Asked on Aug 09, 2020

Help With Springtails Please?

Lin R
by Lin R

I posted back about 3 months ago asking to identify bugs we had in our home. They since have been found to be Springtails. Our pest control company has been here 8 times trying to rid us of these bugs! They treat the drains and outside and the window sills and also the drain trap that goes from our garden to our sinks. They are much less than they were but sill we see 6-10 a night around our sinks and showers and sometimes around the baseboard and window sill. We even had the pinestraw taken up from our garden and around out house and sprayed and then replaced with mulch. We can not see them in swarms outside and we don't have any standing water but we can't get rid of them. We have washed the windows with bleach daily and tried wiping counters, sinks, tubs, with vinegar and it did not help. I know there are many sites to Google but was hoping for first hand experience of someone that has had this issue. Any experience you had had with them would be appreciated. We are so tired of fighting them! Thank you!

  14 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 09, 2020

    This is a very good site that explains how you need to clean up also as well as spraying.

  • Here is a link with lots of information on what they are attracted to and how to get rid of them. Vinegar is one of them. Best of luck to you!

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    • Lin R Lin R on Aug 09, 2020

      We tried washing windows and counters with vinegar and bleach(not together) with no luck! Thanks for your post. Pest control even put out a light for them but it did not seem to attract them at all.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 11, 2020

    Hello Lin, hope this video helps you out, may be worth an investment

  • Dee Dee on Aug 11, 2020

    Outdoor Control

    • Because they only infrequently damage plants, there’s little reason to control springtails outdoors unless their numbers become a nuisance. The comprehensive Integrated Pest Management website at the University of California says outdoor use of pesticides aren’t effective against this pest and won’t provide long-term control by themselves.
    • To discourage the bugs in gardens and landscapes, remove their favored habitat, namely damp, organic matter. Compacted mulch protects colonies that thrive beneath it. Refrain from adding compost and other organic material to the soil until the pests have disappeared.
    • Allowing soils to dry completely before watering prevents them from getting established, sending them away in search of wetter territory. Reduce watering in vegetable or ornamental gardens that host springtails and allow soils to dry completely before watering.
    • Don’t expect to eliminate them entirely where moist conditions naturally persist. Frequent turning of straw mulches and compost heaps, disturbs eggs and exposes nymphs to drier surface conditions helping to keep their numbers down. But because of their size, many will escape.

    • Lin R Lin R on Aug 11, 2020

      Thank you for your reply Outdoor Control. We can't seem to find them outdoors. They are indoors and that is our problem. They get down to one or two a night and a few nights ago we had none so thought we had it taken care of finally, but had a few more last night.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 11, 2020

    These are really tiny bugs...1/16-1/18". Was thinking with all the failures you've had, how about trying-in the house- those sticky cardboard traps for mice, they work on fruit flies and gnats. You can get them at Walmart in a multi-pack. peel them open and lay them face up in strategic areas. Sorry, this is my best idea after you have exhausted so much time and energy into getting rid of them.

  • Here are some different treatment methods:

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 11, 2020

    I had another idea. Apparently, they are attracted to moisture and humidity. Dry things out, and they may move on. Do you have a dehumidifier? It would be worth a try. I have also read that most pesticides don't work on them. So diatomaceous earth might work with them. It works on ants, fleas and even roaches, so it might help get rid of them, too. Good luck and stay safe!

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    • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 13, 2020

      I actually apply diatomaceous earth around the baseboards in my house. Every bug that gets in, takes it back to their nest, and they kill their nest. For the first time this year, we had really tiny ants coming in at window sills. I wiped the sills down with Ant Fannie's Pest spray, applied diatomaceous earth, using a clean paint brush to brush it into every nook and cranny. I repeated the process for a few days, and no more problems. I get the spray on the Grove website, but, I have seen it on Amazon. Hope one or more of the many suggestions from everyone helps!

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Aug 12, 2020

    Ugly little guy. What do they eat? Try to eliminate source of food.

    • Lin R Lin R on Aug 13, 2020

      They eat mold, etc. and that is why we removed our old pine straw around the house and garden and sprayed and then put down mulch. Our HOA just dumps the old straw onto the new and we found mold under there.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Aug 12, 2020

    Do yo check for an opening in attic or basement, that they are getting in.

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    • Lin R Lin R on Sep 09, 2020

      We checked the attic with moisture meter and for visuals and did not find anything.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Aug 31, 2020

    I am actually curious to find out myself .. will read through all comments ! Thank you for your question

  • Lin R Lin R on Sep 09, 2020

    We still have them and it is now September!! Pest Control came with a moisture meter to check all the walls and floors and did not find anything!

  • Neneny122 Neneny122 on May 15, 2021

    Have you resolved the springtail problem. I’m currently having the same issue.

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    • Neneny122 Neneny122 on May 15, 2021

      Also the reason nothing works for long is because they haven’t attacked the nest. Apparently, once those are found they will be gone. Could be under siding or under the concrete slab which requires foam under the home. The site explains all of this.

  • Danielle Danielle on Jun 28, 2021


    are you still having the problem now a month later? It’s been a week since they’ve infested our home and no luck yet. So stressed out. We have young babies at home so it’s hard too because we don’t want chemicals near them. Ready to move!

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    • Danielle Danielle on Jun 28, 2021

      Oh wow!!! I’ve been doing tons of research and it sounds like once they are in it’s impossible to get them to leave :( it’s been a little over a week for us and it’s just so odd because it wasn’t a gradual infestation, all of the sudden they just appeared…EVERYWHERE! We’ve been in a drought so I think from my research the demons are just looking for moisture so they came in our house. Thankful it finally rained, so that helped!

      im sure you already know most of this so I’ll attach the article. Seems to be the best one I’ve seen. Everywhere else says to do the whole “vinegar/clean/dehumidifier” stuff. Seems like this article really gets it!!! Good luck to you!!!

  • Dog Dog on Feb 11, 2022

    I have a thatch roof house and every rainy season they drive me mad. They seem to disappear in the dry season but come back with the rains. The inside of our home is teaming with them. I have sprayed an insect growth regulator (IGR) and combined it with imidacloprid. I am not sure how good it is for humans to breath this in but I haven’t died yet. We normally vacate the house for a few days after spraying. It has definitely helped.