SPRINGTAIL CONTROL


 

Springtails are small insects which thrive where there is a lot of moisture. This can be in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, crawl spaces, behind walls, under siding, under mulch and just about anywhere moisture is prevalent and persistent. Springtails do not do any damage but we do get reports of customers being bitten by them when they emerge en mass and appear in living spaces. For this reason people fear the worse when they start showing up inside the home.

Springtails are commonly mistaken for fleas, ants, booklice, bark lice and psocids. They eat mold, mildew, fungus and decaying organic matter which is usually present in moist areas. They can be found in great numbers in homes which have been built for several years or in homes which are new. And though they seem to just “appear” from nowhere, in fact they take a long time to reach the numbers required for them to start over populating where they like to live. Unfortunately, once they reach that level and start migrating up and out of the soil, anything in their way will get infested.

 

SPRINGTAIL BIOLOGY

Springtails prefer to live under slabs, mulch, around drain lines, under house siding or under piles of wood. They will readily move under siding if moisture is conducting there and from there move into homes. Springtails are readily found under slabs, cabinets and under bathtubs where it is both dark and moist. The author has inspected many homes where large populations were found to be in wall voids. On several occasions the numbers were in the tens of thousands. This occurred because the population was never treated directly. The emerging swarms were quickly cleaned but the nest sights left intact. This allowed them to continue to populate, breed and thrive.

Springtails will develop into many sizes and shapes – even in the same colony – but the one constant among them is their ability to jump. They have an appendage, called a “furcula”, which loads like a spring. When threatened, they will release this spring and propel themselves away from danger – hence the name springtail. They will move in short runs, then rest, and then move again.

 

SPRINGTAILS IN THE WINTER

Since they can withstand extremely cold temperatures, they have been known to emerge any time of the year. In fact, its not uncommon to find them active in the middle of the winter. On any warm sunny day during the winter, populations thriving alongside a warm foundation wall will readily migrate up and into wall spaces, door frames or in some cases, out over the top of snow.

Though these migrating springtails will probably die if they don’t get back down in the soil, seeing them during the winter is a sure sign of a problem that needs to be treated and not ignored.

And though the yard and soil treatments listed below really won’t help till it’s spring, the aerosol treatments to wall voids, door frames, window frames, etc. can help. And by treating these areas now you’ll help to minimize the chance of them getting established above ground by nesting in the voids in your home.

 

SPRINGTAIL PROBLEMS

Springtails become a problem in and around the home when they begin to appear inside, around pools or in garages. The first time or two they emerge no one may notice. Once they establish themselves, however, their numbers will be so large that they will be very evident when they come out. Expect to see tens of thousands of them as they cover the kitchen floor, sinks, tubs, basements, pool areas and patios. It’s important to understand that this behavior is just a symptom of the real problem. In other words, what you are seeing is not where the problem resides but rather a migration of them from an overly populated area in search of somewhere new that they can infest.

 

SPRINGTAILS IN THE BASEMENT

Many times people will see piles of springtails on their patio or basement floor and think that spraying this area will stop them. Nothing can be further from the truth. If you don’t treat where they are nesting, you will continue to see them piling up in these same areas over and over. And don’t be confused by springtails found in your sink or tub. As stated above, springtails will find drain pipes in the home and follow them because they are moist. Where these pipes enter the home and the wall voids where they travel in the home are where the springtails will travel. Eventually the trail will end at a sink or tub and at that point, they will find overflow ports, drain pan or pipe vents and forage into the sink or tub. In other words, they aren’t coming up from the pipe but are in fact traveling along the pipe in the wall or under the ground to gain access to these areas. Once they come out they are easy to kill but if you want to get rid of them for good you will have to treat them where they are nesting or at least where they are traveling.

 

SPRINGTAIL NEST LOCATIONS

First, understand that springtails migrate when populations in main nest sights get over congested and dense. And these nests sights always start in the ground. It can be pretty much any place but commonly locations are under mulch, around down spouts, under slabs, wood piles, weed shields (plastic tarps placed on the ground to stop weeds from growing), around sprinkler heads, septic tanks, drain ditches, flower beds, ponds, streams, rivers and pretty much any where it’s moist.

Second, because most any yard will have several nest sites, it’s important to look at the whole yard as one giant nest. Using this approach, you’ll assuredly get them whereas trying to spot treat is likely to fail. This means if you treat as much of the yard as possible paying extra attention to the areas which tend to be moist and shady, you’ll likely be addressing main nest locations. And this is the key to solving spring tails problems. Why?

 

SPRINGTAILS NEED MOISTURE

Powered VentTemp VentMoisture is the one key variable all springtail populations need to thrive. And once you identify moist locations out in the yard or in the home, you should take any practical corrective action that will help to reduce the moisture levels.

When such locations are outside the home, there may be little that can be done to minimize the water content. But if you find high moisture in a crawl space, consider why this is happening. Install some TEMP VENTS or POWER VENTS to help remove the moisture as this will help.

Temp VentTemp Vents: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/temp-vents/temp-vent-brown

Powered VentPower Vent: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/temp-vents/temp-vent-powered-brown

 

Humidity MonitorInside living areas, wall voids could have leaks around windows, door frames or light fixtures which could help sustain the migrating masses. Seal these areas to prevent water build up. If the moisture is high under your sink, inspect the area to make sure you don’t have a leaky pipe. The same is true in bathrooms and basements. By reducing and/or eliminating moisture sources in the living area, you’ll reduce the areas in which these pests can live. The use of HUMIDITY METERS around the home can be a great help at identifying problem locations inside the home but in most cases, this will only help to diminish the migration and not solve the real problem. And in 99.9% of the cases where springtails are migrating inside, the problem is actually stemming from outside populations.

Humidity MonitorHumidity Meter:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/temp-vents/therm-humidity-monitor

 

SPRINGTAIL CONTROL

Once the moisture has been identified, you will still have to deal with existing populations of springtails. Though drying infested areas will help reduce their activity, springtails are mobile and will readily move from one location to another in search of moisture. If your problem is located under mulch, pinestraw or wood chips, you will need to use two products for quick control.

 

SPRINGTAIL LAWN GRANULES

SpreadersBifenthrinBIFEN GRANULES are weather resistant and do a great job of penetrating mulch and other damp areas where springtails are known to hide. Apply them with a HAND SPREADER over the infested area and be sure to treat as many of the same areas around your property since it is likely infestations will start there if they have not already. Bifen will release slowly over a 2-3 month time period and are the longest lasting granules we have.

BifenthrinBifen Granules:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/bifenthrin-g-25-lb

SpreadersSpreaders:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/spreaders/scatterbox-spreader

 

Essentria GranulesInsect Killer GranulesNow if you’re in a state where we cannot ship the Bifen G, we do have two other options that work fine. These are the COMPLETE LAWN GRANULES and the ESSENTRIA EXEMPT GRANULES. The Complete Granules uses an active that will last 30-45 days so you’ll need to apply it more frequently compared to . Essentria is made from food grade actives and is considered to be the “green” option meaning it has a very low impact on the environment yet it will control springtails fine. Expect 30 days of residual from this choice.

Insect Killer GranulesLawn Granules: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/complete-insect-killer-granules

Essentria GranulesEssentria Granules:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/granule/eco-exempt-org-g-22-lb

 

Once you’ve applied some lawn granules, you’ll need to get them activated. Do this by spraying over the top with a liquid spray explained below.

 

SPRINGTAIL CONTROL LAWN SPRAY

CyonaraCYONARA RTS is a great material to apply over the top of Bifen. It will both activate the Bifen and provide a quick knockdown of current springtail activity. Just hook it to your garden hose and get to work spraying over all the areas where you applied the granules.

CyonaraCyonara RTS:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/cyonara-32-oz-rts

 

The reason Cyonara is effective is due to the way it’s applied. Springtails are small and can easily hide. But because the Cyonara is highly concentrated, it requires a lot of water to distribute. And this means you need to apply it with a hose end sprayer. So expect to use 10-20 gallons of water during the treatment. This assures you’ll saturate the ground, the thatch and mulch leaving no place for the springtails to hide. This is also why using a regular pump sprayer just won’t cut it; you need a lot of water and your garden hose with a garden hose sprayer will be needed for this job.

And when treating, you need to cover everything. This includes the turf adjacent to the home like mulch piles, flower beds and any other area where close to the home. And don’t forget to spray the side of the house. Go up 5-8 feet letting the solution cover everything including the foundation and siding.

Cyonara will provide a quick knockdown so you’ll see instant results with any exposed springtails dying within a few hours. And the water used to apply it will help get the Bifen going into the soil which is fundamental for the long term control of springtails.

The following video goes over the treatment of soil around the home for springtails.



SPRINGTAIL CONTROL UNDER SLABS

Termite TreaterBifenSpringtails nesting under pool decking, patio slabs or slab homes need to be treated differently than just sprinkling some granules and spraying. These infestations need to be treated like a termite job. This involves drilling holes, around every foot or two, through which you will pump some BIFEN. Use our TERMITE TREATER to inject the holes and try to get a good 1-2 gallons of finished material into each hole.

