Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Home Horticulture:
Gardening & Landscaping in the Low Desert
Springtails in the Low Desert
Insect less than 1/8" long with projection that is bent underneath body. Looks like tiny shrimp. Brownish black in color. They seem to ‘jump' by using a ‘tail' that is locked under their abdomen and released to ‘spring'.
These are a nuisance pest only, they do not bite or sting. These are seasonal especially during the "monsoon" when they can build up to extremely high numbers. When moisture dries up, they migrate from lawns and may enter homes under doors or through window sills, where they are attracted to lights and moisture in bathrooms or sinks. Occasionally they form floating masses in swimming pools.
Springtails need high moisture to survive. Once conditions dry, their numbers will decrease due to mortality. Vacuum up those that enter homes or use common household insecticides to kill them.
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