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Oslo, Norway
May 12, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Dear gardener friends,

I recently found on the soil of an avocado plant these tiny white larvae, so tiny I can't manage to capture them on camera. There are dozens of them. Whenever I water or annoy them in any way, they jump a couple of centimeters. I suspect they are gnat larvae because I have some of these adorable creatures in the house.

If you have any hints on what this is, and if necessary how to get rid of them, it would be much appreciated!

Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Quitter's never Win
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May 12, 2020 12:27 PM CST
Allow the soil to dry a little longer between waterings and if that doesn't work try this. If it's warm outdoors, take the plant outdoors for a few days and the bugs should disappear. If you can't take it outdoors, then and let the soil dry extra dry and then dip it or submerge the whole container into a bucket of water for a minute then remove and let it drip dry in the tub. Hold your hand over the soil to keep the soil in place during the dip. Look in the water after the dip and you will see all those gnat larvae in the water. The plant will not like the dip but it will recover in a few weeks.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Oslo, Norway
May 12, 2020 11:30 PM CST
Thanks, oneeyeluke! I'll try letting the soil dry then, it's not warm enough outside and it is still freezing at night. After the dip, do you think it's possible to remove the larvae manually you mean?

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