BifenBifen IT:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen

Termite TreaterTermite Treater: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/termite-treater-kit

 

Foaming AgentSolo Gal FoamerBetter yet, apply the Bifen with a FOAMING TOOL. These applicators convert water mixtures into a thick foam so when you treat under a slab, the foam “carries” the Bifen up onto the bottom side of the slab. You’ll need to add some FOAMING AGENT to the tank mix so the foam is good and thick but for homes with springtail infestations, this is usually the only treatment that will stop them from nesting under the home. Springtails commonly nest on the slab surface and if the dirt under the slab has settled, just treating with nothing but liquid won’t get the required coverage to knock them out.

Solo Gal FoamerFoaming Tool:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foamers/solo-2-gal-foamer

Foaming AgentFoaming Agent: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/foaming-agent

 

 

SPRINGTAIL CONTROL UNDER DECKS AND AROUND POOLS

Termite TreaterBifenOne of the most common locations for springtails to nest is just under the decking and cement slabs that are used to surround in ground pools. The only way such nests can be properly treated is to either lift the decking and treat under it or drill holes and pump the BIFEN down into the ground under the decking and/or tiles using the TERMITE TREATER. The same is true for patio slabs and walkways – particularly where the slab attaches to the home. Drill 1/2 inch holes and inject the Bifen for quick and complete control; if you’re lucky there will be gaps large enough between the tiles that will let you slowly pour the Bifen mixture into the ground which will achieve the same result with a lot less work.

BifenBifen IT:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen

Termite TreaterTermite Treater: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/termite-treater-kit

 

SPRINGTAILS UNDER EXTERIOR SIDING

Since springtails are migrating from the ground up and onto structures, they will many times get underneath wood, vinyl or aluminum siding. When homes get this kind of siding installed, it will many times hold moisture which in turn can grow mold, algae and other organic life forms springtails need. So once springtails find these locations, it’s just a matter of time before they start living and breeding in these areas.

So if you’re seeing springtails active on the homes exterior siding, there is a good chance some have foraged into these voids. And since leaving them free access to this space is just letting them get that much closer to invading your living space, it’s always best to start treating under the homes siding as soon as any are seen active and foraging about in these areas.

The best product for these areas will depend on the kind of siding you have.

Hand DusterDelta DustD-Force AerosolPT-PhantomSo with wood, PT-PHANTOM or DFORCE aerosols will do the job. Because they use a straw injector, treatments will be directed right into the tiny spaces springtails will be using. But many times the home will be covered with aluminum or vinyl siding and in these cases, using a dust will prove a lot more effective, more cost efficient and longer lasting. No doubt using an aerosol would be easy. But aerosols will only last 2-3 weeks where as a dust can last 3-6 months. And a good dust to use for these “void” spaces is the DELTAMETHRIN DUST. Inject it by squirting small amounts every 2-3 feet up in to the gaps, seams and spaces seen along each row of siding. It will only take a little bit of dust and when applied with a HAND DUSTER, you can actually treat these areas quickly.

PT-PhantomPhantom Aerosol: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz

D-Force AerosolD-Force:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/d-force-14-oz-aerosol

Delta DustDelta Dust: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/deltamethrin-dust

Hand DusterHand Duster:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/centrobulb-14-oz-w12-ext

 

SPRINGTAIL CONTROL IN WALL VOIDS

If you have them inside the home and your house is built on a slab, you may have to treat under the slab as well. This will involve drilling and treating but will take care of this nuisance pest once and for all. But before you go to this extreme, try treating their routes of entry first.

CrusaderDelta DustOne of these routes will be to come through pipes and conduits that cut through the slab. Many times these cut throughs will lead into cabinets and wall voids where spring tails can hide. Treat these areas with DELTAMETHRIN DUST for long term control. This dust is unique in that it will not break down when wet – a condition which is generally present where springtails are living. Apply it with a HAND DUSTER. This tool will let you “blow” the dust 3-6 feet, deep under cabinets and into walls. If you don’t have easy access holes through which to pump the dust, simply drill holes every 2 feet 1/4 inch wide. This will allow you to spray into the void properly getting good coverage and the effect will be to kill springtails enter the home and help to keep them out because they’ll avoid treated areas.

Delta DustDelta Dust: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/deltamethrin-dust

CrusaderHand Duster: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/crusader

 

Pump 1 lb of Deltamethrin Dust for every 500 sq/ft of wall space. It will last a long time and take away treated areas as nest sites. And it will also stop them from following drain pipes or water lines that might be hiding in the wall void. Since springtails will readily travel up the wall following a drain line, you’ll need to dust as much of these spaces as possible. Wall spaces are used for drain lines which run upstairs in homes and apartment buildings. Springtails have been known to climb 10 stories up using this “highway”. A good dusting will both stop any there now and prevent them from forming nests so treat as much of it as possible.

 

SPRINGTAILS IN BATHROOMS

Bathroom walls, tubs and showers are springtail magnets. And if your home is built on a slab, it’s especially prone to springtail invasions at this exact location. This is because tubs, showers and toilets commonly sit over “holes” in the slab that are much larger compared to where pipes pop through. Known as a “tub box” or “bathroom trap”, these areas are left open so plumbers can have access to drain lines should the need for service under the slab become necessary. Unfortunately these areas tend to collect a lot of moisture along with lot’s of insects like springtails.

Once they come up at this location, you’ll start seeing them coming out of caulking, around faucet handles and shower heads. They’ll even appear in the tub or shower stall.

PT-PhantomD-ForceNow if you’re lucky, they’re just living under the toilet bowl or around where the tub or shower sits on the floor. For these mild problems,  a good treatment with either DFORCE or PHANTOM AEROSOL should knock them out. Expect to be treating about once a month to keep them in check and to prevent populations to get too excessive.

D-ForceD-Force:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/d-force-14-oz-aerosol

PT-PhantomPhantom Aerosol: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz

 

But if the home is built on a slab and the bathroom is at the slab level, the springtails could very well be coming up from the ground under the home. And for this kind of problem, you’ll need to do more to stop them.

And what we know is a more permanent solution is to create an access hole to key area under the tub. This is known as a “bath trap”. Basically it’s an open area through which water pipes and drain lines pass. They’re also a highway for insects to get into the home like springtails.

BifenThese traps are commonly set opposite of a closet or some wall of an adjacent room. So if you find that room in your home, you can usually cut a small section of the wall out so you have access to see what’s going on under the tub. Once the area is open, the trap will be visible along with any other problems like leaking pipes, cracks in the slab, etc. Spray these areas heavy with BIFEN and then seal them with a thin coat of cement. It’s important to place just a thin layer of cement because you may need to break it up sometime down the road. But only a thin layer is needed to keep out the springtails and in doing this, you can prevent them from coming up and into your bathroom altogether. Just be sure to spray with the Bifen prior to applying the cement.

BifenBifen IT:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen

 

HOW TO GET RID OF SPRINGTAILS IN YOUR SINK

Springtails commonly appear in sinks and this will happen because drain lines are a direct pathway inside most any home. Here are some images showing a mass of springtails around a kitchen sink.

 

 

Remember, drain lines typically run to sewer lines or septic tanks. Both of these locations are prime springtail nest sites and when populations are growing and expanding in these outside areas, migrating springtails will forage up drain lines and into your home. And once they come up out of the sink, they’ll be looking for a place to start new nests.

PT-221So if you’re finding springtails in your sink, you’ll need to treat the cabinet, around the sink and down the sink drain with PT-221. This product is labeled for use down drains and will offer immediate relief. Use it nightly before retiring so the treatment can sit overnight allowing it to have maximum impact. And be sure to treat any sink with activity; even if you’re not finding springtails it’s best to give a few second blast down every shower, tub and sink drain to insure you get as many as possible.

PT-221PT-221:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-221-l-17-5-oz

SurvivorsNow if you suspect your drain line has built up organic waste (this commonly happens in sinks which have sinkerators), springtails will start nesting inside the sludge and slimy build up that will be clinging to the walls of the drain line. To treat this kind of problem, you’ll need to start pouring SURVIVORS down the drain. This material will really help reduce and remove the organic matter on which springtails can live inside the pipe. Bleach and other cleaners won’t remove this organic slime so don’t waste your time, energy or cleaners by pouring them down the drain. But Survivors contains bacteria which will “feed” upon this organic matter and effectively make it “useless” to insects. Using Survivors weekly will eventually remove enough of the matter so pests like springtails won’t have enough food to live or nest in the pipes. Treat at night, just before retiring for the evening, so the treatment can “sit” overnight and work for a few hours before the water is run again. And it’s okay to spray the PT-221 down the drain after Survivors has been added; in fact using both is the recommended best way to treat sinks.

SurvivorsSurvivors: http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/survivors

 

Gentrol AerosolAnother aerosol treatment good for sinks is GENTROL AEROSOL.  Gentrol is a growth regulator and not a true pesticide meaning it doesn’t “kill” anything. Basically it copies a protein found in most insects and this protein is used during the insects development. The reason Gentrol can help is because when insects get over exposed to it, they don’t develop properly into reproducing adults. Lightly apply Gentrol down drain lines in the home for long term control. Gentrol can be used in conjunction with the PT-221 and Survivors and is just one more tool that can help in establishing long term control for springtails.

