Springtails are small insects which thrive where there is a lot of moisture. They can be white, tan, brown and black and during the warm season may be seen 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 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 or psocids. Also known as Collembola, springtails eat mold, mildew, fungus and decaying organic matter commonly found in moist areas on and around the home.

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 over populate and be forced to migrate. Unfortunately, once they reach that level and start migrating up and out of the soil, anything in their way will get infested.





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 collects and from there they will move under the siding, into wall voids and eventually inside living spaces.

Springtails are readily found in any soil, leaf litter or mulch and survive well under slabs, under bathtubs and basically anywhere both dark and moist. The author has inspected many homes where large populations were found to be in wall voids, inside rain gutters, in the water closet of a toilet and under roof shingles. On many occasions the numbers were in the tens of thousands. This occurred because the population was never treated and when conditions are prime, they will multiply at alarming rates.

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 come in many colors and shapes. Young can be clear to white like a small termite. And some species are curled like a flea; others are flat like a psocid or silverfish.




They most certainly can survive in the winter. In fact springtails can withstand extremely cold temperatures and are 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 cold snow.

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



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.



First, understand that springtails migrate when populations in main nest sights get over congested and dense. And the original nests sights always start in the ground. It can be pretty much any place but commonly locations are under mulch, around down spouts, under patio 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.

Third, understand that from the ground, springtails will migrate up onto homes and at first, move under the homes siding. In fact many homes have springtails under their siding but don’t ever know because they never come inside. But if the population gets too dense under the siding, they will then migrate from there through windows, door ways, light fixtures and into living spaces.

Lastly, springtails will readily migrate up through drain lines and commonly appear in kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as showers and tubs.



Moisture is the one key variable all springtail populations need to thrive. So if you irrigate the turf and flower beds around your home, you will no doubt be “fertilizing” the local population. In humid regions, the springtails in the soil will readily over populate forcing them to migrate up and into homes.

If your home has a crawl space or basement with springtails, check the air moisture with a HUMIDITY METER. If these areas have excessive moisture, install a dehumidifier to help reduce this level.


Humidity Monitor





For crawl spaces, install TEMP VENTS to help reduce this moisture. They fit in the common hollow block hole 8″ tall by 16″ wide and automatically open and close with the changing temps. This insures hot humid air can escape but as it cools outside, they’ll automatically close up to keep the heat in.

Temp Vent






Springtail problems can take years to develop. In fact they exist in all climates and will readily thrive in the hot southern states or up north where it gets cold and stays cold for 5-6 months a year. Springtails are very much a part of nature and as such fundamental to the recycling of all things organic. Much like termites are natural recyclers of wood; springtails are natural recyclers of plant life.

And even though moisture is directly related to their survival, its important to understand reducing moisture will not eliminate the problem. Reduced moisture will reduce their numbers. And in living spaces, any house using air conditioning will have an environment “tough” for springtails to use. But if it takes 5-7 days for them to die after they migrate inside and they keep migrating inside daily, they’ll be replacing the dead ones faster then they’re dying which means the amount you see will look like its getting worse with every passing day.


Now once you start treating a springtail problem, you should expect the process to take a good 2-3 months. Outside applications will eventually end the migration inside. But seeing them inside will be ongoing. Or at least it typically is if you’re already seeing them inside. The key is understanding that if you treat the outside on the schedule we advise below, you will reduce and eventually eliminate the ones entering your home. And once this happens, you won’t be seeing any inside. At least any more “new” springtails.



In most cases, only two “steps” will be needed to get the problem under control. But if it continues to be an issue after 2 months, you’ll probably need to do the third treatment step too.

Since springtails come from outside, the most important step is treating the homes perimeter. This will be done with granules and liquid spray.

Once the outside is treated, problems inside can be addressed using an aerosol and in some cases a liquid spray. If you see them coming out of drain lines and gathering in a sink, tub or shower, you’ll need to use a drain line treatment too.

Lastly, if the outside and inside have been treated thoroughly for 2 months or more and you’re still seeing them appear inside, you’ll need to treat voids using a dust.



BIFEN GRANULES are weather resistant and do a great job of penetrating mulch and other damp areas where springtails are known to hide. Treat a band around the home covering at least 10 feet out from the foundation. This will eventually give you a “springtail free” zone on all sides with dirt, mulch, pine straw, etc. Remember, granules are slow to release but this is fine and very much the whole point of using them.

Expect to use around 2 lbs of granules per side of the home; most homes will need 5-10 lbs applied once a month.





