Springtails

6797.      These bugs are currently in my yard where the snow has melted on the south side of my house. I need to know what they are to know if they are dangerous for my kids or our animals, please help. Valhalla Centre, Alberta. Canada

Number 6797. These are springtails, primitive arthropods in the order Collembola, closely related to true insects. These basically are harmless scavengers on bits of decomposing organic matter, but they can become nuisance pests when they occur indoors in large numbers. Click here for an example