Gentrol AerosolGentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/gentrol-aerosol-16-oz



HOW TO TREAT SEPTIC TANKS AND ALONG DRAIN LINES

CyonaraNow if you feel the springtails are originating from a septic tank or cracked drain line, you’ll want to treat the dirt directly around the septic tanks and/or pipes out in the yard. In some cases this will be easy. Septic tanks will many times have covers or caps that can be lifted. And gaining access to this area will enable you to direct the treatment right where it matters. Give the exposed soil, rocks and void a good spray down with the CYONARA RTS monthly to keep springtails and other pests in check. By killing them here they won’t be able to follow your drain lines up and into the home when they migrate.

CyonaraCyonara RTS:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/cyonara-32-oz-rts

 

BifenthrinNow if your septic tank system is covered in dirt, you’ll need to use a less direct treatment method which will include the BIFEN GRANULES applied over the top. Once in place, the hope is to have enough of the active penetrating down deep where it can adversely affect the nesting springtails.

BifenthrinBifen Granules:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/bifenthrin-g-25-lb

 

Staking ToolTo help in the process, you should poke holes in the soil every 6 inches. This pattern should be done directly over the entire area covering where you project the septic tank, void and drain lines exist. These holes should be at least 3-6 inches deep and deeper if possible. Any type of garden instrument can be used to make the holes but a STAKING TOOL works well and easy to use. Once the holes are in place directly over the septic system, treat with the Bifen Granules making extra effort to get the granules “into” the holes you just created. By holding the granules you’ll insure the active leaches into and down through the soil below ultimately reaching the nesting pests.

Staking ToolStaking Tool: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/tools/staking-tool-4

 

For homes with drain lines that lead to sewer systems, springtails appearing in your sink means you have some kind of access point in one of your drain pipes. This will happen when a drain line cracks or has an entry point that needs to be capped or sealed. Get someone one to inspect the drain line system in the home and have it repaired if they find a breach. This will be the “best” way to stop the immediate invasion and once you locate and repair the break, the springtail problem should fix itself because once you take away the access point and remove the moisture, they’ll die naturally.

 

SPRINGTAIL CONTROL IN CRAWL SPACES

Dustin MizerDelta DustIf they are thriving in a crawl space which is moist a lot of time, you can either treat with Bifen by spraying it out over the top of the soil or by dusting with the DELTAMETHRIN DUST. Spraying will only last a month or two per application so you will have to get down there several times a year to break the cycle and insure it does not develop again. The use of the Dust will provide longer residual and thus reduce the amount of times you will have to treat. Typically a good dusting will last at least 6 months and can easily last over a year! Apply the Deltamethrin Dust with a DUSTIN MIZER. This unique hand operated power duster will enable you to blow the Deltamethrin Dust 20-30 feet providing uniform and complete coverage.

Delta DustDelta Dust: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/deltamethrin-dust

Dustin MizerDustin Mizer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/dustin-mizerdeflector

 

 

SPRINGTAIL CONTROL FOR BASEMENT

Springtails emerging in the basement can be a tough problem to stop because you may not be able to tell easily where the springtails are coming from. As explained in this article, you’ll only stop seeing them inside the home if you identify and treat the central source for the population you’re seeing. When springtails ares seen in the basement, there is usually one of two things happening.

The first scenario is that the home is built over a moist area that can sustain a springtail population. This commonly happens when basements are shallow, say 2-4 feet deep, and not the more common 10 foot “box” with 10 feet or more of foundation wall on all four sides. Walk out basements are prime examples of vulnerable basement types that lend themselves to springtail infestations. With walk out basements, the one side of the basement is at ground level so it’s a lot like a basic cement patio slab and just under this section at ground level, springtails could be thriving and moving about. From this outside location they will easily migrate inside as populations develop and grow. In most all home construction, walk out basements are on the “low” side of the property. This is the side which normally has water channeling down to it which is fundamental for springtails to live and thrive so the conditions are many times ideal in such areas.

For scenarios like this, you’ll need to deal directly with the source of the springtail invasion to stop the problem. So if you suspect they are living in the ground just outside the basement door that leads to the outside area and this door is at ground level, your initial focus should be the ground outside. Treat this area heavy with the Bifen Granules and Cyonara. If this is the source of their numbers, your treatments will reduce this “just outside” population which in turn will stop any from coming inside.

Termite TreaterPermethrin SFRNow in a second scenario, it could very well be that the springtails are nesting directly under the basement slab. If there is enough moisture no doubt this could happen. And once they get established in this area, you’ll be finding a never ending stream of springtails coming inside. To solve this type of infestation, you must drill and treat the slab much like you would if you were treating for termites. Small 1/2″ holes should be drilled along walls or cracks where the springtails are emerging. Next you need to inject some PERMETHRIN SFR into the holes using a TERMITICIDE TREATER. In most cases you won’t have to treat the entire basement; there is usually just 1-2 walls where they’re living and active. But every case will vary so the rule here is to treat as much as you think you need to treat and then over time determine if this was enough. So if the invasion stops, you probably solved it with your initial application. But if you continue to find them adjacent to where you treated, say on one side, then obviously you need to treat more of an area.

Permethrin SFRPermethrin SFR: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/perm-sfr

Termite TreaterTermite Treater: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/termite-treater-kit

 

Worth mentioning is that if your basement is finished with studs and wall boards covering the cement foundation, you must assume the springtails are nesting in the wall void too and treat with the dust as explained above. And if these treatments fail, then the drilling of the slab is inevitable and should be done next.

 

SPRINGTAIL CONTROL AEROSOL FOR LIVING AREAS

Phantom AerosolIf you know they are coming out of specific cracks around molding, window frames or light fixtures and the white residue of the Deltamethrin Dust is too messy, use some PHANTOM AEROSOL for clean and invisible crack and crevice treatment. It won’t solve the problem in the walls or under slabs but it will provide a quick kill of the emerging adults and keep them at bay until the long term residuals do their job. Dforce is also good to use outside where you have massive migrations occurring. It also works well for other pests so you will be able to put it to use for many problems in and around the home.

Phantom AerosolPhantom Aerosol: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz


WHAT ABOUT USING A PEST CONTROL SERVICE COMPANY FOR SPRINGTAIL CONTROL?

Are you currently using a pest control service company and still having springtail problems? We hear this complaint quite a bit and feel it’s important you must understand that using a pest service company does not mean you’ll instantly be springtail free. Remember, service companies will attempt to solve pest problems with as little product as possible and when it comes to springtails, this will many times result in prolonged infestations that seem to never end.

Additionally, it can sometimes be hard to get the company you hire to treat enough of the infested areas for the problem to be truly controlled. As explained above, springtail control will many times mean treating the entire yard, under cement slabs, under the homes exterior siding, in wall voids, down sinks and in some cases, under interior slabs. Most pest control service companies are not going to do this immediately so don’t be surprised if you still have an ongoing problem even after months of relying on a service to handle the problem.

No doubt one of the biggest reasons their treatments are doomed to fail is because the customer forces the company to focus their time and effort treating areas out in the open. In other words, spraying where springtails are being seen. And as explained above, this will not get rid of the problem and in most cases, fail to do much of anything. True, any springtails out in the open will die. But because there will be a never ending stream of new springtails coming up from the ground, etc., more will replace the ones killed and in the end, it will appear the surface treatments aren’t doing a thing. Well, if you don’t persuade the company to treat where it will matter or do the work yourself, the problem will go on indefinitely.

Now we have seen many instances where customers use a service company to some work but end up doing a lot of treating themselves. This insures all the key locations are getting attention, etc. This also allows for applications to be made in between service visits which can really help.

And since the level of treatments needed for most springtail infestations isn’t covered under regular pest control contracts, it’s the only way for the problem to be handled quickly unless you pay for all the extra service that will be required.

In the end, as long as you or your service company (or both of you working together) are using the professional grade products we have listed above, springtails can be defeated. Just follow our guidelines making sure to identify the key locations and you can achieve success.

Springtails are a pest in and around the home throughout the United States. They are able to live in all types of soil and will thrive when wet, damp conditions are available. Though easy to kill, you must get to their nest sight if you intend on breaking their cycle and preventing massive migration and activity in the future. To do this you will need to use a combination of the products featured above. Two or three treatments will usually resolve any level of infestation along with moisture reduction and you should be able to knock them out once and for all.

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Comments on SPRINGTAIL CONTROL Leave a Comment

January 19, 2012

laurie b. @ 11:46 am #

i think i have springtails in my tomatoe plant soil indoors. will sevin dust kill them? my leaves are mostly green but some turn yellow and leaves are curled. any home remedy suggestions to kill them and are they hurting my tomatoe plant? thanks laurie

January 22, 2012

mike m. @ 8:28 am #

Springtails are appearing between the caulking around my bath tub faucet. I do have a leaky tub. If i were to fix the steady drip, what kind of pesticide can i use to help kill the little pests?

