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Posted 3w ago by @leighannafaith

Fungus Gnats!!!
Hey y’all!! I have had a fungus gnat issue with one of my plants for a few weeks. We curbed the majority of them but they keep coming back and making a home in one of my plant’s soil (baby rubber plant). I changed it to a well draining pot, aerated the soil, and drench the plant in neem oil solution once a week and to no avail! Any recommendations??
I too have had this issue. Through research I'm going to try mosquitoe bits tea. I've also been using yellow sticky tape you place in the pot to catch the adults. One adult can lay up to 300 babies this is why they keep coming back. 😩
This worked for my anthurium that had the same issue.

The adult gnats are annoying, but harmless to the plant. Plus, they only have about a two-week lifespan. They like moist soil to lay their eggs in. The larvae hatch and start nibbling away at the plant’s roots. They finally emerge as adults and the cycle repeats itself.

1. Let the plant get good and dry.

2. Scrape away about 1 - 1.5” of top soil. This is about as far down as the larvae will be.

3. Replace with fresh but dry potting soil. I put mine in the air fryer for a few hours on dehydrate.

4. Water 1:1 water and hydrogen peroxide.

It worked on my anthurium. I tried trapping the adults with a solution of apple cider vinegar and dishwashing liquid. It did attract them and I trapped a bunch of them but I couldn’t get rid of them. So I deployed the nuclear option above.

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