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Thread: Silver things in my highland tank soil

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    I have noticed a lot of very tiny fast moving non flying silver fly looking things in my highland tank pots. Any idea what they are and more importantly-how do I get rid of them without hurting the plants?

    Thanks for any ideas!

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    Did you use to live in illinois, and did you use ot know a certain "Matthew gousset"?
    \"The plant grew. It\'s resoruces were taken away. He was forced to evolve. He struggled and pushed and grew, until finally one day it sprouted a trap. A bug landed in, he was a little to noisy and got himself locked in. The plant now had resoruces, and he grew happy as a VFT for years.\"

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    No. Never lived anywhere but here. Don't know any Matts.

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    Hi Swords

    I think I have the same thing...very tiny little white bugs running around in the soil in a couple of pots. I asked and nobody seemed to know what they are.

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    They sound like springtails, Collembola, to me. Most, but not all species have a spring-like mechanism in their tails (as their common name suggests), and they jump when disturbed. They are very common, primative,wingless, soil-dwelling bugs which usually cause no harm at all to CP's, especially big strong ones like Neps. They could be something else though, poke a few and see if they jump.

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    They scurry they don't jump or hop. I've had what I thought were springtails in one terrarium and they were much smaller than these. These are about 1/4 the size of fruitflies and shiny silver but they don't fly or jump.

    No matter what they are what can I do to make them extinct? I thought I read somewhere that you can put a cat or dogs bug collar in a terrarium and it will cause the bugs to evacuate, is that true?

    I have some insecticidal spray from Shultz supposedly safe and made from Chruysanthemum flowers but it really wiped out my cape sundew (sticky whitefly). so I'm way too afraid to use it and possibly kill my hamta.

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    Are the plants in pots or in the classical style terrarium?

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    I am tying to rember if "Silverfish" have wings, they usally are found in atics in books. You may try to use a yellow sticky trap. It is a yellow boar that is used to catch fleas in a house or white flys outside. The bugs are attracted to the yellow and the glue keeps them there, kinda like a fake sundew.
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