January 28, 2012

S. @ 2:30 pm #

I keep finding springtails on the carpet area in my basement. I had professional exterminators spray and dust but we keep finding them. Have been fighting them for 9 months. Basement is dry. What to do next?

January 29, 2012
February 20, 2012

Shannon @ 8:50 pm #

I have them crawling out of the base boards in the wall where the piping runs to the second and third floor condos. (I am on the first floor). How am I supposed to treat all the way up condo 2nd & 3rd floor?

February 21, 2012

nathalie @ 8:37 am #

I have been finding them on my patio….I live in south Texas and we have been getting a lot of rain lately…what should I use to treat them? I live in a house and surrounding the patio is mud…

March 1, 2012

Lucas @ 4:56 pm #

To whom it may concern:
I have problem with springtail inside and outside my house. I want to know if you have the chemicals to get rid of them. Please let me know ASAP.
Thank you,
Lucas

March 4, 2012

Christina @ 11:45 am #

Hello,
I’m having a problem with springtails in my bathroom along the bathtub walls and the floor at the base of the tub. How would you apply the Deltamethrin Dust. Would you have to drill small holes in an adjacent closet or room? I could spray with the DFORCE AEROSOL also? Thank you.

March 12, 2012

Erika @ 1:55 pm #

Last summer we were infested with springtails, in every room, on the walls everywhere, in the kitchen, and all bathrooms. They were all outside of the house as well. We had a professional who worked with us on the problem, however he was unable to help. After months of researching and trying sprays, granules, and pesticides on our own, we gave up. FINALLY in September they “went away”. Now, it’s March, and they’re coming back. I’ve only seen a few, but this is how it all started last year. In a month we’ll be infested again. My question first is, do we use the Bifen Granules with the Cyonara RTS throughout the yard? And the 2nd is, and this was my question all last summer too, is it possible that they are coming up into the house from our DIRT (the dirt is tarp covered) floored basement? If so, can we use the Bifen Granules and Cyonara RTS down there as well? I just want to be safe as far as fumes in the house go. Thank you so much in advance.

March 13, 2012

Erika @ 9:05 am #

Thank you SO much for the advice! I’ve ordered my Bifen and Cyonara. These little guys aren’t going to get the best of me again this year!@Tech Support:

March 14, 2012

Christina @ 11:20 am #

Hello,
I tried ordering the Bifen granules, but they can’t be shipped to CT. Would the Cyonara spray be ok alone or can you suggest another granuale or dust to use outside in mulch areas, flower beds, etc that can ship to CT? Thanks

March 16, 2012

elizabeth @ 12:50 pm #

I have been finding springtails only in my windowsills. All of them. I have checked the house and around the windows but I am not seeing them any where else. During the warmer seasons we have scheduled pest control spray outside and spray the inside of the home ourselves. I live in Memphis, Tn and it has been raining a lot and we are already in the 80′s as far as temp goes. I have a baby and a toddler. What is safe to use and why are they only in the windowsills?

Technical Support @ 5:34 pm #

If you read through the article above, you’ll learn that what you’re seeing is merely a symptom of the real problem. And the real problem is that right now the springtails living in the soil around the home have multiplied to such a level that they have no where to go but up and out in the open. During this migration some are ending up inside the home and for now, they’re mostly on the windowsills. But if you let it get worse, they will no doubt start moving into the living areas of the home too as their numbers grow. So how do you stop it?

As explained above, you must get them where they’re nesting and that will be In the ground around the home. And though you might have someone spraying the foundation, it will take a lot more than just a spray. Especially if he isn’t treating the turf which is where they always start.

So for now, be sure to have a lot of granules applied monthly all year long, over the course of 1-2 years, and maybe you’ll reduce the local numbers enough so you don’t get them swarming inside. But this will take time and a lot of outside treatments.

As for the ones inside, you can vacuum them up and then apply some of the Phantom to all the cracks and crevices around the windows. I also suggest you dust the wall void under the windows too with the Deltamethrin Dust. These two treatments will no doubt slow down the invasion but if you don’t get them in the ground, this problem will only get worse and worse no matter how much you apply inside because this is not the source of their nesting. Oh, as for the safety of the people and pets; no problem when the two products I mentioned are used properly. And that’s because they should not be applied to the living space; just the cracks and crevices and wall voids. Therefore no one should be coming in contact with the treatment if you do it correctly. Good luck and stay the course if you want them gone for good!

Phantom: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz

Bifen Granules: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/bifenthrin-g-25-lb

March 23, 2012

michelle @ 9:26 pm #

hi- similar to another post, our problem was an infestation, went away, and has now returned. The springtails are getting in through the sink drains. How do we treat this permanently with the dust? Or, should we order the spray and spray the drains?

March 24, 2012
April 8, 2012

Scott Boydston @ 11:56 am #

I read a lot of great information about treating springtail invasions but I missed how I can go about locating where they are nesting. We have lots of planters and bushes and grass in our back yard, so I don’t know if they are coming from there or from under our concrete slab. We first saw them in our bath tub and we still see them there. Except now we see them around and in our window sills. We saw them for the first time just last week. I want to get to attacking the nest but don’t know where it is or how to locate it.

April 10, 2012

Eric @ 8:37 pm #

I have a big problem with Springtails on my front porch. If I were to get a pest control company to treat for termites, would this solve the problem? Or do I need to use the specific products listed in the above article? Thanks.

April 17, 2012

Nick Martinez @ 12:01 pm #

I have a springtail problem I currently spray with Bifen XTS. I would like to use the Bifen granules to kill them where they live (in the ground). But I have a Black Lab who loves to eat grass. So my question is are the granules safe for pets? My house also has old asbestos siding and I always see the springtails coming out from behind the siding and going back underneath the siding. Would dust under my siding be a good way to control this area?

April 18, 2012

Lora Field @ 11:04 pm #

I have a horrible springtail problem in my kitchen sink and all over my kitchen floor. That’s it. They aren’t anywhere else. But I have to wash 50 of them down the drain every time I go in the kitchen. I’ve had the exterminator out twice in two weeks, but it’s not helping at all! What should I do? I can’t stand it. They’ve looked under the kitchen sink and don’t see any.

April 19, 2012

Lora Field @ 9:48 pm #

Thank you for your help! I don’t have a septic system, so I’ll try the Survivors.

April 25, 2012

nancy @ 12:54 pm #

I live in Michigan by Lake St Clair. We also have springtails in the bath tub and kitchen sink. They do go away in the winter. We have an above ground pool and my problem is IN the pool. I saw what looked like a bunch of dirt floating on top of the water but when it didn’t filter out. I scooped some of it up in a cup and dumped the water out of the cup and in the bottom of the cup was about 50 springtails. At first they didn’t move, then all the sudden they started jumping. They were very small like the ones in my bathtub. I tried everything last summer to get rid of them. I over chlorinated, tried to rise the P H, skimmed with an old pair of nylons. I did not know that they floated and lived in the water. Do you have any suggestion for when I open my pool this summer? I hate to have to take it down, we Love the pool!!!

Jess @ 1:10 pm #

I live in Las Vegas, so it’s a desert climate and just started warming up here. I used to see these little guys in my kitchen sink and in front of my patio doors (inside). I have a monthly pest control service now (to rid myself of a few scorpions who made it in the home) and the sink/patio springtails have all but disappeared. I will very rarely find one in the sink. However suddenly I am finding 5+ of these guys in my second floor master bedroom on the bed. I am mortified and have been sleeping on the couch downstairs for about a week. I had my pest control guys come out and spray the baseboards, the master bath, and they even pulled back the carpet a few inches off the wall and sprayed beneath the carpet. They also sprayed inside and outside all bedroom windows. But these buggers keep popping up on my bed. I am at a loss for how to get rid of them because I can’t tell where their point of entry is. Nothing on the window sill. Nothing in the master bath 8 feet away. Only on the bed and always near the headboard. Any suggestions? I’m tired of sleeping on the couch :( I have vacuumed all carpeting daily, even moved furniture around to get the normally harder to reach carpeted areas. I need them gone asap. Thanks!

Jess @ 2:17 pm #

@Tech Support:
Thanks. I will work with my pest control team and hopefully get this resolved soon.

Any thoughts as to why they’re taking to the bed? There is a central air vent directly above the bed near the headboard, and I had a hunch they might be coming out of there. But this is just me reaching for an answer. I put some clear packing tape over parts of the vent to see if I catch anything, so I’ll check in a couple of days. But I doubt they’d be in there. I’ve tried tape on the carpets but haven’t caught a thing. Only on the bed. And again not in the logical moisture places like the master bath just feet away.

Jenna @ 10:07 pm #

Hi last year we had a problem with springtails more on the outside of the house which some ended up inside but I m a little freaked out cause I really don’t wanna deal with this again but my question is: is it possible that we only had a problem last year because of the amount of snow the winter before? With the ground being so wet for so long and never really being able to dry out?? I’ve lived here for a while and never seen them before last year. Hoping they won’t be back!!

