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Jumping white bugs with runoff. What are they??

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by Trying2Bbetter, Jan 10, 2018.

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    Trying2Bbetter

    Trying2Bbetter Member

    Hey everyone, I have 2, 5 gallon smart pot plants, in happy frog soil, feeding advanced nutrients tarantula, bud candy, B52, connoisseur grow a&b, calmag plus, and Orca Mycorrhizae. I have these little white tiny (some black)bugs jumping around In the run off. Can anyone tell me what they are?
     
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    blake9999

    blake9999 Well-Known Member

    Do you have any Pics of these bugs? That would help us out allot. bongsmilie
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    Probably springtails. I am testing a fungal insecticide eco BB at the moment. It seems to have taken care of all the gnats and I'm not seeing any new mite bites.
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member

    If they are tiny and jumping I agree with springtails. They are mostly harmless. They only eat rotting tissue. They have a little flap that springs them up in the air. Like fleas.

    They are also called snow fleas. They are abundant in topsoil.

    https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/springtails/
     
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    Kingrow1

    Kingrow1 Well-Known Member

    Very few things jump, springtails :-)
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    Pubic lice (crabs)?
     
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    Dr. Who

    Dr. Who Well-Known Member

    Springtails - agreed.
    Harmless and common in some soils.
     
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    nobighurry

    nobighurry Member

    Springtails there is some debate on them being beneficial if your planters have too many, before I had a good imp I would occasionally get them...
     
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    truentgoon

    truentgoon Well-Known Member

    How do you guys be getting all these bugs lol. Got me all paranoid sanitizing everything and not letting pets around them.
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member


    The way to not get pests is to wash and change clothes every time before entering the Grow rooms.

    And never bring anything from outside in.

    I also clean anything that goes in or out like tools and stands and stuff with alcohol or h2o2.

    I have never sprayed for bugs or even seen more than a couple of gnats which went away when I improved airflow. I had the plants to densely packed.

    But springtails are everywhere in the topsoil and like to come inside in winter. They are very difficult to kill. They are resistant to everything. And I won’t use poisons. They are harmless and even beneficial if not let to get to high numbers. They are irritating though.

    Over watering and unstable environment and sick plants all bring pests too.
     
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    Kingrow1

    Kingrow1 Well-Known Member

    Ya just means you got some straight up dope soil, increase water frequency if they get out of control, great at jumping shit at swimming ;-)
     
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    truentgoon

    truentgoon Well-Known Member

    So basically the grow area has to be hermetically sealed and you need a hazmat suit if you do step into the sealed environment.

    That's easy with a grow tent but what about the room that the tent is in?

    Do carpets need to be scrubbed and cleaned.

    I cleaned my room as best I can and sanitized the tents after they came from the factory.

    How clean does it have to be. I hope those bugs don't jump on your clothes as soon as you go outside.
     
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    Kingrow1

    Kingrow1 Well-Known Member

    Are we talking springtails? They die once they leave soil for a short time, build up on grow room floor if they cant find moisture.

     
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    truentgoon

    truentgoon Well-Known Member

    What about all the other bugs like spider mites for example. To keep those out and other pests you can never bring clothes from outside near the grow tents? What are other preventive measures to keep things totally clean.

    I can't believe how fast my seedling got black spot mold when the lights and fan were off. Being in the closet with the door cracked open wasn't enough air flow which surprised me.
     
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    Sour Wreck

    Sour Wreck Well-Known Member

    run hydro bongsmilie:blsmoke::P
     
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    Kingrow1

    Kingrow1 Well-Known Member

    You know thrips broke me, i had to study, meditate and become one with mother fucking natures ninja pest. Many moons would i wait in ambush carefully, silent and deadly like the prey i stalk. Finally the apprentice beats the master, a moment of victory or a realization of respect.

    What can i say, you learn to deal with pests, i run a catch and release, too many bloody battles and needless deaths, it takes its toll on your nerves, others can bring fire and fury but i run small tents so can be more at one with that bitch nature :-)
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member


    Carpet is not recommended. It can hold pests and mold. But I never had a problem when I used a tent in a carpeted room. Just vacuumed often and followed the rest of what I wrote.

    Depends where you live as far as what pests you may piggyback in. Pets are carriers too.

    You may need a humidifier or dehumidifier to keep a safe environment too. I use both in Michigan.

    As far as the rooms. I washed every surface with h2o2 and amonia before setting up. And clean often.

    I had a new carpet at the time but with an old carpet I would sanitize and likely cover with plastic.
     
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    truentgoon

    truentgoon Well-Known Member

    How do you sanatize a carpet? Can I just put a sheet over the carpet after it's cleaned.
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member



    You shampoo it. And a sheet is cloth. Not better. But the tent is its own protection too. At least when it’s closed.
     
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    truentgoon

    truentgoon Well-Known Member

    That's good that the tent is its own protection but I'm going to clean the carpet anyway with one part cleaner and one part boiling water and put it in the carpet cleaner machine that spreads it around.

    Cloth sheets over the carpet so adleast I can throw them in the wash if they get dirty so I don't have to clean the carpet all the time lol.
     
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