure to read our SPRINGTAIL CONTROL article so you can better understand this pest and some of the other ways to treat and prevent their migrations from getting inside the home. Getting the outside will no doubt keep them from getting inside. And since their population no doubt took years to grow to this size, it's important to understand it will most likely take 6-12 months to reduce their population enough to make a difference so have patience. 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.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Springtail Control Article:  http://www.bugspray.com/article/springtail.html

Bifen Granules: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page719.html

Cyonara RTS:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/cyonara_rts.html

Deltamethrin Dust:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page723.html

D-Force:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/d-force-14-oz-aerosol

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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 #

Hi,
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?

PLEASE HELP!!!

Thanks, Insane in NC

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?

April 28, 2011

Kelly @ 4:50 pm #

Hello,
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,
Kelly

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.

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!

Tiffany

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.

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 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 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

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 #

Hello,

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!

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