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Why Do I Have Springtails?

Are springtails invading your Rome, Georgia home? Are you finding them in your kitchen sink by the hundreds? Are they appearing in your basement by the thousands? The first thing you should know is that those springtails aren’t going to hurt you or your home. They don’t feed on wood like termites, and they don’t bite humans like bed bugs. These tiny insects don’t feed on blood, they eat decaying plant matter. But, when they get into a home, they can be quite frustrating to deal with. Let’s take a look at a few common ways springtails get into your home and talk about some ways to get rid of them.

Many bugs that invade our homes come through holes that have developed in our exterior walls over time. If you own a new home, you may be scratching your head at why you’re getting a bug infestation so soon. But it is actually quite common for springtails to attack a new home. During construction, the wood frame can become wet, and create the conditions for moisture to be inside the walls after the home is built. This is a problem that corrects itself over time. You will be happy to know that your springtail infestation will also disappear over time. But if you don’t want to wait, it is possible to deal with these pests using modern pest protocols.

If you have a home that isn’t new, a springtail infestation is letting you know something important; your home has some moisture issues. And, when moisture issues go untreated, they can cause damage to the wood of your home.

4 Tips To Dealing With Springtails

  • If you dry things out, you can arrest your springtail issue. Putting a dehumidifier in a moist or humid basement can go a long way toward fixing your problem. Adding a fan in your bathroom can make a big difference too.
  • Reducing nesting sites around your home can keep new springtails from coming in. Get rid of mulch or leaf clutter, move wood stacks and construction materials away from your exterior walls, and make sure you don’t have any obstructed gutters that are creating a moisture problem near your walls. These are all attractants for springtails.
  • Suck them up with a vacuum when they appear. This won’t stop your infestation, but it can quickly take care of large groups of springtails in a flash.
  • Call a professional to do a detailed inspection and apply EPA-approved materials to eradicate these tiny pests.

If you need assistance with springtails or any other frustrating pests in your Rome home, Active Pest Control can help. Springtails are just one of the many pests our QualityPro-certified team treats for. Connect with us for more information about the pest control plans we offer.

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