Any “push” type fertilizer spreader can be used to apply the granules; if you have a lot of flower beds and ground cover making that style impossible to use, go with a HAND SPREADER.





Now if you’re in a state where we cannot ship the Bifen, to with either COMPLETE LAWN GRANULES or  ESSENTRIA EXEMPT GRANULES.

The Complete Granules uses an active similar to Bifen and is very much a true insecticide.

Essentria is made from food grade actives and is considered to be the “green” or “organic” option meaning it has a very low impact on the environment. But it works well for springtails and other pests and treatments will last just as long

Use the Complete Lawn granules at the same rate as the Bifen; 2 lbs per side of the home on average and retreat once a month.

Insect Killer Granules




Same with Essentria. 2 lbs per side of the home on average and retreat once a month.

Essentria Granules







Immediately after you apply the granules, you’ll need to spray to get them activated. This can be done with a sprinkler system but the preferred way is to use CYONARA RTS over the top.

This concentrate hooks to your garden hose and is ready to go. Use it safely over ground cover, flowers, mulch, grass and even vegetable gardens. Spray the homes siding too. In general you’ll want to spray “up” as high as your garden hose water pressure will go.

Cyonara will cover up to 15,000 sq/ft well and in general, one quart will be enough to treat around the home at least 2-3 times. Expect to use Cyonara as is needed. So if you treat on a Saturday and note new springtails on the homes siding in just 4-5 days, spray again. The granules only need to be applied once a month but the Cyonara should be used as is needed until the problem is under control.






If you have a large home or lot and expect to be spraying on a regular basis, get BIFEN XTS. This concentrate will cover a lot more area and save cost over time. Mix it at 1 oz per 5 gallons of water and use this to cover up to 5,000 sq/ft. That means a quart of Bifen will cover up to 4 acres so its the equivalent of 12 quarts of Cyonara. This means its about 12 times as powerful but even so, you’ll need to use it over and over just like the Cyonara. At least that’s typically whats needed for the first 1-2 months.





You will need a good HOSE END SPRAYER to apply the Bifen. Using our sprayer, you’ll want to add just 1 oz of Bifen and to the sprayer and then fill it up to the 5 gallon line. Next, hook it to your garden hose and use the entire tankful to cover up to 5,000 sq/ft of surface area.




Regardless of which concentrate you choose, the key to success is how you apply them. Springtails are small and can easily hide. But these products will knock them down. But you must use a lot of water to distribute the mixture. In fact this is why using a regular pump sprayer just won’t cut it; you need a lot of water to get the most “coverage” and your garden hose with a garden hose sprayer is well suited for this job.

Now if you want to use a “green” product instead of the Bifen or Cyonara, ESSENTRIA IC is basically the liquid form of the granules mentioned above. Use it at the rate of 2 oz per gallon per 1,000 sq/ft in the hose end sprayer above and you’ll get the same results as either Bifen or Cyonara. But it won’t last as long so you may have to treat more often. Essentria can be used inside, outside, and since its made with food grade actives, can be used safely in any kind of “sensitive” environment.





BE THOROUGH WHEN SPRAYING! 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 or Bifen 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.


Springtails nesting under pool decking, patio slabs or slab homes need to be treated directly and this cannot be done with granules and liquids. In fact the way to treat these infestations is to go about it like one would do a termite job. This involves drilling holes every 16-24 inches through the cement and then pumping BIFEN XTS under the slab using a FOAM INJECTOR.

Bifen XTS is very active on springtails and should be mixed at the rate of 1/2 oz per gallon of water.





Foam 1 gallon of mixed mater for every 10 feet of cement using 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 bottom side of the slab surface and if the dirt under the slab has settled, treating with just a liquid won’t fill the gap and “carry” the active up to the slabs bottom where its most needed.

Solo Gal Foamer



Add 1 oz of Foaming Agent to each gallon of mixed solution.

Foaming Agent








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.

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 be DELTAMETHRIN DUST. This dust is like “baby powder” but its moisture resistant and can be “puffed” up and into all the gaps and voids. Dusting will last several months and if you do a good soil treatment with the granules and liquid spray, you may not have to treat these areas again.

Use Deltamethrin Dust at the rate of 1 lb for every 1,000 sq/ft of siding.


Delta Dust




Apply the dust with a good HAND DUSTER.







Once springtails start migrating up the homes foundation, its only a matter of time before they start appearing inside living areas. Depending on where you’re seeing them in the home, there are a range of treatments to use.



