Get Rid Of Collembola ... By Bethany Crist
How to Get Rid of Collembola (Also Known as Snow Fleas, Springtails and Ectoparasites)
Where do collembola come from? Can springtails infest human hair and skin? Can pets spread or disperse collembola? Are springtails hard to kill? How can collembola be eliminated? Are topical insecticide sprays safe for people and pets? (Article from WholesalePesticides.com. Do not copy or repost without permission.)
If you've never heard of Collembola, you're not alone. Until recent years, it was thought that these soil borne parasites were essentially harmless. Even doctors vehemently denied that springtails were likely to infest human hair and skin. Folks who suffered from chronic itching, biting and crawling sensations were often considered delusional, but that mindset is slowly changing. Mounting evidence suggests that these micro-tiny pests can be surprisingly invasive.
Thanks to the tenacity of folks like Dr. Frans Janssens and his colleague, Dr. Kenneth A. Christiansen, the scientific community is beginning to recognize that springtails can pose a very real threat to human comfort when present in large numbers. The two researchers collected scores of reports from homeowners, doctors, and pest control operators in several countries, including many regions of the The United States. Within the gray areas between casual testimony, scientific observation and concrete medical documentation, a startling picture emerged. Collembola are everywhere, and it's not impossible or unlikely that they'll latch onto humans and animals. (A collection of these reports can be found at http://www.geocities.com/~fransjanssens/publicat/s...
Where do Collembola come from? How do Springtails get Into Homes?
As inhabitants of fertile soil, springtails are likely to be found just about anywhere. The more you water the lawn and apply fertilizer, the happier they'll be. They are considered the most abundant 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 particularly vulnerable to collembola infestation. Dogs and cats who trample through moist soil or wet grass can pick up springtails and transport them into the home. Springtails are easily transferred between humans and animals. Close contact isn't necessary. These acrobatic creatures can jump three to four feet. You may not notice them latching onto your hair or skin. They can be smaller than a pin head or fruit fly.
If the thought of a few springtails in the house makes you paranoid, relax. Their ability to divide and conquer will largely depend upon environmental factors. Do you enjoy growing potted plants indoors? Does your basement tend to flood after a good rain? Can you smell mold behind the bathroom wall? Are you still waiting on a plumber to fix that leaky pipe under the kitchen sink? Who was president the last time you cleaned your air ducts? A moist, moldy environment is like Disneyland to a springtail.
Tips, Methods and Techniques for Eliminating Collembola
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Getting rid of an advanced collembola infestation can be difficult because springtails aren't classified as insects. They are defined as hexapods, primitive ancestors to modern day bugs. According to organic scientist David Glassel, chemical pesticides have no effect on the hexapod. Only natural insecticides will do the trick, and the best remedy is cedar oil.
At the forefront of the cedar oil movement is a product marketed at http://Bugshateit.com. In tests ordered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this formula was tested against 29 other natural and chemical formulas and ranked number one. The outdoor version of this product is strong enough to battle crop pests on commercial farms yet safe enough to rid neighborhood yards of mosquitoes. The indoor formula is so gentle to humans and animals that it's endorsed by Animal Wellness Magazine as a topical flea treatment and worn by U.S. soldiers to repel fleas, ticks, mites, lice and chiggers.
Step By Step Guide to Eliminate Collembola Infestation
1.) Treat yourself and your pets with the topical cedar oil insecticide available at bugs hate it.com. The solution kills ALL TYPES of parasites on contact. The organic formula is gentle enough for puppies, kittens and children with head lice. If you're tempted to use an over the counter kit designed for lice control, don't bother. It won't work, it's not enough to cover large areas, and it's just plain not good for you. Such products contain Lindane, a chemical banned for use with animals by the environmental protection agency.
2.) Spray couches, beds and carpets with a fine cedar oil mist. Indoor cedar oil formulas won't stain fabric.
3.) Use a cedar oil fog machine to penetrate unseen cracks and crevices in the home. Normally, fog machines are considered optional, but advanced springtail infestations require aggressive measures. If you believe your infestation is severe, or if you've actually SEEN large groups of springtails moving over floors and walls, don't mess around.
4.) Use the fog machine to treat air ducts or hire a professional air duct cleaning company. Many people are shocked to discover 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. Springtails feed upon mold and thrive in moist conditions. Mold can also aggravate asthma and allergies.
5.) Purchase the highest quality furnace filters available at your local store. Filters approved for allergen and dust mite removal are best. Change filters frequently.
6.) Hunt for places where moisture accumulates. Patch leaky roofs and pipes. Seal cracks around basement windows. Pay special attention to bathroom walls and cabinets under sinks.
7.) Remove household plants, especially decorative trees sitting in large potted containers filled with soil.
8.) Take aggressive measures to control animal populations on your property. Double bag garbage, and don't leave open trash barrels sitting around. Animal foods that are stored outdoors should be kept in airtight containers. Use traps or repellents to control rodents, raccoons and squirrel populations. Resist the urge to adopt stray dogs and cats. Report any sightings of feral cats to your local animal control center.
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