Actual Size: 4 to 10 mm

Characteristics: Tiny wingless insects with varied color ranging from black and gray to yellow, red, lavender, or green.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: Prefers damp areas such as well-irrigated lawns, old swimming pools, or bathtubs.


  • Frequently mistaken for fleas, but they do not feed on humans or animals. 
  • Called springtails for their ability to jump and “spring” into the air when scared. 
  • Has a forked appendage on the abdomen called the furcula, which they use to jump.

Springtails in Anaheim

Springtails are tiny insects that can jump several inches at a time, which often causes them to be confused for fleas. However, springtails don’t bite, and they mainly feed on decomposing organic materials like dead plants or mold. These small pests have a unique appendage called a furcula, which remains tucked under their abdomen until they’re ready to jump. Springtails also frequently gather in groups of hundreds or thousands, which can be quite alarming for home or business owners to come across.

Springtail Habitat

Since springtails mainly feed on decomposing matter like mold, they usually only infest properties with serious moisture issues. These insects are most active in the spring and early summer, and they congregate around moist indoor areas like kitchen sinks, bathtubs, or leaky pipes. When outdoors, springtails are drawn to high-moisture areas like old swimming pools, well-irrigated landscapes, and mud puddles. Though infestations can be concerning, the associated moisture issues are usually a bigger problem to deal with.

Springtail Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Springtails can be unnerving, but they aren’t really a danger to you or your property. They don’t bite people or animals, aren’t known to spread diseases, and don’t damage household items. However, it’s never fun to encounter a horde of tiny, jumping insects in your home or garden. If you keep finding springtails in your property and aren’t sure why, contact your local flea, tick, and mite exterminator for help. They can help you identify and treat the source of the infestation.