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    black bugs

    I noticed some little black bugs that looks kind of like sugar ants walking on my neps inside my house. I don't see any pitcher or leaf damage at all. I couldn't get a good picture because they're small and my camera is crap. I have placed an online order for ladybugs just to be safe. I plan to release them in with the neps to eat these bugs. I would rather do that than neem. Can anyone tell me what these are? I have done a google search for common pests and they don't look like any of them.

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    Your Nepenthes will love the ladybug treat you bought for them. No kidding, ladybugs are suckers for the nectar too. Peter D'Amato relates how his pitcher plants got a very expensive meal from trying ladybugs and mealybug destroyers (a species of ladybugs). Some one on the ICPS discussion group mentioned the same experience.

    You'd be better off with praying mantis or predatory wasps (usually somewhat species specific though). If they are ants ladybugs won't touch them.

    And the typical experience with using biological controls is that they will only reduce, not eliminate the pests.
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    But what is this insect? I know it is hard without a picture, but the best I can say is they are black and little. Almost look like sugar ants but not quite. I don't see any harm to the plants.

    Since they are in my house, I don't want to put wasps out, lol, but praying mantis might not be too bad.

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    Springtail maybe?

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    no, I know springtails. They stay mostly in the soil, and all the springtails I have ever seen are white. These may be ants. They act like ants, walking around in a straight line

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    these are on my borneo exotic plants, which arrived sterile and clean, and they are in peat moss, which is sterile and clean. They are in my house. If they are a plant pest, I don't know how they would have gotten there. Could it possibly be just sugar ants collecting nectar from the lip of the pitchers?

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    i hope not thrips. that be bad eggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by back2eight View Post
    Could it possibly be just sugar ants collecting nectar from the lip of the pitchers?
    Sometimes ants come for nectar, sometimes to set up a new colony nearby & sometimes to tend pests they sometimes assist in infesting plants.
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    Well I do have many sugar ants on my nep, but I know you mentioned that is not what you have. Could you perhaps do a media change? My nep seems defenseless against the ants but my pings and Drosera make short work of them

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