Tiny Bugs That Jump Like Fleas
|Springtails are occasionally misidentified as fleas because they can occur in the home and jump.
Are you seeing some tiny little insects in your home that jump like fleas? If so it's probably an infestation of springtails.
Springtails are primarily an outdoor pest. They can, however, survive indoors for an extended period of time if they find a good source of moisture. They usually enter homes through small cracks or plumbing voids, so you'll normally find these little pests in kitchens, bathrooms, or other rooms with plumbing pipes.
Springtails feed on decaying vegetation, mold and mildew, so homes with rotting pinestraw, leafs, or mulch are likely candidates for an infestation.
While fleas jump with their legs, spingtails jump with the help of an appendage called a "furcula". The furcula loads like a spring that, when released, propels them great distances. When threatened, they will release this spring and propel themselves away from danger.
Springtails don't bite, although the snapping motion of their pointed little furcula may cause a pricking sensation. Usually, a homeowners frustration with springtails has more to do with their sheer numbers than anything else.
Control Measures - Non-Chemical
Although pesticides help with the short-term control of springtails, the best long-term deterrent of these tiny insects is through habitat alteration- listed below are a few suggestions to help:
Find ways to keep the perimeter of your home dry, perhaps the addition of French drains and/or proper ventilation will help reduce the level of moisture.
Eliminate the pest's food source, you'll need to rake up fallen leaves and remove moldy or decaying mulch in the landscaped areas.
Address any plumbing leak or humitity issues inside your home.
Control Measures - Chemical