Use PT-PHANTOM AEROSOL around windows, doors and baseboards. Phantom uses a non repellent active which won’t kill them quickly. In fact treatments will take 2-3 days to kill them. But during this time it will “spread” from one springtail to another as they move about in masses. This means the treatment will work on many more by affecting them as it spreads something traditional pesticides won’t do.






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.


Use the PHANTOM AEROSOL listed above for these areas. Its low odor and ideally suited for bathrooms as well as most all sensitive areas in the home.


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.

So 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-CYKICK. 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 all sinks with throughout the home; 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.

Expect to use the Cykick as needed meaning that once you start seeing new springtails emerging following a treatment, don’t wait. Treat again right away. It only takes a 2-3 second “blast” down the drain to get this resolved but once the spray dries, it won’t kill them on contact anymore so if they come back in 3-4 days, treat again. And plan on doing the treatments at night, just before you retire, so it can sit all night long before getting washed away. Cy-Kick is odorless, fast acting and its formulation will naturally “penetrate” into deep cracks, crevices and grime where springtails like to nest and hide.







Spraying down the drain with PT-Cykick will help kill off active springtails but it won’t keep them from nesting in the drain line. Since most drains have a slime buildup of organic matter, you must reduce this using a product called SURVIVORS down the drain. This material will reduce and remove the organic matter on which springtails can live inside the pipe. Bleach, Drain-O and other cleaners won’t remove this slime so don’t waste your money using them. Survivors is made for this purpose and when combined with PT-Cykick, you can eliminate this area as a nest site for good.

Survivors contains bacteria which will “feed” upon all organic matter down any drain 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 one a night a week, 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-CyKick down the drain after Survivors has been added; in fact using both is the recommended best way to treat sinks.

Use 2-3 oz of Survivors per drain and make the applications once a week during the warm season.






If you have a septic tank in the yard or suspect there is a cracked drain line leading to the city sewer, you’ll want to treat the dirt above and 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. Gaining access to these areas 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.

As listed above, one quart of Cyonara can cover up to 15,000 sq/ft of turf and should be applied at least once a month during the warm season.





If your septic tank system is covered in dirt, you’ll need to use a less direct treatment method. Do this by applying BIFEN GRANULES applied over the top. Once in place, the granules will slowly release active down in the soil and eventually penetrating deep enough where it can adversely affect the reproducing springtails.

Apply 2 lbs of granules for every 1,000 sq/ft of turf.









If you have a moist, damp crawlspace with springtails, dusting with DELTAMETHRIN DUST once a year is the way to get such an area protected. The use of the Dust will provide a long residual and effectively 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 dust at the rate of 1 lb for every 1,000 sq/ft of surface area. So if the space is 500 sq/ft, plan on using a full pound of dust because you need to cover the floor and the ceiling (which is the floor boards of above) since springtails will many times live up in the floor joists too.

Delta Dust




For open spaces, use a DUSTIN MIZER to apply the dust. It can blow the dust a good 20-25 feet out insuring good coverage.

Dustin Mizer






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.


No one can answer that question for sure. But if you treat the outside as explained above, you will be stopping them from entering which is the first step. And once you get their nest “pockets” killed, you should end the sightings inside the home. But if you miss any nests between the ground and the inside areas, the problem will linger until you get chemical to these hidden locations.

For most homes, the problem can be greatly improved after just one treatment. And if you keep treating once a month with granules and spray the liquid and aerosols when you see new activity, the problem will be very easy to manage. The key is to keep treating even after they’re gone.

The key is to not get frustrated or deterred once you begin. Springtail problems take years to develop and for this reason, you cannot knock them out with just 1-2 treatments. But if you stay the course, most problems will be gone within a month and after that, prevented by treating once every 1-2 months.


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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,

March 4, 2012

Christina @ 11:45 am #

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 #


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.

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?

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 #


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!)

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?

July 16, 2012

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.

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?


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 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
August 24, 2014

Iliana Crager @ 3:55 pm #


Over the past month I have found springtails in bathroom sinks, bathtubs, bedroom window sills and beds.
After reading your article I understand I need to start tackling the problem from the outside.

The side of the house where the migration is most prevalent is surrounded with rock on top of plastic (5′ out), continued with about 10′ out of grass. Can you please advice on how treat the rock area? My guess is I will have to remove the plastic and rock but I’d like to hear from you if there is an easier way to treat that specific area. MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE and my apologies if I missed the answer to my question on any of the previous comments or the article.


