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(Just fyi - Most all of my gardening is in containers because we rent and I cannot bear to spend money on putting plants into ground that we don't own. I mean, I'd love to if we had money to burn, but in all honesty I want to be able to take my leafy, green babies with me when we move.)

Anyway, I have a peach seedling and some dahlias that I just re-potted last weekend. I used new potting soil mixed with manure/humus. And now there are a zillion teeny, tiny white bugs crawling around in the soil in those containers! I don't know what they are... They're very, VERY small, crawl very fast but don't seem soft bodied. To kill them I have to squish them on my fingernail, not just between my fingers. I sprayed a repellent mix I have that is garlic and chili based and it didn't seem to phase them one bit.

Would anyone have a clue what these might be? My first thought was aphids, but I'm not sure. They're aren't on any of the leaves, only in the soil. I did a few Google searches, but didn't really find anything that seemed right. I think my next step is the soapy water, but if anyone has any other ideas I would very, very much appreciate hearing them!

I'm a little freaked out because the peach seedling is from a tree from the yard of the house DP and I first lived in and where we were living when DS was born... so I'm kind of attached to it. That and I don't want whatever these boogers are spreading to my two new schmancy roses that I got with a gift certificate from DP's mom!

Thanks in advance!
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