April 26, 2012

Jeremy @ 11:46 am #

I manage a self storage facility in Michigan and a tenant who has an interior storage unit that is not climate controlled called to tell me that she took some boxes from her unit and when she got home she noticed these very tiny bugs on and in the boxes. She called a pest control service that immediately identified them as springtails. Since the building is not climate controlled there is humidity retained in the storage units during humid/rainy days and the concrete floors can become wet with condensation. I sell a product called Damprid that many of my tenants use to eliminate moisture in their units. Will eliminating/reducing the moisture and humidity in my tenant’s unit prevent the springtails from migrating into her storage unit? Also, can springtails cause any kind of damage to her belongings in storage?

April 30, 2012

Linda @ 6:12 am #

We are having our home treated outside for springtails because we had an infestation in the house that has taken us months to get under control. There is only one room in the house that no matter what we do, we can’t get them out. It is a small office, carpeted. We are running a dehumidifier in there for weeks now. We’ve taped the windows shut and checked everywhere they might be getting in. Unfortunately I am one of the few that has a reaction to these little pests so they drive me insane! Could they have a nest under the wall to wall carpet? This is a second floor room. I am afraid we’ll have to take the carpet up because we have a cat and I’m afraid to use heavy duty chemicals inside the house. It’s been seven months of battling these critters. Is there something I could put on that rug or would you suggest ripping it out and installing vinyl flooring?

Eric @ 4:28 pm #

I sent a comment before about seeing springtails on my front porch. I have only seen a couple in the house but I want to kill them before they get in. I have red rocks in my flower beds and all around the house, not mulch. Will the granules penetrate through them and get in the soil or will I have to move the rocks? Also, I have this pest control service that has tubes that were built in with the house, so when the pest guy comes all he has to do is attach to these 2 boxes on the outside of the house and the spray will release through the tubes that are in the walls of the whole house. My question is, should I have him pump the Bifen through the tubes next time and should that take care of treating the wall voids? Thanks.

Sandy @ 7:56 pm #

We bought a home back in 2009 and we noticed we had them last summer! Our house is on a slab with no basement. We noticed them first in our kitchen floor and some around our kitchen countertop around the sink but not necessarily in the sink. We open our vents in the kitchen and living room and noticed some in there too! How do we get rid of them?? And are they harmful to humans as I have two small children that are constantly on the floor? We’ve already caulked all over our base board to try and seal them out. It did help a little bit but we are still seeing them! Should we worry we might have a greater problem… Like our foundation?? Please help!!!!!!!

May 1, 2012

Vivien @ 11:47 am #

Just tonight I came out of the shower to find a tiny grey insect on the tiles just outside the bathroom. I tried to squish it but to my surprise it jumped. I tried a few more times but it kept jumping away, not very far, just about 20cm away from where I struck. So I tried to pour some water over it first hoping that it would get stuck or drown but it didn’t and when I tried to squash it again, it jumped away again. I was getting very frustrated with it and the next time I tried, I found it had disappeared and I could not find it again. I was afraid it was a flea or lice since it jumped but after some research online I’m thinking it is more likely a springtail. I have never come across one before and there was only one that I could see in the house (so far) and it did rain a lot today so I am hoping that this is the reason a stray one entered the house. But after reading this article I am very afraid that it will soon be an entire population in the house so I am just wondering if you had any suggestions for me to do in preparation to prevent that from happening. Thanks in advance.

May 11, 2012

Mike @ 11:04 pm #

I have springtails coming in at my windowsills, which are aluminum. The home is solid masonry, three wyths of brick, so no wood to be damp, but as we all know, masonry tends to stay damp. How would you recommend getting rid of these little critters?

May 18, 2012

Tami Kilmarx @ 11:47 pm #

It would seem we have springtails in our bathroom sink on the second floor. My son just brought a shirt to me that was hanging on his bedpost that was crawling with tiny bugs that appear like those in the sink?????? (His bedroom is on the second floor?)

Would springtails be migrating into his bedroom and now all over his bed? What do I do? Help?

May 19, 2012
May 29, 2012

Josh @ 12:57 am #

We just started digging for a pool. Suddenly these little bugs are all over my siding, few are crawling into the home. Could digging the pool have stirred them up? What should I do?

My home is new, no leaks that I’m aware of. These little bugs have been found in every room now. Albeit very small numbers so far, but we have been killing them. We had the exterior and interior sprayed, and it has helped reduce numbers, but I still see a bunch of them crawling on our siding.

May 30, 2012

Carrie @ 12:40 pm #

Okay, I read the entire article and all the questions and answers. I think I read so much I am confusing myself.

We have Springtails all over the siding, window sills and coming in the bathroom. This means they are migrating from the yard, right? I’m already noticing they are worse than last year.

We have 4 dogs (small ones)

To treat I should start with the yard and use Bifen and Cyonara spray over top. Should I use the Cyonara on the siding too?

Then use the DForce in the house along windows and such?

Sorry, I know you must get tired of the same questions.

May 31, 2012
June 2, 2012

Amy @ 8:20 pm #

We believe we are having an issue with the springtails. They are in the basement, garage and on the front porch. We live on 5 acres.. I guess I am wondering where you would focus your efforts when your yard is large… Also we have a pet; how safe or what precautions are needed if we were to do any of these treatments?

June 16, 2012

Emilie @ 3:24 am #

I’ve done my research and I’m positive they’re Springtails. It misted and sprinkled at my house the other day and since then I’ve notice THOUSANDS of these horrible things. But as of today, they are inside too. Not only my bedroom but my bathroom, porch area and also the kitchen. They are
everywhere and they need to go. What might I do? Would it be alright to call exterminators, do you think they could fix this problem?

June 20, 2012

Jen @ 10:31 am #

I am treating with the Bifen granules every two weeks as suggested. However my husband and I are still seeing them on our patio which two years ago we had a termite job done on the patio and all around the home. Our patio is roughly only five years old. Do you think we need to do your “termite treatment” with the foaming agent or do you think that the springtails on the patio are an overload from the ground around it? We also have them in the basement and we had a termite treatment done on our basement floor at the same time we have the house treatment done. What are your thoughts and suggestions? The problem is definitely much better than it was two summers ago. However, they are still coming in through the electrical panel in my kitchen where my light switches are and I see them on my kitchen window sills and in my bathroom as well as the basement and outside… again it is much better than it was two summers ago. We’ve also dusted inside the electrical panel with the Delta Dust but we still do see them coming out of there every few days.

June 21, 2012

Laura @ 1:32 pm #

I live in NW New Jersey and have a similar problem with a lot of the other people who have left comments. Have seen springtails in the house for the past few summers. They disappear completely in fall but we start to see them again around May. We always see them around the kitchen and bathroom sinks but this year they seem to be in parts of the house I have not noticed before. Wonder if they may travel through the AC duct to those rooms? We have had the house treated by a professional pest control place for carpenter ants and cave crickets. The products they use work great on those creatures but apparently have no effect on springtails. I would like to try the Bifen granules and Cyonara RTS but want to make sure they are ok to use with the pesticides that have already been put down which according to my receipt are Demand CS, Generation, and Termidor. Any information you have would be very appreciated.

June 22, 2012

Laura @ 2:39 pm #

Thanks for the previous advice. I am ready to order several products to get rid of these springtails but it turns out the Bifen granules and Bifen IT cannot be shipped to NJ. I see that you recommended the Complete Granules as an alternative to someone who had a similar shipping issue. Do I apply the Cyonara over those the same as I would with Bifen granules? Also, since I can’t order the Bifen IT is there another product you recommend for spraying the foundation and baseboards or might the Deltamethrin dust be enough? Thanks!

June 29, 2012

Benzo @ 12:58 pm #

I live in an apartment complex and its been really hot and humid in Michigan lately.. so I decided to spray my bed sheets with a water bottle thinking this would cool me down a bit at night.. well I am laying in bed and bam! Two gray bugs of good size come crawling up the mattress .. my bed is also against the wall by a heat vent.. what should I do to rid these things.. I know not to spray water on my bed now after reading this :)

June 30, 2012

Benzo @ 12:09 am #

Ok then, sounds good. Thanks for the advice. Cheers!

July 1, 2012

Laura @ 8:44 pm #

Hi –
We received all the products from you very promptly and have applied the granules and cyonara outside and will be using the delta dust and Dforce. There is a crawl space under half of the house that is very accessible. Which product would you recommend we apply there?

July 4, 2012

Laura Jackson @ 2:51 pm #

My first experience with springtails happened today. Very weird to see them jumping out of my landscaping. The landscaping is about 15 feet from my house. When I treat the springtails in the yard as you suggest, will I risk “chasing” them towards the house?

July 5, 2012

Michelle S. @ 10:36 pm #

I just want to say thank you for providing us with this information. I first noticed springtails after getting some mulch from a local garden store. It’s been two years of just killing them when we saw them occasionally in our bathroom and this year we are seeing hundreds (or more) outside. We found several in our bathrooms and a few in the kitchen but immediately started treatment and although they keep coming back, we are noticing a difference. I was in such a panic – I hate bugs! But having your website and encouragement that continuing treatment will eventually lead to a bug free house gives me great comfort. No one here has even heard of springtails. We first tried calling several exterminators and none of them had heard of them. So thank you!