June 23, 2015

AFD @ 11:32 pm #


We just had engineered hardwood installed. We’re now having a problem with “cupping” which means there’s moisture coming up from the slab. I’ve also been finding these minuscule brown bugs crawling on the floors and I find them in the kitchen sink and other various places. It’s not yet to the point where I find many in one spot but it’s still got me very concerned. The hardwood is coming up and we’re going to carpet or put tile down. We’ve lived in this house 23 years with carpeted floors and have never had a problem such as the one we’re having now. Should we be considering treating the slab once the wood floors are removed? I can’t say for certain that they’re Springtails, but they may be. Your thoughts please.
Thank you.

June 24, 2015
August 12, 2015

Rebecca B. @ 4:44 pm #


THANK YOU so much for this. I wish I had found this article a couple years ago!! We have spent a small fortune having different pest control companies come out to treat these “mysterious” infestations in our home. They kept treating for fleas when I described what is happening and I’m getting bit on top of that. It got so bad that one guy even said, “Lady, you’re crazy! We have come out 5 times now and there is no way anything is still infesting this house!” He didn’t know what a springtail was.. Through diligent vacuuming and spraying outside around the house, we thought we had finally gotten rid of them as we haven’t seen/felt any for about 6 months and just last week they came back. What frustrates me about this more than anything is the pest control companies in my area (3 that I’ve checked with) have been repeatedly treating my house for fleas and becoming irritable with me when I called them back to say we’re still having problems. One guy sarcastically told me to catch some and bring them in to show him.. so I did. I used clear packing tape to capture some of them and take to him and he couldn’t identify them. I called one of the better pest control companies to ask them if they had ever heard of a springtail and only one guy in the company knew about them. Like you mentioned in your article, they only want to come out and spray in the open areas which doesn’t do any good long term. I live in Arkansas which is a humid region and it’s shocking how many of these pest companies don’t know how to properly treat for springtails. We have already wasted a lot of money on treatments that didn’t work. I wish you guys were closer or trained other pest control companies. I can’t imagine I’m the only one who has experienced this here. I apologize for the rant. It’s just been a very frustrating couple years and we’re back to square one. This has got to be one of the most frustrating pest situations we’ve ever faced.
We will try what has been mentioned in your informative article. I can think of several problem areas where they may be nesting. Unfortunately, they are in the walls and all over inside of our home now. We can vacuum and bomb the house and three days later you can’t tell that any of it made a dent. It has made being at home miserable. I hope there is an end to this. We want to move at this point. :(

July 13, 2016

Mel Fena @ 7:27 am #


On July 2nd I ordered several products recommend for combating springtails, and found that one product was missing, the PT Phantom spray. I called and immediately the issue was handled, and I received the spray a few days ago. I forgot who I spoke with but he was very courteous and helpful, and I appreciate him taking the time to assist me. As for the springtails, I now plan on ditching my pest control company, especially after paying $200.00 and being told that the springtail problem was minor, of no real concern, and that it would “work itself out.” I know better now after reading the info on Bugspray.com. Plus I now have enough product for about a year that costs the same as what I paid them for only one visit. Can’t beat that. Thanks again!

July 19, 2016

Jayme @ 11:16 am #

I have springtails in my bathroom shower stall and under the shower door frame, tub and kitchen sink faucet area (its leaky). I DO plan on getting a new faucet but in the meantime I will purchase Bifen granules for the yard (we have a septic), Survivors for gunky drains and PT CY-KICK for immediate relief around faucets and down drains. Should I also consider PT-Phantom? Is that applied alongside CY-KICK? I’m ready to sell the house! Its terrible. We even see 1-2 per night on our bed (next to the infested master bath – yuck!)

October 18, 2016

Nick @ 10:08 am #

Hi, good morning, I read some of the comments and reviews here and wanted to send you my current problem. I am seeing for the last 4 days or so very tiny black bugs on my bathroom sink all around as well as right on the side of the cabinet inside and outside, luckily my sink and cabinet is white so they are easy to see despite their tiny size if you look very closely. I am going to clean out under the sink in the cabinet to see if any issues are under there with the pipes or anything else. Aside from that, is there anything I can do regarding the drain/sink to minimize these things, they appear to black or dark brown. I haven’t noticed them in the tub or anywhere else in the bathroom or house, so I’m guessing they are coming from under the sink pipes some how. We do have a septic tank that was cleaned over 2 months ago. Please let me know what I should consider doing at the moment and thank you so much for the assistance.

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