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Jun 2, 2018 2:57 PM CST
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hello all,

New member here. South Texas resident... I have these little bugs crawling all over my vegetable plants and all throughout the soil... They almost look like ants, I thought they were spider mites at first but now I'm not so sure.

tried using Sevin Dust on the soil, has little to no effect on them... Or if it does, maybe they're just coming back too quickly for me to notice!

not sure if you can tell by the picture, but the head is black with antenna, there is a small midsection and the thorax is brown/whitish brown.

A few of my plants are starting to look a little stressed, Drooping leaves and whatnot. following a regular feeding and watering schedule so I'm not sure if it's the bugs doing this. Either way these things can't be good for the plants.

Does anybody know what these little insects are and how to get rid of them? My plants are in containers on my apartment porch, they seem to be crawling up the staircase, tunneling through the Wood banister and emerging on the other side and into my containers. Thank you for any help anyone can provide!

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Avatar for PamelaMurry
Jun 16, 2018 1:17 AM CST

To me, it seems like ants! Boric powder or vinegar mixed with an equal amount of water should be sprayed wherever you find ants. We too have an ant infestation, but unfortunately, we were not successful in controlling an ant infestation, so we decided to contact the pest control Rocklin CA ( professionals to help us out with the eradication of this pests!!
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Jun 16, 2018 4:30 AM CST
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Can you get a picture of one on white paper so that the camera/phone focuses better? I don't think it's an ant, but you say they are burrowing through the bannister? It is not a spider mite but for future reference, Sevin is an insecticide that is known to increase populations of spider mites. It actually looks like it could be an aphid but they wouldn't be crawling on the soil or burrowing through anything. I take it the brown in front of it that looks rather like an enlarged head is actually a mole on the skin?
Avatar for WalterRouse
Apr 26, 2019 11:55 PM CST

Bug infestation can occur anytime and it can cause the spread of the infection too. In such a scenario, it becomes really important to make sure that a person has consulted the expert team like Bed Bug Control CT for the easy and effective extermination of the bugs. This is a great way of saving time and money too.
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