How to Get Rid of Springtails

How to Get Rid of Springtails

First and foremost, the most important thing to do for springtail control is to identify the source and their nest. Springtails are known to move rapidly and will travel away from their nest to their food or water source. However, their nests are more or less hidden in smaller and less conspicuous areas. To eradicate the springtail population in your home completely, it is important to find the nesting area and control springtails from the source. There are different areas around your home that may be infested with springtails. This includes both areas indoor and outdoor. Some of these places may include areas near or around ponds, puddles, wells, crawl spaces and under wood decks, pool decks, jacuzzis or hot tubs, in basements, under insulation, under patio slabs, under sinks, in bath traps, and etc.

Indoor Control

Like all other pests, springtails will find their way in through any crack or crevice. However, due to their dependency on moist environments for survival, they will most likely be unable to survive indoors. If an infestation persists, this may be from the moist soil in the potted plants around your home or any leaking pipes that can serve as a great moisture source. Making sure that leaking pipes are fixed and removing or keeping the soil dry in your plants may be the key to indoor control. For complete indoor control, a dust product may be used in areas of little or no traffic like in the wall void, under cabinets, and under sinks. Delta Dust is a waterproof dust product that can be applied in thin layers with a handheld duster like the Bellowbulb Duster.

Outdoor Control

Mostly for springtails, finding a few straggling springtails indoors may be ineffective and a waste. Eliminating the moisture and the source outdoors is proven to be the most effective in completely eradicating the springtail infestation in your home. Homeowners must do a thorough check up of all areas that may be nests for springtails. This includes:

  • Checking and eliminating leaf litter, mulch layers and such areas from gardens and yards.
  • Firewood and lumber that retain moisture should be removed or lifted from the ground.
  • Grounds should be leveled out. Pools or puddles will serve as food and habitats for springtails.
  • Decaying matter, such as fallen and decaying trees, should be removed from your yard or garden.

After all these areas have been eliminated, homeowners should seal cracks and crevices and other possible entry points so that springtails cannot venture indoors. Also, clear zones should be made between the structure and surrounding decor that involves dirt or mulch. These clear zones should be kept as dry as possible.

For areas like under mulch, leaf litter, pinestraw and etc, a granule product can be used. Granules are the most effective with the use of a liquid insecticide. Granules can also be used in crawlspaces. Cyonara LP Granule can be applied with a hand held spreader. Cyonara LP Granules work as a contact kill after it is activated. For a faster contact kill, FenvaStar EcoCap or LambdaStar 9.7% CS may be applied by spraying with a hand held sprayer like Chapin Gallon Sprayer which will prevent migration. Also, the liquid insecticides may be used on concrete slab or as a surface treatment around the perimeter. However, for concrete slab treatment, it should be applied as if you were doing a termite treatment. Drilling 1/2 inch holes every 2 feet apart and applying about a 1/2 gallon every hole will be enough for treatment. If you are already receiving termite treatment, springtail treatment may not be necessary.

Delta DustBellowbulb Duster

Cyonara LP GranuleHandle Spreader

LambdaStar 9.7% CS Handle SpreaderChapin Gallon Sprayer

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Date: Friday, 11. February 2011 11:09
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    Help! We’ve been battling springtails for about 4 years and I’m literally going absolutely crazy. I believe they are nesting under my vinyl siding, as this is where I’ll see them all over the outside of my home. Then the entry points are through screens and very other crack and crevis around my windows and doors. What should I do? Everybody just thinks I’m crazy, but I’ve absolutely had it! I just want these things gone or I have to move. We’ve lived in this house 9 years, but have only noticed these over the last 4. One major change we made was replacing aluminum siding with vinyl. Is it possible that under the vinyl siding is the culprit? Shoud I rip it off? I’d appreciate any advise you can provide! Also, people mention these things in their furniture, etc, but w/o moisture they can’t live, right?
    Brandie

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    It could be, but since you just replaced your siding I would try using CY-KICK CS and spraying around that area and around the perimeter of your whole home. See if there any other moisture sources in which they may be coming from outdoors and be sure to treat that area as well. As far as indoor treat goes… spray the CY-KICK CS around the premises of the areas in which you are seeing them or feeling their presence. Spring tails cannot fly, they just jump REALLY HIGH so it may seem like they are flying. Therefore they are bound to land on top of the treated surface. If you wanted to use something along with the CY-KICK CS such as a type of synergist to enhance the effectiveness of the pesticide, I would recommend EXPONENT.

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    Would using a fogger in the room where they are located kill them? I’m losing my mind!! I vacuum everyday but if I miss one or two days, then I see a couple on my bed. Could they be coming in from my skylights?

    Thank you,
    Kori

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    Hi Kori,

    Unfortunately, a fogger would not be effective for springtails. You could use liquid concentrates (such as Fenvastar) to spray around the kitchen, concrete slabs, and wall voids.
    They can usually be found in damp and dusty areas. Hope you’re able to get rid of them!

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    Does anything kill springtails directly? And how bad can an indoor infestation get? Is there any chance they will reduce in population on their own? We’ve just noticed them in my sons bedroom.
    About 10-20 around the baseboards and bed. Only along one wall.

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    Springtail infestations usually indicate a moisture problem in the area. First inspect the area to see if you can reduce any moisture or humidity which create favorable living conditions for springtails. Meanwhile, eradication can be done with a product called CY-KICK CS or CY-KICK Aerosol.

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    HOW TO TREAT SPRINGTAILS!!!

    I have tried many ways to treat springtails in the past few years. Wasted over $2000 of dollars paying pest control companies and buying my own pest control products to try to get rid of springtails. None of those helped. I still had springtails in and around my house. I have tried more than 6 brands but none of them worked efficiently. YOU CAN GET RID OF SPRINGTAILS ON YOUR OWN. HERE IS HOW. USE Amdro quick kill lawn and landscape GRANULES! It works the best in controlling springtails. Remember to use GRANULES type, not concentrate/spray. Not only you have to try to reduce moistures, mold and mildew inside and outside your house. Apply Amdro granules quarterly throughout your lawn/plants and landscape. Water-in after you apply. You should be able to see a significant decrease in the numbers of springtails in a few days. From my experience with these little creatures, REMEMBER springtails infest fast in large numbers and they live in soils….you must use granules to control those in soils to prevent them from entering your home. You must apply granules quarterly cos springtails do come back from season to season. In bathroom, kitchen and doors, try to remove old caulks and reseal new caulks. Because springtails eat mold and fungus, so removing old caulks HELP!!! THIS IS the best advise I have from my experience with springtails. GOOD LUCK everyone. I know how u feel when u face 1000000ss of springtails. I have been there.

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    I have noticed a springtail infestation around our yard and a little stragglers here and there in the house by the back door. We did buy a suggested product from you guys and I have applied it twice but we still have them. I went out to check our pool recently that we’ve had covered and there is a population explosion of springtails in our pool and all around it! We live in SoCal if that matters for suggested pesticide usage. I am just nervous using pesticides on the concrete around the pool as I have kids and don’t want them to be swimming in pesticide runoff. What should I do to get rid off the springtails but keep my kids safe?

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