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What is a springtail?

When I think of the word “springtail”, the first thing that comes to mind is Winnie the Pooh’s striped friend bouncing around singing the wonderful thing about Tiggers. Considering this was my favorite cartoon character growing up, it is not surprise I have taken to springtails in the world of entomology. What, you wonder, is a springtail?


Springtail Basics

Springtails are small insects that are about 1-2 mmm in length depending on the species. They will typically run or walk in short spurts followed by periods of rest. When they are disturbed, they release their facula (a fancy pants name for their spring-loaded tail), and spring or jump into the air. They are typically reported in large numbers (most people wouldn’t notice a handful of them).

Jumping Fuel

Springtails feed mostly on fungi, pollen, algae, spores, and decaying veggies. There are a few species that feed on living plants or dead animals. When their food disappears – usually from a sudden change in moisture conditions – they have to either migrate or die. These mass migrations are great at bringing the presence of springtails to the attention of occupants.

Confusing Creatures

Springtails are one of the most frequently submitted “mystery” insects to our identification lab. Oftentimes this is simply because they are not commonly known by the general population. In other situations, they are confused with other insects such as:


Getting rid of springtails

Now that you know what a springtail is, you have the secret to successfully showing them the way out – moisture management. Of course, this is often easier said than done. Our springtail spotters here at Rove Pest Control have the training and experience necessary to make your springtail troubles a thing of the past… Reach out to us and we’ll help you with:

Springtails enjoying some fungi that is damaging the wood
  • iodentification-to ensure the right pest is targeted
  • source solving – to resolve the underlying issues
  • control – because saying goodbye is the best part

About Rob Greer: Pest Control Expert and Industry Leader
Rob Greer, co-founder of Rove Pest Control, has a deep connection with nature, developed during his upbringing in rural Idaho where he raised horses and cattle. He began his career in pest control in 2001 to support his university studies. After earning a BS in Business Management, Rob, along with Lenny Gray and McKay Bodily, founded Rove Pest Control.
Rob has played a pivotal role in shaping the operational framework of Rove Pest Control, with a focus on personal development for team members, public health awareness, and tailoring services to meet the needs of individuals and communities.
As an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) and Subject Matter Expert (SME), Rob has made significant contributions to the pest control industry. He has collaborated on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s UMN Extension certification manual and exam development, the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual for the EPA, and the Quality Pro Customer Service Credential Task Force. His expertise has also been recognized in his testimony for the pest control industry before the Minnesota state legislature as a State Policy Affairs Representative. Currently, Rob serves as the President of the Minnesota Pest Management Association Board. Learn more about Rob Greer.