Jeff Hahn, Extension Entomologist
Their ability to jump leads some people to believe that these insects are true fleas. However despite its name, a snow flea is a type of springtail and does not bite people. Springtails are wingless and move by walking and jumping. They are very abundant although people usually don't notice them (except of course for snow fleas). They are often found in leaf litter and in the soil where they feed on decaying organic material, fungi, and pollen.
If you find springtails in your yard, just ignore them. They do not damage plants and are harmless to people. They are a curiosity that will go away on their own.