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small grayish black bugs in potting soil

9 years ago

There are small grayish black bugs in the soil of my potted porch basil plant. What are these little things? I looked at posts about fungus gnats, but I do not think that is what they are as they do not fly nor have I seen larvae. Furthermore, I live in Arizona and left my plant unattended for about a week. So, my soil was completely dry (and my plant rather scorched), but the critters were still there. Any ideas as to what this could be and what to do about it?

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