Little white bugs in my bubble buckets

Discussion in 'DWC/ Bubbleponics' started by MCEC420, Apr 15, 2019 at 7:27 PM.

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    MCEC420

    MCEC420 Member

    I'm Into my second week of veg and when I went to change my water, I noticed little white bugs almost like jumping around. I'm thinking they're springtails but not 100%. What's the best way to kill/ get them out of my system? Also I just changed water and added so peroxide to see if that will help. Any info is appreciated.
     
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    70's natureboy

    70's natureboy Well-Known Member

    Yes you have springtails. I seem to have success using a couple drops of dish soap in the buckets. Make some suds for a day and then change the water.
     
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    MCEC420

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    MCEC420

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    The soap wont hurt the plant? Thanks for the info
     
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    70's natureboy

    70's natureboy Well-Known Member

    Doesn't seem to. I figure the soap floats to the top and the roots are hangin' below the surface. If the bucket is pretty full it only takes a few drops to make lots of suds. Most bugs don't like soap suds. I used to use insecticidal soap but the suds action was weak. dish soap is 100 times cheaper.
     
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    crimsonecho

    crimsonecho Well-Known Member

    Springtails are not detrimental to plants tho. Why are you trying to kill them? They feed on the decaying plant matter and such. They don’t hurt the plant. I’m an organic living soil guy so i love them all.
     
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    MCEC420

    MCEC420 Member

    I have read that, but I just want to be o the safe side of things. I have also read that they will eat the hairs on the roots and then the plant wouldn't get the proper nute uptake. I didnt have bugs on my last grow and dont really want them on this grow
     
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    MCEC420

    MCEC420 Member

    How long should I run with the soap in the buckets before they're all dead?
     
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    crimsonecho

    crimsonecho Well-Known Member

    Well your call but i have a ton of them in my soil and my plants are very happy but maybe with bubble buckets its different. I never did bubble buckets. Tho where there is water there will be springtails.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2019 at 5:36 PM
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    70's natureboy

    70's natureboy Well-Known Member

    They will die in a few hours in soap suds. I know they don't hurt anything but I still don't like 'em.
     

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