July 7, 2012

Candi @ 11:28 pm #

I have had 3-4 different pest control companies treat my house since I purchased it in late 2005, yet none of them can control the springtails or earwigs. The current company that comes, according to their treatment slips, is using Talstar and/or Bifen. However, there has never been a decrease in the population of either pest. We have them year-round and they seem to be getting worse by the day. I have quarterly treatment plus call back at least once monthly for “problem pests”. Wondering if I should just try to fix the problem myself instead of paying someone else??

July 8, 2012

Kathy @ 12:05 am #

Thank you for the information. I have a few questions about which items to purchase for the 1/2 acre of yard I need to treat. Do I purchase:
1). Bifenthrin G 25 lb bag with the Bifen XTS (in place of the Cyonara which treats smaller areas)?
2). To determine quantity for a year treatment program, would I apply each of these products monthly from April – November (near Chicago)? Do I stop once there is frost or do I continue as long as there isn’t any snow?
3) Again to determine quantity to purchase, do I treat the house interior with Survivors and D-Force on a monthly basis? I have a very persistent invasion problem.

July 9, 2012

Anonymous @ 11:34 am #

Is there a secure site to order the stuff?

Josh @ 2:53 pm #

I just want to say thanks for the advice and the product recommendations. We have seen the springtail invasion reduced to almost nothing in two weeks. I plan on continuing treatment every month or so to maintain control.

Thanks again!

July 12, 2012

Jason @ 11:34 am #

Hello,
I am finding springtails on the wooden ledges and trims of my windows in multiple bedrooms, kitchen and finished basement. They also appear to be running along bottom wood trims in my rooms and through AC vents which are located on walls near the floor of many rooms. I have found some in my kitchen sink as well. I will rarely find any in the bathroom. I have cedar mulch up against the front foundation of my home for the past 6 years, but this is the first year I am having this problem.

I recently put wood chip mulch over a porous rock landscape mat around the side and back of my home but I since removed all the matting and mulch in those areas when I began noticing the bugs inside. Unfortunately, this has not fixed the problem. I have raked back the cedar mulch in the front of home home about 1 foot. I ONLY see the bugs inside my home at night. I never see any during the day, but once 8:00 p.m. comes I start seeing them in multiple locations inside the home described above. I do not have any leaking pipes. Can you provide any insight, based on my situation, as to where they are likely coming in and what would be the best attempt at treatment? Thank you!

Jason @ 7:52 pm #

Thank you so much for your response. I will apply the Bifen granules and Cyonara RTS as you prescribed. However, I am interested in being rid of these forever and not needing to constantly apply this stuff every 2-3 months. Do you recommend me removing all of the cedar mulch from the front of my home, and replacing it with gravel with a weed mat underneath? Thanks again!

July 14, 2012

Kandy @ 2:00 am #

I have a two-story 2300 sq/ft home on a slab that is 3 years old. I have springtails everywhere. They are coming in the front door. The patio door. Through the kitchen window. The drains in bathroom and tub, under baseboards. Traveling up the walls in the kitchen and bathroom, coming out of light switches, on the kitchen table, etc. Just name a place and those bugs are there. I ordered the dust and sprayer. What else do I need to do?

Brandi @ 8:51 am #

Your article and answers have been so helpful. I live in Michigan and we are currently experiencing a terrible invasion. It has been a really hot and dry summer, so I assume they are migrating to find moisture? I plan to treat with the granules and the spray first. Is it helpful to water the yard intermittently to draw the springtails back to the moisture there? Will that at all help? Also, we live on 5 acres, in the middle of a hay field. How far around the house would you recommend treating? Thanks!

Brandi @ 9:33 am #

@Tech Support:
Thank you very much. We have them everywhere inside, mostly window sills and along the base boards. Should the cyonara also be sprayed on the concrete around the house? Like along our walk out basement and leading in to the garage? Are any of these products available at local businesses, or are they online only? Thanks again for your help.

Brandi @ 1:10 pm #

@Tech Support:
Thank you. I’ve placed my order. Hoping to get these things under control.

July 15, 2012

Tamara @ 2:13 pm #

I was just curious as to why one house in the neighborhood might have an issue with springtails outside/inside the house and their neighbors don’t have an issue (or a known one anyhow)? We’re the house with the issue of course!

We used your site last year to initially buy/treat outside, but I’ve just re-read all of these answers to re-educate myself on treatment guidelines since we still have them. Therefore, my husband will now be treating more of our yard (as he was only doing the Bifen & Cyonara about 4 feet from the house at most), especially since it sounds like it’s safe for kids after the first few hours.

Since we see them coming up from sinks/drains, I am also going to buying Survivors and Gentrol Aerosol. I have to have hope that if we continue this routine, it will “solve” the problem over time. We’ve been doing it since last year routinely, but will expand out treatment area and utilize the drain solutions in hopes to finally decrease their numbers to non-noticeable numbers!

Thanks again for having the most information about a subject that most have never heard of.

July 16, 2012

Tamara @ 9:49 am #

Ok, a follow up question about treating inside while we continue to attempt to get control of them from the outside…..

We have been using a less concentrated amount of the Cyonara to spray inside (around baseboards, etc). Is that what we should be using for indoor treatment of the springtails or is there a better (and of course, safe for indoor around kids) product to be using? We do have Delta Dust we are trying to spray around the pipes coming into the house in the basement as well. But wanted to know what is best for overall indoor treatment.

I see Bifen IT listed as well as D-Force. These are good for crack/crevice treatments, but is it also the best suggestion for overall spray for baseboards and such? Not sure how long the Cyonara lasts versus the D-Force or Bifen IT either.

Thanks again!

Tamara @ 9:55 am #

Ok, and one more follow up question from my husband (sorry for the separate threads – forgot when I was typing the previous message).

My husband just informed me that for the past year of treating outside with Bifen, he’s been watering it after applying it as the Bifen bag says to do so. I had him read your information (and watch the video – great by the way!) and told him he should be spraying the Bifen with the Cyonara instead. Is that correct? That he should skip the “plain water” step and activate it with the Cyonara/water mix instead?

Also, we have a pump sprayer we use for outside Cyonara treatment on the house and over the Bifen. Since we don’t have it in a ready to spray/hose bottle (and still have a lot of the concentrate left to use), do you have any tips on how heavy to put it on/how much to use using a hand pump method?

Thanks again (again!)

Tamara @ 10:44 am #

Thanks. We are pretty sure they are coming in from the drains unfortunately. Or at least, that is the main source as we see them in sinks/tubs mainly. So doing the Survivors and Gentrol, but also wondering if we should have the pipe going into our house checked for cracks, especially since in that area we had water seepage through the foundation wall (had that crack repaired from the outside). Just wondering if there is an issue with the pipe coming from the city’s main pipe into our house (which I’m unsure how to explore anyhow). Ugh, we will keep trying, but infuriating!

Kim @ 1:42 pm #

Hello – Unlike the comments above we don’t see them in the sinks or tubs. They are in our bathrooms and bedrooms on the first floor (on a slab) and we noticed that they tend to be around the floor length windows / in the corners. They could be elsewhere, in the carpet, but we put down “sticky strips” and that’s how we try to track where they are / volume. Now I am seeing them on the ceiling! Is this normal for springtails? The other side of the house is over a partial unfinished basement and I know we get them there as well. We had professional pest control for years and then starting spraying on our own since they didn’t really help us. We also have mulch around most of the house. Should we consider landscaping with rocks instead of mulch? This website was the most helpful information I’ve found. Thanks!

July 27, 2012

Jill @ 2:42 pm #

Your article states that these bugs eat decaying plant matter. Can this translate into them eating the wood siding / flooring in my home? Coming inside appearing to be a pest and actually eating / destroying my home are two different things!

July 31, 2012

Teresa @ 12:25 pm #

We live in a new construction home that is 4 months old. I am seeing about 5-10 springtails a day in both bathroom bathtubs and shower drain. There has also been few around some windowsills both upstairs and in the unfinished basement for the last 2 weeks. Does this indicate how large of a problem we may have? I have ordered Bifen Granules, Cyonara, Survivors and Gentrol Aerosol.

Tom @ 10:38 pm #

I’m in New Jersey and have a springtail problem around my pool. The insect control company we used said they legally can’t spray around a pool so they just spread Talstar EZ granules on the surrounding stones and lawn and said that rain would help activate it. The treatment was done 5 days ago and it rained immediately afterwords, however, the problem has not improved and we are still getting thousands of springtails in the pool around dusk. Do the granules take time to work or should I (can I) consider spraying the area with Cyonara RTS at this point?

August 1, 2012
August 2, 2012

Teresa @ 7:28 am #

The springtails appear to be penetrating the perimeter of the house as I have only seen them in perimeter facing rooms. I will be treating the outside of the house and lawn. What is the best treatment for window sills and inside walls?

Teresa @ 7:47 am #

I forgot to ask what treatment should be used on insulation? It was removed to look for mold and there was none found, so it was replaced. But there are some springtails found on the insulation on the partial exposure wall in the basement.

