Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Springtails


I see that another person reached out to you t ask about springtail nfestations. Do you have any idea f the resolution to this past poster as I am having the same iss in my home. The numbers of springtails dwindled in the winter but they are already back! Thank you!

Dear Brianna - Springtails (order Collembola) are nuisance pests when they occur indoors; they do no real harm there. The primary means of control is moisture management, as springtails are highly susceptible to desiccation. Elimination of all unnecessary sources of moisture and lowering indoor humidity levels as much as practical usually will take care of the problem; it is very seldom necessary to resort to using pesticides. See http://tinyurl.com/z3jnzcx for additional information.

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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