See that little guy there, on one of my baby Mathildes? I've had these bugs for a while now, and I've tried endless ways of extinguishing them - everything from neem oil to full on Bayers and I haven't really seen any effect. That said, they seem to diminish or disappear if my soil dries, kind of like fungus gnats.
Here's their behavior. I rarely see them on my mature plants, unless I've been watering a lot and their soil isn't really drying out. They always appear in containers that stay damp. They are fast moving and they crawl around on the plants, but they don't seem to linger or congregate. Mostly they are wandering around on top of the soil. If I dig into the soil, I might find some more, but not in any greater quantities than on the surface. As far as I can tell, they aren't really dragging the plants down, but they still freak me out.
So, what is this and how terrified should I be?
Thanks for your help!
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