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.
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.
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.