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    i have what looks like little tiny winged insects crawling around my soil... they look like very small flies My U. Sandersonii loves them though since they seem to live in the soil

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    if that dark spot at the base is root rot, it'll spread REALLY FAST to the first leaf, then to the second, and so on until the whole plant is black. It can attack from the bottom up or the top down. Usually it only attacks from the top down on newly rooted cuttings though. If it's already been like that for a few days and you haven't noticed it spreading up the stem, I think the plant should be fine. As for the bugs... well, it's possible that they're nibbling at the roots, which is bad. That might even explain why the base is getting dark... See if it gets worse, and if it does, take out the insecticide There is a good possibility that they're harmless though.

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    I really wouldn't say that the base is blackening, more just darkening to a reddish color. It has spread a bit to the lowest leaf on the plant though, but is moving fairly slowly. I guess I'll just keep my eye on it. The upper leaves continue to grow, which I consider to be a good sign. Plus, I really don't water it all that often.

    As for the bugs, I used to keep hermit crabs, which, contrary to popular belief are really interesting little animals, and can actually live for a really long time, depending on how well you care for them (up to around 20 years sometimes.) The point being, hermit crabs like the same environment as nepenthes, and come from a similar region of the world. There always seems to be little bugs in the terrarium they live in. Almost 95% of the time, they weren't harming anything, but were just a nuisance to look at. Warm and humid environments invite bugs, and I think most are just there for the dirt.
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    If those bugs have wings, then I can't tell what they are without seeing them in person/a wayyy closer photo. If they don't, they're probably some kind of larvae making a meal of your roots. If you don't think they're doing anything, then leave them be if you want. Personally, I'd use some insecticide just in case....I really don't like bugs on my plants.
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    They do indeed appear to have wings of some sort, and they are pretty fast for their size. I know you've probably answered this a million times, but what insecticide would you suggest? Preferably something I could pick up at wal-mart or the local hardware store...
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    I'd suggest anything systematic. Don't use the stuff I use because since your bugs are in the soil, my brand isn't going to get them. I think glider uses something systematic?
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    I just went out and Purchased 'Sevin' ready-to-use bug killer. It's in a spray bottle, and is .126% Carbaryl. I searched for info on it around here first, but didn't seem to find much on it. The directions say to apply directly to the leaves, but seeing as the bugs are in the soil, I was going to apply directly to the soil. Is this a bad idea? I was going to get some sort of Ortho or the bayer brand, but they all we're liquid concentrates and were designed for a hose, which I obviously don't need for such a small plant. I was planning on just spraying a bit of this stuff directly to the soil. It says it works on Thrips, Springtails, etc. so I'm assuming it will be effective. Input?!
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    I use Sevin lol. I just had to do this to a VERY arthropod infested plant I just picked up, and it seemed to work. And, the plant in question was a merrilliana, which are quite sensitive, and it didn't seem to skip a beat. Anyway:

    Unpot the plant and get as much soil off the roots as possible. Put all the old soil in a plastic bag and throw it away. Spray/wash the roots off with water until they're relatively clean. Soak the whole plant (including roots) via spraying with Sevin. Get a brand new pot, and mix up whatever media you're going to use (make sure it's moist). Put in the microwave for a minute or two (however long it takes to get pretty hot). Wait for it to cool down, especially in the center, and pot the plant in it. Done.
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