2mm-5mm in length. Vary in colour from light grey to nearly black. They are wingless and have very limited vision, and in many cases are completely blind. A leaping organ on the end of the abdomen provides the “jump” which gives them their name.
Females lay their eggs in cracks and crevices near a food source. The nymphs hatch and feed on decaying organic matter and fungus spores. The nymphs moult several times and reach maturity in around 2-3months. Life span varies from species to species.
It is necessary to clean the area and eliminate any water leaks to correct this type of situation. For a temporary solution, you may use a household aerosol or residual insecticide spray labelled for crawling insects. However, the problem is likely to recur if the moisture and organic matter are not removed.
**Products to control Springtails:
Imidasect Ant Gel (35g tube)
Maxforce Pushbox (20 x 2g)
Maxforce Quantum Gel (30g tube)