Houseplant with tiny flying bugs. How do I get rid of them? I tried plant safe bug spray.?
Topic: Houseplant with tiny flying bugs. How do I get rid of them? I tried plant safe bug spray.?
June 26, 2019 / By Ashleigh Question:
I used a spray that is for killing bugs on roses and such. These little bugs crawl around in the dirt and fly around the plant. I think they are killing it. I have very little experience in taking care of houseplants. I think I may have also been overwatering it. The dirt looks like it might be moldy? Not sure how to describe. White to yellowish little balls on top.
Best Answers: Houseplant with tiny flying bugs. How do I get rid of them? I tried plant safe bug spray.?
Zephaniah | 1 day ago
What you've described are "Fungus Gnats". They require moist soil conditions to live and reproduce. To eliminate them is quite simple;
1) Treat/spray your soil with some Insecticidal Soap (can be found at most hardware/garden shops). This application will eliminate existing fungus gnat larvae in the soil.
2) Place about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of clean sand over the top of your potting mix. This will provide a physical barrier that will prevent further egg-laying by the adults into the moist soil.
Any flying gnats (adults) will die eventually and the reproductive cycle will be destroyed by eliminating their habitat.
Hope this information helps solves your problem. GOOD LUCK!
-Certified Professional Crop Consultant with over 30 years of experience and a Degree in Plant Science
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Originally Answered: Tiny flying bugs in house and near sink?
Pour some bleach followed by boiling water down your drains. This will kill them. They live/breed in drains, not sure why. That is what I do when we get them. They are gnats, and they are obnoxious. They will be attracted to the beer smell, so make sure you do a thorough cleaning of your beer pong table and the floor surrounding it.
I agree with what Doc.Shell said. It needs repotting. Leave that old dirt far from where you do the repotting, and before repotting, drag the plant, roots and all, through a sink full of warmish soapsuds to get rid of those critters. The soap won't hurt the plant at all, but if there are any bugs hanging around, it will probably kill them. These are bugs that probably live in or on the soil, so spraying the leaves of the plant doesn't do much. And, yes...cut back on the watering. Good luck!
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I personally use a little dawn dishwashing liquid ( about a tablespoon ) and a little bleach , same amount , to a half gallon of water and spray the plant with it . The dishwashing liquid will kill the insects and the bleach kills fungus . Spray plants periodically to prevent further infestations . Start with every week and then every other week .
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1 water only once per week and with the gnats get a spray bottle any kind will do fill with water and 2 drops of dawn dish soap and spray once a month. saves money huh! look it up, home treatments for house plants
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Sounds like gnats...you have been over watering...I suggest taking it out of the container it's in and shake as much dirt away as you can and repot it with fresh soil. Make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom and that you only water when the soil feels like it's getting dry.
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Originally Answered: The bugs flying around my dog are.?
Bathe it in a dog flea shampoo and apply some frontline or advantage. These drops act for quite a while and if you use them as recommended(ie once/month or once/3months) then your problem should stay solved. No matter what insect is flying around this should give the dog some peace. Good Luck!