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    Diagnosis Confirmed: Springtails

    I was trying to track some down with the insecticide I use, and one of the little buggers was being fairly persistent, i.e. not dieing. I sprayed him directly, only to watch him jump away at a distance and height that would be like me jumping from the ground to the top of a skyscraper.
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    You're wasting your time trying to get rid of springtails. They'll just come back unless you turn your medium into a toxic dump. That won't be good for you or your Nepenthes.

    http://www.tolweb.org/Collembola/
    Introduction

    Springtails have the widest distribution of any hexapod group, occuring throughout the world, including Antarctica. They are probably the most abundant hexapods on Earth, with up to 250,000,000 individuals per square acre. They are found in soil, leaf litter, logs, dung, cave, shorelines, etc. There are about 6000 known species.

    Devonian-Recent. Oldest fossil is of Rhyniella praecursor Hirst and Maulik from the Middle Devonian of Scotland.

    The name "Collembola" is derived from "Colle" = glue and "embolon" = piston or peg. This refers to the belief that the ventral tube has adhesive properties, that is, that it is a "glue-peg". However, the tube's function is primarily for excretion and maintaining water balance.
    See also http://www.collembola.org/
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    careful with pyrethrins......i recently fried a couple of plants with them with in the last month....one of which was a nep.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler_mt View Post
    careful with pyrethrins......i recently fried a couple of plants with them with in the last month....one of which was a nep.....
    Interesting...I've never had a problem with it myself, I'll have to be careful.

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    i never did till this last time either...........not sure if i got a bad batch or what.........
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    Go for Pyganic brand. It doesn't have petroleum distillates in it.

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    Neem oil is a great non-toxic method. As well as being anti fungal, it remains in the soil, coating it to an extent, making it less desirable to nomadic populations. Try some neem, it wont hurt.
    Good growing, Jack
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