I hate to raise this but --- if the "little white bugs" were not
actually attacking the plant they might well be harmless little
collembola (really cute under the microscope if you can con them into
staying still !!!).
They are part of the great gaia system - leave them alone. Learn to live
with them and you might (just) learn to live with the rest of the human
NOW THERE IS A REALLY SERIOUS PROBLEM.
Peter, Reading, UK.