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Name: Melissa
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
Jul 9, 2017 5:35 PM CST
I found these small, white larvae in the pot with my pea plants (perhaps this is why my peas keep reaching a certain size and then dying)? Any idea what they are? I am the queen of growing pests this year, so odds are they're something awful :(
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Name: Porkpal
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Jul 9, 2017 5:43 PM CST
It does not look like a larva to me - more like a termite.
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Jul 9, 2017 7:06 PM CST
I agree

but I don't know if termites would bother your plants?
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Name: Kurt
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Jul 9, 2017 7:18 PM CST
they like cool moist wood , I had a moist bag of woody potting soil in the shade that they decided was home until I let it sit in the full sun for a couple weeks.
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Name: Elaine
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Jul 9, 2017 7:44 PM CST
It's very small for a termite, though. Maybe they are just hatching. Have you slipped the plants' root ball out of the pot to take a look at the soil below the surface? Maybe do this outside, on a few sheets of newspaper and see if there are more of those things lurking.

Suggest if you do find more, douse the soil in the pot with a very dilute rinse of soapy water, about 1/2tsp. of dish soap to a quart of water then do the same with some mild peroxide solution, 1oz. of drugstore peroxide to a quart of water. This won't harm the plants but will kill off most of the adult insects, but not the eggs they have laid that haven't hatched yet. So do the same rinse again in maybe 5 days to get the new generation.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 10, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Do as Elaine said. ๐Ÿ˜
Oh !! By the way, as Porkpal said.
It is a termite.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Jul 10, 2017 6:37 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:I don't know if termites would bother your plants?

I've always heard that termites are just part of the ecosystem... They're always gonna be out in the landscape....

And... Mostly a non-issue to the plants...
With rare exceptions....
I did experiment with sawdust from a lumber recovery mill... That sawdust mulch had termites.... And they did eat one of my cantelope.... One.

So.... No big deal.
Name: Melissa
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
Jul 10, 2017 7:05 AM CST
Thanks everyone! It's a pot sitting on concrete filled with *supposedly* sterilized potting soil, so I was not expecting termites. Hmmm... adding it to the list of insects I have successfully raised this year. No plants, just bugs. Sticking tongue out

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