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What is the small little bugs with wings in my plant?? (they live in the soil)
They are likely fungus flies, they like moist soil. They won’t cause much damage but they are a pain to get rid of. Try using fly sticky traps and watering the plant with a been oil solution. Also, try let the top soil dry out as much as you can between watering
Fungus gnats most likely. They usually happen when you're overwatering. You want to kill them before they spread to too many plants. I use sticky bug catchers, diatomaceous earth and mosquito bits to kill them off!
1. First, start letting your houseplants dry out between waterings. The top one to two inches should be completely dry. This is one reason why sub-irrigation works well.
2. Be sure to remove any dropped or decaying plant materials (leaves and roots) which provide food sources for fungus gnat larvae. If you want to check and see if you have them, put several raw potato slices on the top of the soil. After a few days, take a look at the bottom. Do they look chewed? You have fungus gnat larvae in your plants.
3. To control the larvae, you can put a quarter to a half inch of horticultural sand (NOT playground type sand) or diatomaceous earth on top of the soil. When you water, it will dry more quickly and confuse the fungus gnats that the plant is dry and not a good place to lay any eggs. And if they crawl across the DE, they are literally sliced to death.
4. Every other time you water, add one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and one teaspoon of white vinegar to the water. Eventually it will kill the fungus gnat larvae.
5. If you want to speed up the process, you can take the plant out of the pot, remove as much of the soil as possible without damaging the plant, then repot it. Put all the old soil into a sealed bag and throw it away. You can’t use it anywhere else or you will just spread the problem.
6. You can make your own organic traps to kill the adult fungus gnats. You can fill the bottom of a deep bowl with apple cider vinegar or red wine, then add several drops of liquid dish soap. Put it near your infested house plants. The gnats love it, and will fall into it and die. Replace it every couple of days.
7. Buy some sticky insect traps, or make your own. Use pieces of bright yellow colored cardboard and spread Vaseline all over them. Put them above your plants horizontally for the best results. Or use the kind of card holder that comes with a plant from your florist. Put the sticky trap in the card holder and stick it into your plant.
8. Some home gardeners swear by pouring three percent hydrogen peroxide directly into your plant soil. If you have an especially precious or delicate plant, I wouldn’t recommend this as your first choice.
If fungus gnats repeatedly infest your plants, especially in your office, it may be a serious challenge to completely get rid of them yourself. I’ve seen a case where the gnats were coming in through the ventilation system from another office!
If you are the one trying to take care of your office plants, you may want to consider bringing in an interior plant company like Good Earth Plants. We enrich people’s lives with plants – it’s our mission every day.
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I use these too and they work amazing.
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