I use a layer of compost as mulch, but every time I water, millions of tiny insects start jumping all over the place. Is it possible to identify them as I'm not sure if they're decomposing the organic matter or hurting the plants.


  • I think you are going to need to catch some and take still photos.
    – Evil Elf
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 13:53
  • How do the plants you are watering look- any sign of problems?
    – Bamboo
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 14:33
  • Where do you live in the world?
    – Jurp
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 16:35
  • It will be quite challenging to catch, they're really tiny, try to play the video at a reduced speed, maybe? @EvilElf
    – ammoun
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 17:09
  • @Bamboo no specific signs except some deficiencies that I'm trying to fix.
    – ammoun
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 17:10

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Sounds like springtails. Not a problem.


With one exception they dont harm plants, and eat bacteria, fungi, and decomposing matter.

The exception is the lucerne flea - but that lives on the branches and leaves.

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