Springtails are very common insects in the environment in and around the Las Vegas Valley.  They are inconspicuous and are often overlooked however when they find a habitat they like they can develop tremendously large numbers and are one of the most abundant insects. Springtails can be a nuisance when they occur in and around homes and other buildings. Despite their abundance springtails are harmless to people; they do not bite or sting us.

These insects are very small and have moderate length antennae and are usually slender, elongate insects. There are also a group of springtails that are round and stout. Most springtails are dark-colored, brown, grey or black although some are white, and some are even iridescent and brightly colored.

Springtails are wingless so they do not fly but they can jump, using a specialized forked appendage called a furcula, located underneath the abdomen. Sometimes springtails are confused with fleas however they have different shapes.

Springtails like damp conditions and organic debris and are found outdoors in soil, leaf litter, lichen, decaying plant matter, rotting wood and other areas of moisture. Springtails are also commonly found in the soil of houseplants. However when conditions are suitable, you can also find springtails indoors, especially in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens.

If you find just a small number of springtails, just ignore them or physically remove them by hand or with a vacuum. However, if you are seeing persistent number of springtails, they are associated with a moisture problem and it is best to call a licensed professional pest control company.

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