What’s a Snow Flea?

The Snow Flea
The Snow Flea

You’ve heard of fleas that infest dogs and cats, but what about snow fleas? These are actually insects known as springtails that are capable of remaining active and alive throughout the winter.

Before calling in Monmouth County pest control experts, keep in mind that snow fleas aren’t fleas. Instead, they’re insects with black segmented bodies that move around by hopping or jumping. They don’t bite, and they won’t infest your pets. Snow fleas mainly live outside where they feed on decaying vegetation. You’re likely to see groups of them at the base of trees when snow melts or close to pools and outdoor air conditioning units near drain lines. Their diet mostly includes decaying logs, fungi, leaves and other plant matter.

Snow fleas aren’t usually seen indoors, since homes don’t offer them much in terms of food supplies. If you do see them in your home, you don’t have to worry about them causing any structural damage or bothering your pets. However, they can gather indoors when outside temperatures get too cold, which could lead to an infestation. Getting rid of standing water or fixing leaky pipes can reduce the risk of having them enter your house.

If you’re having a snow flea problem in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Monmouth County pest control professionals can rid your home of snow fleas, as well as several other types of common household pests.