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Jun 25, 2021 3:10 PM CST

A few weeks ago I noticed very tiny bugs in the soil of about half of my house plants. (Spiders, pathos, rubber plants) I thought they were mites and have been treating with an insecticidal soap. That didn't work at all, so today I tried a mixture of Castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, and Isopropyl alcohol. Thought that helped at first, but just looked at my plants again a few hours later and they're all still roaming! They are making my plants very unhappy and slowly killing them. Any help identifying the little crawlers and treatment ideas would be greatly appreciated (:

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Jun 25, 2021 7:15 PM CST
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I suspect speingtails or similar things. They might not be the cause of the plant decline. Can you step back and show the whole plants? Tell us more about them?

What I think they are, are bugs eating stiff in the soil, not your plants actually. But we'll see what others think.
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Jun 25, 2021 7:32 PM CST
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I would change the soil. I don't want dead bugs in my house any more than I want live ones.
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Jun 26, 2021 5:16 AM CST
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Let the soil dry out, and stick to one kind of treatment, and treat the soil surface, too. I tend to agree that it might be springtails, but don't re pot just yet. You've already stressed the plants enough by throwing everything in the book at them trying to eliminate the pests. I also tend to agree with Sally, they might just be eating decaying substances in the soil, not your plants.
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Jul 31, 2021 2:07 AM CST

Hi, I'm a little late but maybe I can help someone in the future. I have a lot of soil mites. They look like the bugs in your pictures. They are tan/orange and some smaller ones appear white (all of them are VERY small though). If they are crawling around rather fast and aren't jumping around, I'm pretty sure they are soil mites. Maybe the declining health of the plants has to do with something else. I have hundreds of soil mites in some pots and the plants are doing great. Since they won't hurt your plant you don't have to get rid of them. (They can even be beneficial). However, they can transmit some disease to humans which might change your opinion. Also, make sure you don't overwater your plant. I've realized that they like wet soil since they feed on decaying organic matter. And if nothing helps, just repot you plant :)

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