I watered my cactus today and it had some small white bugs on it. What can I do to stop him from being killed. Please help me fast because my cactus is my best friend and I don’t want him to die.

He also has turned yellowish and squishy. I water him once a week. Please help.

This is what it looks like enter image description here

It first looked like fungus then a watered it and after a few minutes I looked at it and there was small wight bugs

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    The yellowing and squishy is probably caused by overwatering. Try to water it every 2 weeks or so, be sure the soil dries up between waterings. Use a pot with drainage holes. Please explain more about the bugs, when they live in the soil and jump they are probably harmless (springtails). – benn Sep 9 '19 at 13:04
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    I do wait for the soil to dry. Also they don’t jump instead They burrowed when I found them. They Live in Soil – ShareelC Sep 9 '19 at 13:08
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    Can you explain how the bugs look like, or make a picture? It is hard to help you this way. – benn Sep 9 '19 at 13:09
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    They were there but they are gone now. I would say maybe a quarter of a mm They have no wings. – ShareelC Sep 9 '19 at 13:11
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    Wow, that's really small. Do you have proper drainage in your pot? – benn Sep 9 '19 at 13:17

It looks to me as if your soil is unfit for cacti - far too much organic material. A cactus cannot cope with too many bacteria / fungi / etc, it does better sandy rubble soil with good drainage.

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