Honestly the only thing I can think of is the weather has changed alot over the years (first a vortex now a heat wave) and your regimen may have to change the same. Try letting it dry out completely first then re-adjust your water schedule.
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OOh just read about insects this sounds like aphids. They can easily be treated by watered down rubbing alcohol and paper towel (wipe off) and changing out the soil.
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what color r they.... white aphid, yellow thrip treatment is the same regardless