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I have millions of tiny black jumping bugs in my garage. They go in and out of the cracks in the floors, all over the concrete, walls, etc. I see very few in the day time; However at night millions everywhere. I have tried every spay I know of but nothing seems to kill them. Please Help.

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Springtails are one of the most abundant organisms in soil and plant litter
around the world.  They feed on fungus and decaying material, and do not
bite humans. Our cool, wet spring has been perfect for building populations
of springtails.  Nowe that the sun has returned the leaf litter/soil outside
is starting to dry out.  When this happens, these insects migrate into homes
in search of moisture.  That sounds exactly
like what has happened in your home.  Read below for more information.

Here the links for good information on springtails:
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/PUBS/insect/05602.html
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74136.html

Please read these factsheets and send questions if you have any.

Posted on 15 Jul 2009

Ryan Davis
Arthropod Diagnostician, Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

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