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    Question Tiny white bugs in soil

    So, this morning I noticed tiny white bugs swarming a dead cricket in Lydia's old house, which has become her dining room, essentially. They're the shape of a grain of rice but incredibly smaller.

    I use the e-coco substrate and there is local moss and chameleon plants growing in there.

    Is there a way to tell what they are when they're too small for my eyes to see well? The soil in there isn't very damp anymore, so I'm thinking they aren't springtails, also they were all over that dead cricket. I haven't seen them in Lydia's main house, which has nice, moist soil. So I'm not crazy worried. But I'd like to know what they are. My other guess is newly hatched crickets, because she doesn't always eat all of them, so there's usually a couple continuing to live in there for a day or so, adult crickets that is.

    Otherwise I'm assuming mites and if so do I need to worry about them bothering Lydia? She's an American toad, about 3inches long now.

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    P.S. I left that dead cricket for now because it's drawing them out of the soil where I can see them
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    Default Re: Tiny white bugs in soil

    Quote Originally Posted by LydiasMom View Post
    So, this morning I noticed tiny white bugs swarming a dead cricket in Lydia's old house, which has become her dining room, essentially. They're the shape of a grain of rice but incredibly smaller.

    I use the e-coco substrate and there is local moss and chameleon plants growing in there.

    Is there a way to tell what they are when they're too small for my eyes to see well? The soil in there isn't very damp anymore, so I'm thinking they aren't springtails, also they were all over that dead cricket. I haven't seen them in Lydia's main house, which has nice, moist soil. So I'm not crazy worried. But I'd like to know what they are. My other guess is newly hatched crickets, because she doesn't always eat all of them, so there's usually a couple continuing to live in there for a day or so, adult crickets that is.

    Otherwise I'm assuming mites and if so do I need to worry about them bothering Lydia? She's an American toad, about 3inches long now.

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    P.S. I left that dead cricket for now because it's drawing them out of the soil where I can see them
    They are Springtails which is a small isopod that eat decaying plant matter and dead insects and your toads poop. They are good. I purposely use them in my setups. They help keep the enclosure safer and healthier for the toad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Wardog View Post
    They are Springtails which is a small isopod that eat decaying plant matter and dead insects and your toads poop. They are good. I purposely use them in my setups. They help keep the enclosure safer and healthier for the toad.

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    I am under the impression that springtails prefer moist environments? This enclosure is rather dry now.

    Also that if you spray springtails they will spring. I tried that test and they didn't, the scuttled back down into the soil instead

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    Springtails are a large group, not all jump. They are all over the dead cricket and that's what they are supposed to be... they clean up. They get moisture from the cricket, but if it gets too dry they will leave or die or hibernate.

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    Default Re: Tiny white bugs in soil

    Thank you! Been keeping an eye on them and wow they housed that cricket. So fascinating.

    I'm happy to have them there to clean up in Lydia's dining room, particularly any cricket feces. Glad to have that being removed without my needing to remove soil

    Thank you, again!

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