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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.

https://youtu.be/7wNxCE56jKE

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  • 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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springtail

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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