Hello, I bought my house that has a crawlspace last August. Just within the last month or so, I have found these itty bitty gray bugs in the bottom of my tub. That is the only place I ever see them. I tried to fill the tub up with bleech and water because I was thinking they were coming up from the drain? But that did not work, again, I do not see them anywhere else but the bottom of my tub. Are these for sure spring tails? And how should I get rid of them once and for all?
What you’re describing sounds exactly like springtails.
Now even though they can come up through drain lines, if given the chance they will readily move into cracks and crevices around sinks, shower stalls, bathtubs, windows, doors and other moist locations in the home. As our SPRINGTAIL ARTICLE explains, they are found in most any yard and once the population around the home gets large enough, they will migrate up and onto the home. From there they will find their way into living spaces. But they can also infiltrate via drain lines. My guess is they’re well established under the home in the crawl space or maybe deep in the drain lines and have moved up from there seeking new nest sites and comfortable locations to live.
To control the problem will involve most of the treatments we have listed in our article.
For starters, you’ll need to apply BIFEN GRANULES around the home. Treat at least a 10 foot band around the home up to the foundation but really, treating your whole yard is usually the way to go. Expect to use 5-10 lbs per treatment and these need to be applied once a month.
Next, spray over the top with CYONARA RTS. This will both activate the granules and kill any exposed springtails on the soil right away. Do this treatment at least monthly during the active season; spray the Cyonara more frequently if you’re seeing them in the yard or on the home a week or two following the previous treatment. One quart can treat up to 1/2 acre so most homes can be treated 2-3 times per quart.
Next, spray the crawl space with the Cyonara as well.
For inside the home, treat with PT-CYKICK AEROSOL where you see springtails active. Its ideally suited for use down the drain, around windows, baseboards, etc. Cykick is odorless and can be used as needed.
Lastly, apply NO SURVIVORS down the drain once a week to help remove the slimy food and organic matter found in pipes which feed springtail nests. Use 3-4 oz per drain with activity. Do this late at night, before you retire, and let it sit overnight. The other nights in the week you can spray with the CyKick as needed if you find any still coming up.
Here’s a link to our entire article which you should definitely read. The comments under the article will give you an idea of what can happen if you don’t get the problem controlled sooner rather than later.
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