August 11, 2012

max @ 4:15 pm #

Just discovered through your website that the bugs in my kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and tub are springtails. I’d been killing 10-12 a day in the kitchen for a few weeks, and just started seeing them in the bathroom now the last couple of days. After reading the article I did some investigating. I didn’t see any evidence of them in my basement, or even around the house. Though I do have some flowerbeds (with weed blankets and mulch) that I’ve been watering religiously during the drought. Didn’t find any under the sinks, or even in a utility sink in the basement. Only in the two sinks and the tub themselves. Haven’t seen them anywhere else in the house as of yet. I’m hoping that means I’ve identified the problem early on before things get worse. At any rate, before I found your website last night I closed the two sink drains and the tub drain, and put tape over the overflow holes, and have only seen a couple of stray springtails since. Am I correct in thinking that my problem might be a crack in my drain pipe somewhere? (I don’t have a septic system). I’ll certainly have it inspected by my plumber. I’m planning on treating my lawn and flowerbeds regardless, but also considering the Survivors and Gentrol for the drains, and something for under the tub and in the “tub box.” Given my situation, would you recommend anything else? Thank you for your help!

August 24, 2012

Jimmy @ 1:14 pm #

Hi there, I am seeing springtails around my back patio sliding doors, on the floor. Only about 2 or 3 here and there, maybe 10-15 per day. We have a new home, about 2-3 months, with new landscaping that does include mulch. Would using bifen granules and cyonara rts on the mulch and patio area do the trick? What can I use on the door sills of the sliding doors? Thanks!!

September 1, 2012

Jimmy @ 5:55 pm #

Thank you for the advice! Will the Phantom work right away or does it take a few days for it to kick in?

@Tech Support:

September 2, 2012
October 5, 2012

Chris @ 1:04 pm #

Hello, I recently discoverd your site and it contains some great information. I am interested in ordering the correct products from you but concerned about the severity and origin of my infestation. I have lived in my older victorian home that has aluminum siding for approximatley 5 years. The infestation does seem to be getting worse but are still what I would call random. Seems to happen heavily in the spring and fall with an occasional outbreak in the summer. Usually these infestations last a copule of weeks and then subside. But buy heavy infestation I mean hundreds to a thousand or more. They like to sit/collect on my window screens and back door and siding around these areas. They are most almost always highly concentrated on the north corner of the house that gets little direct sunlight but by no means is this area consistantly damp. I’m going to start tracking to see if heavy rains trigger the out breaks or not. But interested in why they may be collecting on windows and screens (as opposed to wood) and why I can go weeks to months between outbreaks without much evidence or activity at all. I hope and assume that my interior wood sheathing is not moist so they wouldn’t be feeding and breeding there. I would guess they are nesting in the ground around the foundation and poured concrete walkways (slabs) as your site indicates. But again curious about the areas they collect in and why the ramdom outbreaks. And since the concentrations can be high in my opionon, does it help to treat we higher amounts of Bifen for the soil or is there another approach that can be considered? I need to get this under control as it has become a huge nuisance.

October 13, 2012

Chris @ 10:02 am #

Thanks again. One final question, is there an average depth in the soil that springtails tend to live and breed in? I’ve also just realized my neighbor has a plastic tarp over his planting beds…approximately 15-20 feet from my problem area. I feel my efforts could be futile treating my property without asking them to remove that plastic so I can treat that area as well??

October 31, 2012

Cathie @ 12:05 am #

Do Springtails leave tiny crumbs and tacky dust every where like termites? I live in an apartment that is loaded with these tiny bugs. I thought I had termites. My sister’s bug man told me that I had Springtails coming out from under my walls and in my bath tub. Thank-u for all the good information.

December 4, 2012

Elvira Guiton @ 9:05 pm #

Hello, I have thousands of springtails all over my outside walls and outside floor is completely covered and a couple in my kitchen sink. I don’t know what to do anymore. I tried applying boric acid but that didn’t seem to work. I don’t know if i should try to do it my self or call a pro..?? Please help.

January 14, 2013

Kacee @ 11:58 am #

We have springtails in our bathroom, primarily around our shower. I cannot find their nest but think it might be around/behind some cracked caulking. I live in a high rise apartment so drilling holes, etc… is not a real option. We have two young toddlers. Any thoughts on what to do in terms of treatment?

Kacee @ 1:17 pm #

Thanks for such a quick response. I live in NY so Phantom will not be an option. As for D-Force, would it be effective as a residual treatment in a shower stall or will it wash away? The springtails seem to like to congregate in the corner of our shower stall and right outside.

Kacee @ 1:40 pm #

Extremely informative. Our plan is to treat several times and then re-grout and seal all of the cracks which should go a long way, hopefully, to eliminate the problem.

February 24, 2013

Catherine @ 3:12 pm #

@Tech Support: Hi, after reading through your extensive posts I have found lots of helpful information but unless I missed it, I haven’t seen a situation exactly like mine. Please help!

We live in a suburb of Toronto, Canada, and have had tons of snow these past couple of months. About two months ago I noticed little black bugs on my hardwood floor in my living room, along the wood trim of the patio doors. Most were alive, some were dead and when I opened my patio doors to see where they were coming from, I was shocked to find a thick trail of these bugs leading to a (horrifying) squirming mass of them tucked into the wood trim of my doors.

They were along the metal track where the patio doors close and all over the wood trim, just inches away from piles of snow. I thought this was really odd that bugs would be above ground during such cold and snowy conditions, so I grabbed tons of paper towels and wiped them up, thinking that they must be a lucky pile of bugs that had somehow evaded the cold and snow. Boy was I wrong!

Vacuuming the kitchen today, I shook out my dog’s bed into the snow and noticed a bunch of little black jumping bugs. Initially I thought that my dogs must have fleas…(sorry girls)! But then I remembered that squirming ball of bugs from two months earlier so I checked the hardwood floors in my living room and saw they were back. Much to my horror, they are not only outside of my living room doors, but are also in giant balls outside of my family room patio doors and kitchen patio doors now too. They are only inches away from 3 foot piles of snow! We live on 2 1/2 acres that backs onto forest and have three kids and two dogs…how should we go about getting rid of these bugs during winter?

March 12, 2013

James @ 9:03 pm #

Located in NY. Can you recommend any granules or sprays that can be used in NY. Bifen and the other products can’t be purchased in New York. I have been using Eco smart granules. The exterminating company we were using were not reliable.

Any recommendations would be great looking to treat the problem myself at this point.

March 13, 2013
April 5, 2013

Shobhan @ 2:14 pm #

We live in Phoenix, Arizona and our home sits on a slab. In the last few months our two bathtubs and shower floor have been crawling with tiny bugs. From reading this article and the comments, I believe they are indeed spring tails. We see a few crawling on the bathroom floor as well, especially around the toilet. What product(s) should we use and how frequently for our dry, hot desert southwest climate? How safe are the products to use in a home with allergy-prone people?

Thanks.

Shobhan @ 3:00 pm #

Thanks so much for the prompt and detailed response. We plan to follow your advice right away.

April 28, 2013

Rudy @ 1:36 am #

Hi – I bought a house plant from Home Depot about 3 weeks ago and 2 days later I started noticing the springtails. Once I realized the only thing that changed in my apt was that I brought in the house plant, I moved it outside but I keep on finding them near the window and front door. I fogged my place recently and then realized there was a ton outside so I tossed the plant out. My question is since I got rid of the plant (nest in my opinion) and cleaned the patio could I have invited a new nest under my concrete or is my problem on the way to being over?

May 9, 2013

John @ 11:09 am #

@Tech Support: In your above reply to Tamara dated July 16, 2012, you did not recommend using the pump sprayer to spray over the Bifen Granules. I’m not a fan of using the hose end sprayer because I always feel that too much water is coming out and diluting the product. What if I use the Cyonara concentrate from a pump sprayer to spray over the bifen granules on the approximate 2,000 square feet of lawn/dirt and then follow it up with a light spray of water from the hose? Does that make sense?

May 28, 2013

Janet @ 10:22 am #

I read the article but it’s a little confusing for novices like me that have no idea about pest control to figure out exactly what steps to take. My house is brick on a concrete slab.

We have what I believe are springtails in one of our bathrooms only. I believe they are coming from the toilet area which is a small room separate from the tub/sink/shower area. That is where I mainly find the bugs but have also found them in the tub and window sill. They haven’t shown up around the shower or sink yet.

There is landscaping on the side of the house outside the bathroom with weed cloth and pine straw around the plants (azaleas). Can you please tell me the exact sequence of events, which of your products to use, and how to use the products to try and eradicate them?

Thanks so much for the information! Your site, article and sections are extremely helpful – just hard for me to figure out exactly what to do. Another question, is the Bifen and other products I will need available for shipment to SC?

June 2, 2013

Al @ 8:54 pm #

I have found some dead ones in the bathtub and maybe 10-15 swimming around in the toilet water. Can these little guys come up thru the water trap in a toilet?

June 16, 2013

Nichole G. @ 8:54 pm #

Hi – this is my first time dealing with Springtails. I cannot seem to get them under control! I have noticed them for a month now. I have tried to get rid of them mostly this past weekend outside and inside our home – I have tried all sorts of bug killers from my local hardware store, vinegar, bleach, etc, NOT working!

