Springtail Identification & Prevention
What are Springtails?
Springtails are a type of backyard hexapod located in the United States. Sometimes referred to as cryptozoa, you can find these organisms living in soil or decaying organic matter near moist, marshy patches of earth.
Springtails are extremely tiny pests and are sometimes difficult to discern with the human eye. However, you can still make out the following details without a microscope:
- Springtails are slender, long insects measuring between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch long
- They are primarily white coloration patterns with the ability to jump extreme distances
- Their desire to congregate in moist areas leads to massive 'patches' of white
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Are Springtails Dangerous?
Springtails in Athens do not pose any danger to people, pets, or property. However, they cause some limited harm to plants as they feed on roots and steal valuable nutrients.
The primary detractor of springtails is largely related to aesthetics. Large numbers of these pests create unsightly white patches of pests that 'spring' forward when disturbed. The situation is even less appealing when these pests congregate in human gathering areas like patios, porches, and side yards.
Why Do I Have a Springtail Problem?
Springtail infestations in Georgia are almost always caused by excessive moisture in the yard. This could stem from poor drainage, clay-like soil, or man-made receptacles from tarps or toys. In all cases, stagnant water contributes to excessive breeding and the increased possibility of infestation near your property.
Where Will I Find Springtails?
You can find springtails hiding in rich soil with plenty of moisture, fungi, and organic matter. These pests settle down in shady, quiet areas where they can live, breed, and thrive in peace.
Although springtails are primarily an outdoor nuisance, you should know they can also infest the inside of your property. Open windows, cracks, gaps, and other vulnerable entry points allow water-loving hexapods to slip inside undetected.
How Can I Prevent Springtails in the Future?
You can prevent springtails from overtaking your home or business by following these helpful prevention tips:
- Control the moisture content of your yard by filling in low-lying areas and draining sodden areas
- Consider removing any compost piles around the yard to eliminate excess springtail activity
- Use dehumidifiers and desiccant bags to remove excess moisture inside your home
- Power wash any algal or fungal growth on driveways, sidewalks, and patios
How Do I Get Rid of Springtails?
The best way to get rid of springtails is to control underlying moisture factors surrounding your yard. Although this form of maintenance is possible (and essential) for a healthy yard, please note there's no way to completely eliminate the water content in your property. That's why it may be more economical to turn to the professional team at American Pest Control: Georgia's trusted provider of pest identification and management.
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