How to Get Rid of Collembola (Also known as snow flies, spring and ectoparasites)

If you have never heard of Collembola, you are not alone. Until recent years, these soil-borne creatures were thought to be essentially harmless. Even doctors have fiercely denied that spring is likely to plague human hair and skin. Folks who had chronic itching, biting and crawling feelings were often considered delusional, but that mindset is slowly changing. Increasing evidence suggests that these micro-pests can be surprisingly invasive.

Thanks to the endurance of people like Dr. Frans Janssens and his colleague, Dr. Kenneth A. Christiansen, the scientific community is beginning to recognize that springboards can be a very real threat to human comfort when present in large numbers. Both researchers collected scores of reports from homeowners, doctors, and pest control operators in several countries, including several regions of the United States. Within the gray areas between anecdotal evidence, scientific observation and concrete medical documentation, a startling picture emerged. Collembola is everywhere, and it is impossible for them to click on people and animals.

As inhabitants of fertile soils, springcaps are likely to be found almost anywhere. The more you water the lawn and apply fertilizer, the happier they will be. They are considered the most numerous arthropods on earth. Since prehistoric times, they have survived frigid winters and very hot summers, but their numbers decrease exponentially under dry conditions.

Pet owners are especially susceptible to collembola pest. Dogs and cats trampling through moist soil or wet grass can pick up a spring and carry it home; however, spring is unlikely to stay attached to pets like fleas unless an animal’s immune system is compromised (for example, if the skin has a fungal infection.) Transmission is easy spring between humans and animals. No close contact is required. These acrobatic creatures can jump three to four feet. You may not always notice them catapulting through the air. They can be smaller than a pin head.

If thinking about a few springs in the house makes you paranoid, relax. Their ability to divide and conquer will depend largely on environmental factors. Do you enjoy growing plants in indoor pots? Does your basement tend to flood after good rain? Can you smell mold behind the bathroom wall? Are you still waiting on a plumber to repair the leaking pipe under the kitchen sink? Who was president when you last cleaned your air ducts? There’s a moist, moldy environment like Disneyland to a spring.

The advanced pest of collembola can be difficult to eradicate because springworms are not classified as insects. They are defined as hexapods, primitive ancestors of modern beetles. According to organic scientist David Glassel, chemical pesticides have no effect on the hexapods. Only natural insecticides will do the trick, and the best solution is cedar oil.

The Collembola Pest Elimination Step-by-Step Guide:

1.) Treat yourself and your pets with a topical cedar oil insecticide approved for use with humans and animals. Avoid cosmetic therapy grade or scented cedar oil. It is not purified, and usually comes from some types of cypress trees. Cedar oil formulated for home protection will kill ALL TYPES of parasites on contact, including spring, lice and all kinds of mites. If you are tempted to use an over-the-counter package designed for lice control, don’t bother. It won’t work, it’s not enough to cover large areas, and it’s simply not good for you. Such products include Lindane, a chemical banned for use with animals by the Environmental Protection Agency.

2.) Spray courtyards, beds and carpets with fine cedar oil mist. A very homemade formula will be very light and pure. That is, it will not stain fabric.

3.) Use a cedar oil mist machine to penetrate cracks and crevices not seen in the home. Fog machines are usually considered optional, but advanced spring pests require aggressive measures. If you think your pest is serious, or you’ve SEEN large groups of wells floating over floors and walls, don’t mess around.

4.) Use the fog machine to handle air ducts or hire a professional air duct cleaning company. Many people are shocked to find they have mold in their air ducts. It is not uncommon for mold to develop in your heating and cooling system from the condensation of your air conditioner. Spring feeds on mold and thrives in humid conditions. Mold can also aggravate asthma and allergies. Air duct treatment addresses all these difficulties.

5.) Buy the highest quality furnace filters available at your local store. Filters designed for removing allergen and dust mites are best. Change filters frequently.

6.) Hunting for areas where moisture accumulates. Patch roofs and leaking pipes. Seal cracks around basement windows. Pay particular attention to bathroom walls and cabinets under sinks.

7.) Remove homegrown plants, especially ornamental trees that sit in large pot containers filled with soil. Remember that springs can be shipped directly to your home via bags of potted soil.

8.) Take aggressive measures to control animal populations on your property. Double-bag litter, and don’t leave open trash barrels sitting around. Feedingstuffs stored outdoors should be kept in airtight containers. Use traps or chasers to control rodents, raccoons and squirrel populations. Resist the urge for stray dogs and stray cats. Tell your local animal control center to see feral cats.

9.) Beware of very rich potting soil and wood landscaping materials. Based on calls made to our pest control operation from around the country, spring populations are often introduced to the home when truck loads of mulch or new soil have been dumped on previously owned properties is landscaping. (Mulch holds moisture and promotes mold growth.) Seal any cracks around basement windows before distributing natural landscaping materials around the perimeter of the home. If you’re worried about collembolla populations outdoors, a high-strength cedar oil concentrate is designed to repel mosquitoes and kill insect populations in the grass and soil. Pet breeders, horse keepers, and livestock farmers use cedar oil concentrates to control all types of parasites in barns, pens and pastures. Generous treatment in early spring or summer will do much to destroy eggs and control multiple insect populations before they erupt. Veterinarian bills are UNIVERSAL. Destroy parasites before they destroy you!

10.) Last but not least, try to avoid chemical pesticides. In February 2011, USA Today ran an article entitled “Pesticide Exposure in a Womb Associated with Learning Disabilities.” The study focused on peremethrin, a chemical commonly used to combat household pests. As annoying as this is, the subject is nothing new. Scores of scientific studies have linked chemical pesticides with neurological disorders, breast cancer and birth defects in children living near farms where chemicals are injected. A nationally televised ABC World News investigation found that leaking and ticking flea medicines cause 44,000 severe reactions in a year, including multiple deaths.

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