Pests and Diseases forum→Small insects congregating under potted plants on balcony - maybe mealybugs?

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Thunbergia89
May 2, 2020 1:33 PM CST
I have found these tiny, quickly crawling dark gray/brown insects underneath the pots of my plants.

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They're quite small and very hard to see against the textured floor of the balcony, but I'm worried they may be male mealybugs? I say this because I have seen female mealybugs on my other plants.

I've tried spraying my plants and the bugs with a vinegar/water solution, a dish soap/water solution, and soaking the potted plant's soil with a hydrogen peroxide/water solution as well as spraying the plants and bugs with neem oil. Nothing seems to be working and I would welcome any thoughts!
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
CPPgardener
May 3, 2020 10:34 PM CST
Welcome! to the forum.

I can't see the bugs, but mealybugs don't congregate under pots, only on plants. More than likely you're treating a nonexistent problem — the bugs are probably harmless consumers of decomposing organic matter and not plants. Try to post another picture of one on white paper or some other plain surface.
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