I have a small outdoor garden that has 10 ladies growing like crazy right now in veg. I have 5 of them in 5 gallon plastic pots and the other 5 are in 5 gallon fabric smart pots. I noticed that when I would move a plastic pot, there would be these tiny white bugs underneath the pots and they jump when provoked. Now with the smart pots they are crawling all over them since they are attracted to moisture . I did some research and they seem to be called springtails. My plants seem to be fine and they don’t crawl on the leaves or stems so I am kind of baffled. Are these silent killers that are going to eventually kill my whole crop or are they harmless. I didn’t see these on the list of pest, does anybody out there know about these tiny little white jumping bugs? There are quite a bit of them.
do you have any pictures
If your plants are not showing signs of bug infestation then you are probably ok.
If it were me I would try treating the area with something to try and rid them. I hear using dish soap with water and spraying the ground helps deter bugs.
BUT do not use DAWN or any grease cutting soaps. Use only a Mild soap.
I will try to get a pic up today, there are hundreds of these little things but they don’t go on the plant itself, just under the plastic pots and and pretty much all over my fabric pots because those are moist all over. I will get a pic up soon.
@Phatz just google springtails and there is a ton of info. honestly, I would put a couple of two by fours under those pots so they have an air gap and the springtails will retreat to under the two by four. I don’t think they are a concern personally, but eliminate the wet conditions and they will go too!
Had the same problem down here in the southeast. Best bet is put them in one of those elevated plant stands with wheels on it and keep it DRY. Springtails are attracted to wet and rotting leaves/dirt. Keep the bottom dry is the key. I used Diatomacious Earth for the top of the soil and got rid of them completely. Forget pesticides, there are only a few that will work and they will kill everything. I’ve read about them getting into the roots when young and that creating an issue but haven’t personally experienced. Good luck.
Im on the West Coast in the dry heat and have encountered these outside like you describe… Hundreds of them under the fabric pots. Applied Food grade Diatomaceous earth under and around pots.
Right on guys, I appreciate the tips. Gunna go get some of that stuff real quick. I went to get a pic but they seem to be more active when the sun goes down so I really couldnt get a good pic but I did get some on a glue trap. I’ll get that pic up soon.
Curious about why you would tell someone not to use dawn dish soap ? When making pest solutions that’s all I use and that’s the only soap I would recommend… 5 to 10 drops to a gallon of water and either neem oil or canola oil…
my bad for taking so long but here are those little suckas.
@peachfuzz two members nearly destroyed their plants using dawn soap. I imagine you could search the forum using the term Dawn and find them!