There are 250 species of springtails in the UK, Small, wingless insects which usually live in soil but occasionally come indoors, into damp kitchens, cellars and outbuildings.
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:
Eradisect Flying and Crawling Insect Killer (600ml)
Cimetrol Super RFU (300ml)
Permost CS (500ml)