I have one of those basements that are still mostly above ground with a back patio which is a concrete slab. I have noticed them heavily in our 1 bedroom downstairs, mostly around the perimeter of the room but also on the window ledge inside. They are also all over the basement floor, which is concrete, I have not seen them in the carpet in the basement, they are also all over the patio concrete slab outside and the tile inside leading to that patio, all in the dirt around the outside patio, then also all over our A/C unit, which was leaking quite a bit straight out of a pipe that was coming out of our house which created a deep moist hole in our dirt right up against our house! We dug a lot of the wet dirt out to try to allow the hole to dry out but we are not sure if the leaking pipe has leaked so badly that the dirt is moist even deeper, possibly under the house? There is also a pipe that leaks condensation when the A/C unit is on and this pipe is not sealed…..we are not sure if we can seal around it…I actually was seeing a few Springtails going in toward the house on that pipe – do you think it is crucial to get that sealed? Maybe I should call the A/C company to make sure that it is ok to seal that pipe? There were also a lot of them underneath and around concrete gutter splash blocks, I moved these blocks away from our house – do springtails live in concrete gutter splash blocks, should I get all plastic? There were many of them on our brick siding on one side of our house but they are all gone now after spraying them with everything I have in my house and removing moist dirt and the gutter blocks – do you think they went back to their nest or possibly some of them died?

Outside, they are found at: the A/C unit area, the back concrete patio, and the one side of the house with the two concrete gutter blocks – they were not in other areas as plentiful around the house or even at all.

Inside, they are found at: all over basement concrete floor, near laundry but not behind the units (no wet areas there either), especially in the 1 guest room (has the A/C unit outside of it and the two gutter blocks outside of it on the outside) – they are not in the carpeted area in our basement though – they are not upstairs at all (not kitchen, not middle bathroom) EXCEPT in our master bathroom, which we use often and is small – they are found on the tile floor, along the baseboards and around the toilet only.

We have lived in this house 1 full year and I do not remember them last year – yes, the A/C unit was leaking then too…ugh. Is it possible the A/C unit is the main problem? Or a combination of things?

Final note, yesterday I did purchase a dehumidifier for the basement (which did not feel very moist to begin with), it read that our basement it is usually around 55-60% humidity, and I have the dehumidifier running at 40% humidity in the bedroom that they were most heavily found in, but unfortunately the springtails are still walking all around it.

I am so worried that even though I have reduced the numbers around the outside of the house this weekend they may be under the house or in the walls!

Thanks for reading this long post! What do you suggest? THANK YOU!

June 17, 2013

Nichole G. @ 9:25 am #

Thanks so much for the response and careful instruction with products. Just to make sure I understand correctly, the Phantom is for barriers, cracks, and certain smaller more specific spots of where Springtails are fond, whereas Bifin IT is applied all over an entire area – like my entire basement floor, entire bathroom floor, correct? If that is right, how much Bifin IT should I purchase if I am covering my entire basement floor and entire upstairs wood floors, and 3 tiled bathrooms ~ 2000 square feet. Thanks.

July 9, 2013

stacey @ 9:10 pm #

I’m seeing these pests more and more in my home! I have a split level brick home on a concrete slab. I have only seen then in the window seals of two bedrooms on the lower level but they are prominent on the upper main living level. I understand I need to get the materials to treat the outer perimeter but I cant determine the entry points. I have seen them in all window seals close to drains but also sooooo many in my sky light above the shower. Also several in the bathtub but none in the actual separate shower.

So how can I tell if the entry point is the windows or the pipes?? Also, is the indoor treatment child safe? I have a 1 year old. What would make them so prominent on the upper level and not the first level? Thank you for reading. My husband thinks I’ve gone mad!

July 10, 2013

stacey @ 9:29 am #

I really cannot thank you enough for your attention and promt response in this matter! I have referred and sent the link to your website to 3 people already this morning and will continue to do so!! I will be purchasing all the products you have mentioned! @Tech Support:

July 22, 2013

jeremy @ 9:03 am #

We have springtails. We put new mulch down 6 weeks ago and then got 3 weeks of rain. Then they invaded. Terminix has been out twice, reduced them, but they are still in every room of my house, on every window. I agree that Terminix is not going to do what is really needed to treat the in ground population so we are going to do it ourselves. Thank you for all the information, how to videos and product links as well as good pricing. My wife wants to know that we can in fact get these out of our house. She is so upset and just wants to sell the house! Will it really take a year or two to get these under control? We live in Ohio. Will fall/winter give us some relief? Is it possible we bought infested mulch? Thank you again.

July 23, 2013

jeremy @ 1:14 pm #

Thank you for the quick answer! A couple follow ups if you don’t mind. What is the difference between the two aerosols you recommended? Would it be good to get both, or one or the other? Second, if I have some raised boxed (1ft high and 8×4) vegetable garden beds close to the house, how close can I put the bifen to it?

Thank you so much!

Bob @ 2:19 pm #

I have a problem with springtails in 2nd floor bathtub. They appear to be coming from drain. I have used various treatments with white wine vinegar, bleach, drano etc. These treatments appear to knock down the burden of the infestation but they keep returning in a few days. It appears from your article that a combination of PT-221 and Survivors treatment is best. How do I keep them from spreading to nearby sink drains that are attached with common plumping? Do you have any other suggestions?

July 24, 2013

Bob @ 8:53 am #

@Tech Support: Thank you for your advise. I have one follow-up question. Are these products safe to use if there are infants in the household?

September 17, 2013

Katherine @ 12:09 am #

I finally understand how to deal with these pesky pests!!! Thank you for clearing up so much! Every other site I visited, I heard the same thing: “springtails are harmless and die off inside homes.” Or they simply state: “get rid of moisture and humidity and they’ll go away.” I don’t understand how these “experts” can say this?!?!

The info you have provided makes so much more sense! Now for my questions…

I’ve just recently discovered some springtails along the baseboards and bed frame of my son’s room about a week ago. I’ve been keeping the room dry with fans and hair dryers and doing lots of vacuuming. However they still appear at night mostly. Obviously after reading your article I now know why. I know now I should treat our yard with bifen granules and then sprayed with cyonara. Should we still treat my sons room? And how?

Lastly, I did have a few other questions to debunk some things I’ve heard from other pest control specialists:
1. Do springtails EVER go away by themselves?
2. Do springtails cause skin irritation?
3. Treating our entire lawn and garden area is sure to stop them from coming inside, right?

September 19, 2013

Katherine @ 12:34 pm #

Thanks! You guys have been my saving grace in this ordeal!!! We’re ordering these products tomorrow!!! Another quick question that no ones been able to answer: is it safe for my son to sleep in his room until we treat it? I’ve read horror stories about ppl inhaling and ingesting springtails and then having them “swarm” around the mouth and nose area. Please tell me that’s unlikely.

Also, can they “spread” the same way roaches and other pests like bedbugs do? For example his clothes, and backpack… Are they safe to be in his room without fear of bringing the little guys out into other areas of the house?

September 20, 2013
March 9, 2014

Kevin @ 8:38 pm #

Finally I may have found an answer to what these bugs are thanks to your informative site. I do have a few questions and no concrete answers yet so hopefully you can help me a bit more. First, how can I tell for sure that what I’m seeing are Springtails? The characteristics you describe seem to fit as does a lot of the other information I read but is there a more definitive way to determine whether or not these bugs are actually Springtails or not?

Second, we have a lot of woods around our house. We have one neighbor kitty corner across the street from us but other than that it is woods all around. I have not seen any Springtails actually in our house and they are not a constant presence at our house. They seem to make appearances at random times and at random spots around the house and yard. The closest I have seen them get to our house is when they were on the sidewalk next to the garage and on the foundation wall below the siding and around the entry door to the garage. They were they there for approximately 24 hours and I haven’t seen them there since. Could they be nesting in the woods around our house and not actually in our yard? If that is the case is there anything I can do other than treat our yard to help ensure they don’t migrate into our yard?

Finally, as I stated previously is the fact that I saw the bugs on the foundation wall an indication that they are already in our house despite the fact that we haven’t seen them inside yet? The first time I noticed the bugs outside I didn’t think it was a big deal when they disappeared the next day. The second time I saw them I started to get a little nervous about them getting into the house. It seems like if they had moved inside the house they would be visible to some degree just based on the number of them that appear and the way they congregate in one area but I didn’t know enough about what I was fighting to know one way or the way what to expect.

March 10, 2014
June 22, 2014

Mandy @ 2:21 pm #

Are any of these products safe for use around children? We have springtails in our home and we have small children that crawl around on the floors. If we treat outside too; we’d want it to be a “safe” environment around our home. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thank you in advance.

July 1, 2014

Rob @ 9:32 pm #

Great video about springtail treatment! Your site is the most comprehensive advice I’ve seen for eliminating these bugs. I keep finding springtails all over our porch and they occasionally get inside, so I know what my next project will be. My question is: Does the Bifen spray treatment you use in the springtail video have any effect on earwigs? They get inside pretty frequently as well and it would be nice if one treatment could eliminate both pests. Thanks!

July 2, 2014

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