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    So, they're actually good?
    How do I know that they're not eating the roots of my plants?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEELE1 View Post
    So, they're actually good?
    How do I know that they're not eating the roots of my plants?
    Look for this information online There is description of their feeding habits and such.

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    I let them stay on my plants and they havent done any noticable harm. Nothing has died because of them. I doubt they eat any living matter faster than it grows. They keep fungus at bay though which is nice. I let the white ones that came in my peat sray.. I nuke the peat everytime i repot but the old pots have some and they jump intot he new pots so its a win win since only they get in

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    Quote Originally Posted by riceman View Post
    Also my U. longifolia wasn't looking too healthy and I suspect the springtails had something to do with it.
    I suggest you look elsewhere for the source of your issues w/ U. longifolia. It's difficult to imagine a horde of springtails being able to slow down a healthy U. longifolia (that's even assuming they do nibble on roots).
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    I love springtails. Such fun little guys to watch!

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    From what I understand, springtails eat fungus or decaying matter. They don't seem to harm my plants either, and they offer consistant food to my young seedlings
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    i like springtails too much to kill them. i saw a huge one in my terrarium once that was almost 4mm long (and yes, i measured it!) they're neat....

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    If they are low on their prefered food and there is a high population they might revert to eating roots...? I don't know. It might be worth more investigation/ observation.
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