Springtail Extermination Help

Old 09-10-04, 12:31 PM
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Vector Control told us we have an infestation of Springtails in our house. What can we use to get rid of them? A pyrethrins insecticide? Would appreciate the brandnames or websites to buy them.
Old 09-10-04, 07:14 PM
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Not as bad as some think

When you learn about the life of this short lived insect it seems better to keep the areas dry & clean. It sure beats using toxins that don't only kill the one but in many cases kill the good as well as the bad.


Do some more searching, & you will find the Pros don't use Toxins on everything they now use the Bugs natrual weakness to control them. Bugs like Humans need a comfortable place to live, & breed if they don't find it they move or die.
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Springtails like wet leaves, soil, and plant material along a house foundations or sidewalks. They also can occur around floor drains, in damp basements, and crawl spaces. If you have lots of them, sweep them up and discard them. Once the soil dries out they will disappear. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and carrying water away from foundation of home. Make sure soil around perimeter is sloped to carry away water. Make sure basement and/or crawl space is dry and well ventilated. Inspect your floor drains. Springtails can also breed in houseplants with too moist soil. Inspect and let soil dry out and clean and disinfect saucers under pots.

Springtails will not survive under dry conditions. Improve ventilation and take measures to promote dry conditions. Remove wet leaves any other organic material around the home. You can use a household insecticide, but as long as you have conditions that allow them to breed, you will continue to have the problem.

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