The Q&A Archives: Identifying Little, White Worm-like Insects

Question: I started some seeds of veggies and flowers and found little white worm-like bugs in the soil of some of the plants. They are only about an 1/8" long and I only noticed them when I watered. They were not in all the plants, just a few, but the plants are in my office and I don't want to have a problem. Can you tell me what they are and how do I get rid of them. Thank you. Kelly Oxford, MI

Answer: Those little white worms could be the larvae (young) form of fungus gnats. they shouldn't harm the plants if you only have a few of them, but many of them can cause harm to the roots. I'd drench the soil with a solution of insecticidal soap to kill them.

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