Springtails are tiny wingless insects with distinctive heads and hump-backed appearance. Their name comes from a forked structure to the underside of the abdomen which acts as a spring to flip them into the air. This behavior gives them the appearance of tiny fleas. Other than being a nuisance, these unique little creatures pose no threat.
They are most commonly mistaken for fleas and can quickly become a nuisance that requires professional help.
They range from 0.25 to 6mm in size and can jump over 10 cm!
Where Springtails Are Found:
- Damp Soil
- Under logs and paving stones
- Piles of timber
Diet: mold and fungus
Springtails like wet, warm places. If an area becomes dry, they will migrate to another wetter location.
Signs Where Springtails Could Be: Mildew & Dampness