Santa Exterminators here, your pest control company in Santa Rosa CA. The picture above was taken over the weekend at our customer's house. It is hard to discern what is in the picture because the critters are so small but what you may or may not see are sprintail fleas, and a lot of them! Sprintail fleas are somewhat harmless to people but they can do quite a bit of damage to your gardens if left to their own devices. They are often found and seen in homes after a lot of rain or droughts. They require a humid and moist environment to thrive and survive and their normal meal of choice are fungi, mildew, and other bacteria and decayed plants. They feed on plants and trees by extracting liquids and can spread disease causing organisms. They are also quite difficult to eradicate, they jump and evade capture or their demise just like the common flea, and most pest control products you buy from the store really don't do the job to get rid of them. We do have a couple suggestions for you as the homeowner or business owner to rid yourself of these springtails. If you are unsuccessful we strongly recommend calling a pest control expert in Santa Rosa. Here is some additional information on springtails.
1. Ventilate your home - use dehumidifiers and fans to reduce the moisture in your home
2. Pour vinegar over the sprintails
3. Wash the sprintails with detergent
4. Use oils like cedar oil, neem oil, clove and thyme oil, or eucalyptus oil
5. Keey your yard clean because sprintails like to eat decaying organic material.
6. Treat the little insects with bleach
7. Seal entry points around your home
Sealing entry points is extremely important, and one of the jobs that Santa Rosa Exterminators takes seriously and does extremely well. Not only will it limit the amount of pests entering your home, it will also help you sleep better at night knowing the inside of your home is protected.
We hope that this information has been helpful. Should you need a sonoma county pest control company, give us a call!