Ask a Question forum: White bugs in house plant soil (not flying or jumping)

Views: 428, Replies: 7 » Jump to the end
Amsterdam, The netherlands
Naz
Aug 23, 2017 3:55 AM CST
Hi everyone,

I'm a new gardening enthusiast, so any recommendations are very appreciated!

Recently I planted my small ferns in a glass container since they love humidity I spray water everyday and keep the soil moist. The ferns seem fine but since a couple of days I see very tiny white/yellowish bugs (they don't fly or jump) walking around on top of the soil and on the shoots.

Are they Springtails? but they don't jump. how about Aphids? not sure.

Are they dangerous for humans if they get in the house? Any help is appreciated.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
sooby
Aug 23, 2017 4:17 AM CST
Welcome!

Is there any way you could post a picture? Have you tried poking at them with a pencil or something to make sure they don't jump? Aphids don't usually walk around on the soil and are very slow moving when they walk on a plant..
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
Image
Zencat
Aug 23, 2017 6:48 AM CST
I agree. We're going to need some pictures.

Also... Welcome!
Amsterdam, The netherlands
Naz
Aug 23, 2017 7:26 AM CST
Yesss! I finally managed to take some pictures of these tiny creatures! I hope it is clear enough!
BTW, I used the same soil to repot my other plants, but these bugs only showed up in this pot that I kept very moist.

Thumb of 2017-08-23/Naz/137ac6


Thumb of 2017-08-23/Naz/95b472


Thumb of 2017-08-23/Naz/fa00e5


Thumb of 2017-08-23/Naz/6469d6

Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Aug 23, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Maybe some sort of soil mites?
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Amsterdam, The netherlands
Naz
Aug 23, 2017 7:52 AM CST
I think this is the best one I got
Thumb of 2017-08-23/Naz/ae45d7

Amsterdam, The netherlands
Naz
Aug 23, 2017 8:13 AM CST
plantladylin said:Maybe some sort of soil mites?


I looked up soil mites and I think they are very similar to Hypoaspis Miles. What do you think?
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
sooby
Aug 23, 2017 10:25 AM CST
They do look like mites, but I'm not sure what kind. Hypoaspis mites are predatory, so if there are a lot what are they feeding on, I wonder.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Blue My Mind"