How to Get Rid of Springtail Fleas

Springtails, or snow fleas, tend to arrive in swarms. They are essentially harmless, but the sudden appearance of thousands of insects generally causes alarm among those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves coping with an infestation.

Partial to the dank and damp, springtails dine on the mould and fungus that also thrive under those conditions. While they are fairly impervious to cold and can, therefore, emerge any time of year, they do not reproduce indoors and are therefore bound to die out eventually.

Eliminate any areas of moisture. Springtails are drawn to water, so use a fan or dehumidifier inside the house. Also, fix any leaky pipes or dripping faucets sooner rather than later. Outdoors, remove any materials that are designed to hold moisture, such as mulch, and get rid of any piles of brush, wood or yard waste.

Increase the light in the affected area. Springtails like the dark and hide in drain pipes and under boards or concrete slabs. Brighten the area to reduce the attraction.

Wash any areas of infestation with vinegar. The acid it contains damages the exterior of the pest. However, you may need to apply it more than once, because springtail infestations usually involve thousands of the critters. For a more caustic effect, apply a dilute solution of chlorine bleach and water.

If gentler methods don't work, spray an insecticide around the house. Products that contain pyrethrin are particularly effective against springtails. Apply an even coat of insecticide to any cracks or crevices and around any points of entry into the house, such as doorways and windows.

Sprinkle diazinon granules of bifen pellets around the foundation of the house and around any areas of possible infestations, such as flower beds, shrubs or well-established areas of landscaping.