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    Small white bugs... Been told they are springtails and not harmful at all can anyone help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredacrop95 View Post
    Small white bugs... Been told they are springtails and not harmful at all can anyone help
    I've heard you can bake the soil to remove any critters in your soil.

    Just Google baking potting soil😊

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    I have always heard to leave springtails alone as they are not doing any damage. Baking soil will kill the bugs and the beneficial microbes. I would only do this for gnat eggs in the soil and then I would rebuild the soil with amendments. If you bake the soil for too long you can make it toxic. Using a thermometer is a must imo. Cheers.

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    baking soil kills it so might aswell throw it out, lol
    let it dry out fully, they need dark+moist




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    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterEnergy View Post
    baking soil kills it so might aswell throw it out, lol
    let it dry out fully, they need dark+moist
    I have had old dry soil pop out gnats. I believe the eggs can go dormant for a while and come back to life when there is moisture. Its either the egg stage or cocoon stage where they can go dormant. I do not recall at the moment.

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