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Okay, I have a dilemma and I haven't a clue about it. I planted seeds about 4 weeks ago in yogurt containers. I used a brand new bag of Miracle Grow Seed Starting Soil. Many of the seeds did not germinate this year. This is the first year I have been so unsuccessful for some reason. I was digging in the container trying to examine one of the seeds and I discovered these teeny-tiny nearly microscopic white worm thingys. I was horrified. What the he11 and where did they come from? I immediately tossed two seed pots. The same thing was in both. I suspect those worms may be in the other 6 pots as well. I do have a few seeds that germinated. Anyone have any idea where the teeny-tiny microscopic worms thingys (they were moving) came from? Is it from too wet soil? I think the soil may be a little too wet. Was it in this new bag of Miracle Grow Seed Starting Mix? Should I write to them and ask for a refund? I have practically a full bag. I didn't use much this year. Anyone have a clue where these WHITE MICROSCOPIC WORM THINGYS came from? I thought they were roots when I first saw them. Then afterwards noticed them Moving. EEEEEKKKK! Thanks!!!! (geez, aren't I very melodramatic? LOL!)

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Sorry Wavy-I've never had that can't help. But will keep in touch to see if someone has an answer.
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I think patty louise is right. Look up Fungus gnat larvae for starters.
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I agree, probably fungus need to freak about them. Spray the plants when they're big enough with an insecticidal soap to kill the adults. Put a slice of fresh potato on the soil & toss it out every couple of days & put down a fresh one for about 3 weeks. The larvae are attracted to the potato & so you can just get rid of them that way.

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Yes Patty, I think that is it, thank you so much! You're so smart! I am sorry I freaked out and tossed out the other two seed containers. I am going to let it dry out. I did see those lil gnats hovering around, come to think of it, but I have never seen 'gnat larve', ever! I learn new things all the time, thanks! I am just really glad it wasn't something IN the bag of soil I recently bought.

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Fungus gnats, to be sure, live in soil where the moisture level contributes to rotting microscopic debris which they feed on. However, your starter soil is a reliable medium for doing what you want it to do....start seeds.
By cutting back on the moisture level, you might well defeat what those "thngies" are, but you may well be denying the seed ample moisture to start.

You say you used yogurt containers. Might the containers be the culprit--microscopic leavings from what used to be in them.

There are inexpensive seed starting pots that are specifically for starting seeds and can be trusted to contain no pests.
Many things can go wrong when seed is started, among which might be temperature of the soil, sunlight sufficiently long to start them, too much moisture which rots the roots, or doesn't let the roots begin to form. I've never heard that gnats are particular enemies of seed trying to start.

I suggest you start again with the soil and change the containers.
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