Posted 1M ago by @CutePolypremum

Please suggest solutions for getting rid of gnats. Thanks...

2โ€ pot with drainage
Last watered 3 days ago
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I have been having the hardest times with gnats as well!

They love wet/moist soil. So I started watering the plants I could from their tray rather than pouring water on the top of the soil. Not every plant tolerates that so some still get watered normally but I make sure the soil is completely dried out first.

I've been using sticky traps to capture all adult gnats as they fly around. They are little yellow ones that stick into the pot.

I also did a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 4 parts of water and treated all the plants. I've had to do this a few times but I notice a difference.

I got a mixture from Amazon that is neem oil and castile soap to spray once a week to treat the fungus gnats and other pests.

I am definitely having a battle with them but these combined efforts have made a huge difference!
I wish I knew as well
The sticky traps for reference. They are pretty effective!
Wow Caitlin!
Fantastic answer ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ƒ
Thanks so much.
Do you have any idea of how to permanently file your answer so I can refer to it in the future?
I don't know if there is a way to do that in the app. Might be a good suggestion to make tho!

I usually will take screenshots of images or texts that are helpful to me. And then I store them in my Microsoft OneNote I have for "useful information". I'm terrible at remembering things or what app something was in. Having it in one spot has been really helpful for me!
Once again...thanks for the great information!
As I have limited tech capabilities and knowledge, I'm writing down in a special notebook, your answer and use for the future also...
Hoping you have a lovely day, no matter what part of the world ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ you live in... Joanie
Oops...I forgot to ask...where do you purchase the traps? Amazon perhaps?
@CutePolypremum I got the traps on Amazon! You can get a lot for like $6 or $7 bucks.
@CutePolypremum Hello yes that was a great answer . Though if that doesnโ€™t banish them you can mix some diatomaceous earth into the top layer of soil plus close to roots . They are very resilient in coming back in cycles . The adults wonโ€™t harm anything but the larvae they leave chomp on roots . Also a wonderful line of products that has the traps also . Check out the site We The Wild West once you start with their products ,youโ€™ll never turn back .
Bti drops are the ONLY thing that will get rid of them. You need to use 1 drop per gallon of water every single time you water. The bti bacteria is only active in the soil for like 14 days. It will not immediately take them so you still need the sticky traps for about 6 weeks. I promise you these will change your life! I have used them for about 6 -8 months now and have zero gnats. Note: it looks like a tub of powered but there is a dropper bottle inside that tub. It says itโ€™s for mosquitoes but it works on gnats also. It can also be used in water fountains and places people and animals go. Itโ€™s safe!
Hello Deb!
We meet yet again. You have given me such great plant advice before and I appreciate your helping me yet again. WOW ๐Ÿ˜ฎ... diatomaceous earth... that's great. It's really scary about what the larvae can do. I've had the instinct since getting my plants out of the pots they came in, to check out their roots.
I just began using a kit from We The Wild and noticed that you added West.
Is that the same company? (I assume it is)
@CutePolypremum Yep you got it ! Nice to see youโ€™re still here ๐Ÿ‘ Soon youโ€™ll be off helping others and me . Remember plants make people happy.
Hi Nikki!
Just ordered it from Amazon and it's on sale! Thanks so much.
It looks like you, Deb, and Caitlin have shared such really good information and advice.
I wish there was some way that all the Greggers in our community could read your posts!
@CutePolypremum Iโ€™m super happy to help! Now sit back & watch those nasty little buggers disappear!