Posted by John Fasoldt on 20:30:00 8/1/2016 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Springtails in house posted by Jen on 15:16:10 8/1/2016 from 188.8.131.52:
Jen, you're right... They're ABSOLUTELY harmless. And using pesticides for a harmless bug like that is 'against my religion.'
They're seasonal, they're not there all the time. There really isn't much you can do about it, no amount of caulking/sealing will do it, you won't get all the spots, and don't forget: your house MOVES - maybe imperceptibly, but it does move. And that only forms more cracks. And these little guys are teenie-tiny things! And they're harmless - did I mention harmless before?
Oh, and they don't bite or sting in any manner, they're not dirty, they neither carry nor vector any diseases, you could even EAT 'em! (Although that is not a recommendation.)
BEST WAY to handle 'em? With your DustBuster or vacuum. With the springtails in the bathtub, just wash 'em down first. BTW, I sometimes see them in my own tub, but when I shower, I have to run the hot water for awhile to get it back to my bathroom, so they go down kinda naturally.
And, finally, it's all non-toxic.
P.S. I go through this same routine with anyone that calls about them. A thoroughly ethical exterminator should tell you the same - and (I think) refuse service because of it.
Not to say there are not REALLY BAD cases that happen. But those come (mostly) with landscaping changes, or maybe new houses with new or unfinished lawns. Those we can help (usually) because after you've seen LOTS of springtails, seeing just 'a few' or a lot fewer, you're reasonably happy - hopefully.
I'm not a large exterminator, I have 4 men (and me!) - and in the last 4-5 years I think we've acceded to do about 10 or so. That's not many, and most of those were to our present customers or builders where we have done new house pre-treats to the structure.
I usually end up with: "Don't waste your money or our time. Call me when you REALLY have a problem - with anything."
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