* Sounds like you know what you are doin with the plants, but wont dunking the plant stress it pretty bad?
The only bug that I could think of that it sounds like is a uh . . . oh sh!t I forgot its name. Oh my Ent prof would be pissed. I think its a mealey bug. Anyway they don't move much and they KINDA look like a very very small rolly polly. They are extremely bad for any plant and spread like wildfire. All my Hort teachers and Ent teachers told me to toss out any plant that had them so I wouldn't risk spreading them around the house. They kill almost any plant they touch. It does take a while but you will see it if thats what they are. They also might get a little webbing around them.[/QUOTE]
Oh yes, those bugs are horrid. I battled them many a times in my life and lost every plant with in two years (school plants not mine) Anyways, I can safely say they are NOT cotton scail (that the word your looking for?) I have determined that these things are in deed eating deadstuff, they are mostly interested in my plants left over food so I'm not worrying about them. They are quite active little critters and the only detail I can make out is the head, might attually be the eyes I'm seeing. When I said small I ment it to they are extreamly tiney like a mm long and their width maby .5mm or less.
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Well if the are eating JUST the dead stuff then thats a good thing. You should put them next to some of you other plants and maybe they will spread.
I think that we are talking about the same thing, but thats the problem with common names. Same thing with the goofy mosquito hawks.
I've had springtails in many of my plant pots and trays, and so far, I've never seen them do any kind of damage that I can notice. I've even had them with tiny seedlings without any problems.
I've had the small kind you are mentioning, but I also had a larger black one that was about 1.5 mm in size. The latter heavily infested a couple of Utric. trays I had. The plants were fine. I've always assumed that by eating dead matter, and perhaps bacteria and mould as well, they were helping to keep my collection a little cleaner.
They can become a nuisance whenever you check your plants though, since usually a bunch of them will jump right for your face. (g) But I don't know how feasible it is to try to get rid of them. I've even seen them living on the top of my aquarium water, probably feasting on scum and algae. A dunk probably won't do much in the end. And I have the feeling they are everywhere anyway. (in your walls, under the carpet, behind the fridge, etc.) New ones will just take over where the old ones left off.
Oh! And sundews won't help at all. Butterworts will nab a few, but they won't eradicate them.
But don't u understand! u don't need to get rid of all of them,the plant can happily survive with a few pests living on it-eventually they will leave if u submerge the plant in water-can u not c that chemicals will harm your plant and the environment more than a few aphids?....but what would i know...
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