We have been battling springtails for months now. (Actually years.) The latest course of action has been to apply Talstar granules ( I could get it locally same day) in a 10 ft perimeter around the house and watered it in with water. Two days later our Bifen arrived and we applied those granules in a 10 ft perimeter and watered it in with Cyanara. (That was June 24th.) I was waiting 1 month to apply another dose of Bifen and Cyanara. Do you think that is a good interval? Also today I noticed tons on springtails crawling on the dirt on one side of the house, basically right on top of the granules. I was wondering that since the dirt is so compacted (there is no mulch and the dirt is hard and dry) would it be beneficial to work loose the dirt so the Bifen granules would be more apt to go into the soil?
Springtail infestations can take a year or more to resolve. This is due to many factors as explained in our SPRINGTAIL CONTROL article. One of the main reasons is that springtail populations are able to nest and breed deep in the soil, far below the normal depths our chemicals can reach. In order to be sure your efforts are doing good, it’s strongly suggested that you apply the BIFEN GRANULES and the CYONARA RTS on a regular basis until you have gone a complete year without seeing any activity.
Now…. just how frequently is the million dollar question. This will vary from region to region, property to property. I feel a monthly routine would be ideal. It’s possible you might be able to treat less frequently and obtain positive results but for the few people that have stuck to this vigorous and consistent routine, they were able to get control with little or no activity the year following their initial efforts. For these people, the cost and effort of monthly applications were well worth the investment because in the end, the springtail infestation was gone. Now is this treatment routine needed for everyone? Probably not. But as our springtail article explains, if the soil around your home is breeding them then creating a “buffer” zone around your home won’t be enough to stop their never ending invasion.