Root Maggots are a name given to the symphyla, a pest that we suspect to have come into our soil recently. These soil dwelling arthropods are related to the centipede and enjoy eating up at dead roots.

We had most recently noticed them when we transplanted some plants into our freshly made garden bed. After a few days we noticed a dead plant so we pulled it up to see these small white creatures crawling all over it. It wasn’t clear whether or not the plant was dead because of the symphyla or if they were only after the decaying roots. After that we were curious and did much research to identify the creature and symphyla was our closest match.

Since the incident we have not been able to find anymore and are hoping they are gone for good. Though we will be keeping our eyes out for them in the months to come.