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Name: Random Bunny
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random_bunny75
Nov 21, 2017 8:27 AM CST
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Trying to figure out what kind of bugs are these and why do I have them in my palm planter. Otherwise it seems to be growing OK with new leaves sprouting.

Any idea what kind of bugs there are and why do I have them?

I live in Indiana.

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 21, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Best I can see them, they look like winged ants . There hatching out hear also. Tis the time of year for some ant eggs to hatch out with wings, and go and start new colony's. Sprinkle some DE on top of soil. Then, later on, if you see, Ants in your soil, water with some neem or DE , water to kill em. Ants will eat roots, and eventually kill plant.
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Name: Random Bunny
Indiana
random_bunny75
Nov 21, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Best I can see them, they look like winged ants . There hatching out hear also. Tis the time of year for some ant eggs to hatch out with wings, and go and start new colony's. Sprinkle some DE on top of soil. Then, later on, if you see, Ants in your soil, water with some neem or DE , water to kill em. Ants will eat roots, and eventually kill plant.
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Thank you. What is DE?
Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Nov 21, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Diatomaceous Earth. It is "a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder". It is great for crawling insect control.

https://richsoil.com/diatomace...
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purpleinopp
Nov 21, 2017 3:14 PM CST
I'm not sure these are ants. When a pot of mine gets ants in it, I can see a trail of ants going from the pot to somewhere else, and when I water, thousands pour out of the soil and swarm up the plant to stay out of the water. Ants never stand still. Compare to fungus gnats.
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Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Nov 21, 2017 4:05 PM CST
They look like gnats to me, too, but DE should help with that still. Also, for indoor plants, I have had success with bowls of water and soap to attract and kill them.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 21, 2017 5:32 PM CST
I cannot identify what the critters are, but I can say that you have more than critters to deal with. The photo does not show much of the Palm, but it appears that a substantial amount of it has already deteriorated. The source of the critters is probably the potting soil that you used and may have been contaminated. The repotting may also be the reason your Palm is not doing well.

If you post a photo of the entire plant, including its pot, we might be better able to help you.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Nov 22, 2017 4:54 AM CST
Although it may have been, I don't see any mention of this plant having been repotted.
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WillC
Nov 22, 2017 1:30 PM CST
It does not appear to be in a nursery pot. That is why I assume it has been repotted at some point.
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purpleinopp
Nov 23, 2017 5:54 AM CST
That's a safe assumption but it could have happened years ago.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Nov 23, 2017 7:19 AM CST
Hay Tiffany Howdy !
Possibly fungus gnats. Lots of different types . The DE sprinkled on top of soil works for them to. I had bad case of them in my indoor vege seedlings earlier this year.
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