Insect and Bug ID forum: Houseplant bugs- ID

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Jun 20, 2017 12:25 PM CST
I have two houseplants that appear to be growing just fine, but I found bugs in the soil when I was checking for fungus gnats. I set a potato slice on top of the soil and found the following:

Easter cactus- Slender longer off white bugs that look sort of like rice. Super tiny.

Pachira aquatica- So small, but really looked like tiny ladybugs.

I know there are beneficial bugs in soil, just want to make sure that is what's going on. Neither is infested. There are a couple leaves on the PA that look a little mis-shapen. Maybe this would explain it? Any ideas would be welcome!
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 20, 2017 12:26 PM CST
I'll be watching for answers too. I often see things in my potting soil when I'm re-potting my plants. It would be good to know if they're good guys or bad guys!
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 20, 2017 12:44 PM CST
If the first ones jumped when disturbed they could be springtails but for both it would help if you could post pictures.
Name: Alyssa Blue
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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AlyssaBlue
Jun 20, 2017 3:15 PM CST
No jumping. No bugs on leaves or trunk either, it's only in the soil.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 21, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Not springtails then. We really need pictures.

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