Pest Control Tips for Texas residents . . . May 2019

Texas Springtails Pest Patrol and May 2019 Update

Pest Patrol Springtails: Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton County, Dallas County and surrounding areas

Springtails are tiny, usually 1/32nd to 1/16th inch long (shorter than the year stamp on a penny.) Depending on the species, the color can be black, grey, white, yellow or red. They get their name because they spring-jump 3 – 4 inches with a tail-like appendage folded under their body. And while they are harmless to humans and animals, they can be a nuisance.

Springtails normal habitat is outside and their diet consists primarily of decaying matter. They like moist, humid places so usually can be found in soil, flowerbeds, flower pots (inside or outside) and under pine straw, mulch or stones. Springtails can also be tiny invaders to your home. Because they seek moisture, you may find them under sinks, around toilets and tubs, in basements, laundry rooms and under carpeting and inside walls, if those become damp. They are prolific breeders and under ideal (to them) conditions they can rapidly expand their population causing problems. When numbers reach outbreak levels, springtails can be found on floors and windows by the hundreds of thousands. Swimming pools can be covered with a scum made up of millions of bugs floating on the surface.

Your best self-defense against a springtail infestation is to ensure adequate drainage away from your house and fix places where unwanted moisture accumulates. Our quarterly service will diminish their population but for full eradication, moisture in these areas must be eliminated. Call for plans and prices.

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