Question! how to get rid of springtales?

Discussion in 'Plant Problems' started by Mellow Man, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. Mellow Man

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    I was wondering earlier for the last couple of days what kind of bug did I have? anyhow I have discovered that it is a springtale bug in my soil! I have several plants and when I shake the planting pot sometimes these bugs fall out!..........Now I heard these creatures won't harm the plant! but it's nasty none the less just knwoing these creatures are there?...............anyway to get rid of them?????Harddon? anybody!..........
  2. Garden Knowm

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    Collembola are primitive wingless insects in the subclass Apterygota. They are chiefly soil and/or litter dwellers, and live off the fungi that decompose organic matter. Like other insects, they have three body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), three pairs of legs, and one pair of antenna. Unlike most insects, they have no wings at any stage. Instead they posses a forked "tail" called a furcula, which enables them to spring out of harm's way. Their common name - springtails, comes from this behavior. They are only a few mm long at the most, and rather hard to find. However, they usually occur in large groups and can be observed walking about if the top layer of leaf litter is carefully removed.

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