Yellow eggs in the soil – what is it?

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Many experienced growers and novice gardeners find small yellow eggs in their soil. It is not always clear what these eggs are and to whom they belong. In this blog article I will try to answer this question, because there can be several answers. This article will help you to draw the right conclusion and determine what yellow eggs are in your soil.

Soil Features

To begin with, it is necessary to determine the specific soil in which yellow insect eggs or those of unknown etiology can be found. There is soil in the garden plot in the open ground, and there is soil for houseplants, such as flowers in pots. Yellow eggs can occur in both, so the problem may be the same or different. In this blog article, let’s look at each soil situation individually.

Lawn, garden or vegetable garden soil on the open ground

Insect eggs are

Soil Features
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At first, gardeners often do not notice insect eggs because they are very small. However, if you look closely, you will see that they come in many different colors and shapes. One of the most interesting types of eggs is the yellow egg.

Yellow eggs can be found in soil all over the world. They are usually less than a millimeter in length, but they can have other sizes as well.

Yellow eggs can belong to the following insects:

  • Ants – Yellow eggs of varying shades of yellow are especially common and belong to ants. These eggs may resemble bombs and vary in color from pale yellow to very rich, possibly orange. The more intense the coloration of the egg, the faster the little murovy will hatch from it. It is very important to take precautions against ants, otherwise they can invade your entire garden or vegetable garden.
  • Ladybugs are rare, but it happens that ladybug eggs get into the soil. The eggs are elongated and spherical in shape, but the color is yellow or orange. Orange eggs are more common, but if the egg is young, it may be yellow.
  • The brown stink bug is a parasitic insect that lives not only on soil but also on plants and grass. It lays eggs that are yellow and translucently yellow in color and have a very unpleasant odor. Such eggs are considered young because mature eggs take on a characteristic pink coloration.
  • Red earthworm – lays yellow eggs quite rarely, but still occur. Their shape is spherical, more elongated, and their color is yellow, or deep yellow.
  • The snail is not an insect, but more of a mollusk, but it still lays yellow eggs in the soil, but not too pronounced yellow. That is, they are more pale.

Plant seeds

Plant seeds
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It is not always the yellow little eggs that are actually eggs. Perhaps they are the seeds of your plants that are blooming in the garden or vegetable garden. The most popular plants that produce yellow seeds of small round egg-like shapes are the legume family.

You should be sure to study all the vegetation in your garden to pinpoint for yourself what kind of plant might produce this kind of seed. After all, some plants are safe and others are very poisonous. Therefore, if your pet eats such a seed, he or she may be poisoned.

Composition of the soil mixture

Composition of the soil mixture
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The soil mixture may contain impurities that look like insect eggs. The most common of these is perlite. In the beginning it does not have a yellow color, but over time it begins to fade, its hue turns yellow and it becomes similar to small yellow eggs of insects.

The admixture of perlite in the soil is harmless, so do not panic when you realize that it is in the soil.

Mold spores

Mold spores
Photo from @kayem13

Mold can also be confused with insect eggs, but it is usually light yellow or light orange in color. If you see something that looks like an egg, it’s probably mold. Mold is very common in soil where decomposing substances are present. So mold can quickly take over an area, and it is highly toxic. Therefore, if you are sure that there is mold on your property, you should immediately treat the area with special insecticides.

Fungal gnats

Fungal gnats
Photo from @soil_ecology_agriculture

Another common problem that can be mistaken for an insect egg is fungus gnats. These little pests lay their eggs in moist environments, so they can often be found near compost piles or in soil that is wetter than usual. Fungal gnats look like little flies and can be very difficult to get rid of once they appear.

The fungus midge eggs are usually in clusters in the soil, 30-40 eggs per small patch of soil. Their eggs do not exceed 0.2 inch in size.

You can get rid of the fungus midge with 3% hydrogen peroxide, where one part is mixed with four parts water. The resulting mixture should be sprayed on all those places where the fungus midge eggs were found.

Yellow eggs in the soil of houseplants

Fungal gnats

Fungal gnats
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Fungal midges like to lay their eggs not only in the soil in the open ground, but also in the soil of houseplants. In the warm soil of houseplants, these eggs have a prettier shade of yellow and can be seen sticking out of the soil. It is amazing how something so small can create such a large colony! Tiny flies that look a lot like mosquitoes hatch from the eggs.

Shore flies

Shore flies
Photo from @cropwalkag

Shore flies are often found on the beach, but they can also fly into homes and lay eggs in the soil of houseplants. Shore flies produce eggs that are yellow in color and about the size of a poppy seed. They are much harder to get rid of because they are stronger and more hardy. Shore flies differ in that they do not harm the plant, but they can contaminate it considerably with their waste.

Here it is very important to watch for yellow eggs in the soil and treat immediately with peroxide and water if detected.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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