I have some home grown Basil and Chilli Pepper plants. All seemed well until I discovered some small white mites on top of the soil. They are not on the plants and when I water them these little guys jump and run around at great speed. They are too small to take a photo. They are elongated and have little antennae. Any ideas?
If they are just a few millimetres long, these sound like sciarid flies, or mushroom flies, which run about ... and are a sign of overly damp compost. Allow the surface of the compost to dry out a bit and they will clear off.