- very small: 3/16 inch
- appear to jump or fling when disturbed
- color ranges from black to gray to white
- do not have wings
- use a hand lens to identify
- naturally very numerous in soil/turf
- require moisture; prefer cool, moist conditions
- can overcrowd in moist soils with high amounts of organic matter
- frequently seen crawling around on concrete
- decaying vegetation, fungi, bacteria, pollen, algae, lichens, arthropod feces, carrion
- can migrate indoors in large numbers in late spring/early summer when soil starts to dry out, seeking moisture
- Inspect area under sinks and other moisture sources for springtails, because they seek moisture indoors.
- Seal cracks and crevices where springtails may enter structures.
- Reduce clutter and clean under sinks and around areas with a water source.
- Thoroughly clean baseboards, cracks and crevices around problem areas.
- Vacuum springtails that enter structures.
For more information, see our Springtails fact sheet.