How to Manage Pests
UC Pest Management Guidelines
Springtails are primitive insects in the insect order Collembola. Their bodies are less than 0.12 inch (3 mm) long, wingless, and with a forked appendage at the tip of the abdomen used for springing into the air.
Springtails feed on young, tender plant parts in close contact with the ground.
Recent additions of organic matter (e.g., adding compost or incorporating a cover crop) can temporarily increase springtail populations dramatically. Wait until populations return to normal before planting. Currently no products are registered to control this pest in lettuce grown in California.
UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Lettuce