Springtail crawling on a bed's comforter - Keep springtails out of your home with Kona Coast Pest Control in Kailua Kona


Actual Size: 4 to 10 mm

Characteristics: Tiny; whitish, blueish, or light gray to black

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: Found in moist environments such as landscaped yards, kitchens, and bathrooms.


  • Small, wingless insects.
  • Often mistaken for fleas but do not bite humans or pets.
  • Named for their ability to spring into the air and away from danger.

Springtails in Kailua Kona

Springtails come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, but all share one common feature- the furcula. The furcula is a small appendage that is tucked under their abdomen. When they sense danger, springtails release their furcula and are propelled into the air. These tiny pests can occasionally be found in homes, in areas of high moisture like bathrooms, kitchens, or basements. Instances of hundreds to thousands of small, dark jumping insects are often accurately identified as springtails.

Springtail Habitat

Homeowners may occasionally be alarmed by the presence of springtails in large numbers in their homes, often in moist areas like kitchen sinks, bathtubs, and the soil of houseplants. These tiny insects can also be found outdoors in swimming pools, moist landscaped areas, vegetable gardens, and on the surface of mud puddles. While they are more common in spring and early summer, springtails can persist year-round in moist environments. Infestations of springtails are typically linked to damp conditions, the presence of organic debris, and mold.

Springtail Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Springtails, often mistaken for fleas due to their jumping behavior when disturbed, do not bite humans or pets and do not carry diseases or cause damage to household furnishings. They are mainly a nuisance pest, but springtails can become a problem in newly constructed buildings, mainly where damp building materials and wet plaster are present. As the building materials dry, springtails will either perish or move away. They can also be a nuisance around swimming pools, where they might fall in and drown in large numbers, forming a layer on the pool surface. While their presence may be unsightly in the pool, they can be easily removed.

If you are dealing with springtails, contact your local flea, tick, and mite experts.