Springtails (Collembola) form the largest of the three lineages of modern hexapods that are no longer considered insects.
Collembolans are omnivorous, free-living organisms that prefer moist conditions. They do not directly engage in the decomposition of organic matter, but contribute to it indirectly through the fragmentation of organic matter and the control of soil microbial communities.
Springtails commonly consume fungal hyphae and spores, but also have been found to consume plant material and pollen, animal remains, colloidal materials, minerals and bacteria.
Springtails are well known as pests of some agricultural crops, has been shown to cause severe damage to agricultural crops in some countries.
Springtails in indoor potted plants can be controlled by avoiding overwatering and by allowing the soil to dry out between watering. Do not allow drain water to stand in saucers between watering.