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Aug 23, 2017 3:55 AM CST
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Name: Naz
Netherlands
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.
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Aug 23, 2017 4:17 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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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..
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Aug 23, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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I agree. We're going to need some pictures.

Also... Welcome!
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Aug 23, 2017 7:26 AM CST
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Name: Naz
Netherlands
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.

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Aug 23, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Maybe some sort of soil mites?
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Aug 23, 2017 7:52 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Naz
Netherlands
I think this is the best one I got
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Aug 23, 2017 8:13 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Naz
Netherlands
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?
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Aug 23, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Annuals Native Plants and Wildflowers Keeps Horses Dog Lover Daylilies Region: Canadian
Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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.
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