Sometimes the smallest pests can cause the biggest headaches. Springtails are a prime example. Only 1/16th of an inch in size, they swarm together around moisture, overtaking your home. They’re a major pest in Georgia in the summer. Here’s what you need to know about springtails:
- These pests don’t cause property damage, and they don’t bite or sting. But they do create a major nuisance by infesting homes and areas around the pool.
- They are small, oblong bugs that are white or gray in color. They can range in size from 0.25 to 6 mm.
- Why are they called springtails? Their abdomen contains a spring-loaded structure that can fling them up to 10 cm in the air when they’re startled.
- They eat mold and fungus, and lose moisture through the surface of their bodies.
- You’ll find springtails swarming together in areas with high moisture levels. Basements, kitchens, and bathrooms attract springtails, as do pool areas and wet areas in the lawn and garden.
How to Deter a Springtail Problem
- Remove standing water from around the house
- Fix leaks promptly and dry excess moisture
- Clean up mold and mildew promptly
- Keep gutters clean and free of debris
- Replace worn weather stripping around doors and windows
- Make sure your home has adequate air circulation
- Keep an eye out for a springtail infestation and call Progressive Pest Control to eliminate any nests you find
Don’t let pests become a problem this summer. Contact Progressive Pest Control to schedule bi-annual pest control services and keep your home bug-free.