Springtails - School IPM - USU Extension



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    Adult springtail (Ryan Davis, Utah State University Extension)


    Springtails (Samuel Abbott, Utah State University)


    Springtails (Ryan Davis, Utah State University Extension)


    • 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

    Nesting Habits

    • 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

    IPM Recommendations

    • 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.