A family with many dozens of species in North America. Most are found in the typical springtail habitats of covered, moist situations, such as leaf litter, under loose bark or logs and wood on the soil. They often are found in large numbers, and in general springtails feed on fungi, algae, and decaying vegetation as well as other tiny living creatures. They often enter structures to escape excessively dry or wet weather outdoors, or may live within structures where damp conditions provide their food resources.
Where they are a nuisance around structures springtails can be minimized by reducing the amount of material on the soil, such as thick layers of mulch, leaf buildup, wood piles, debris. Drying out and exposing the soil discourages these moisture-loving insects. A residual insecticide can be applied to their habitats to kill remaining insects.