Kill gnats in houseplants


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Gnats can be confused with most any tiny black insect, but gnats are a specific species of insect that can become a nuisance when found inside the home. When a gnat problem arises most people mistake gnats with midges  and no-see-ums , but technically they are different. You do treat them the same, however.

Gnat control begins with identification. Gnats are very small, only an eighth of an inch long and range in color from gray to black, with very small wings. Resembling tiny flies, these insects are often blamed for any small, black flying insect. Fungus gnats are the most common gnats. Females can lay up to 300 eggs on the soil surface of houseplants or in outdoor areas, and you will often see fungus gnats resting on leaves of houseplants.

Fungus gnats thrive in wet areas. They eat organic matter, so soils with a high concentrations of organic matter can be especially susceptible. Fungus gnats are commonly mistaken for fruit flies, but if you’re finding them around your potted plants, they’re most likely fungus gnats. When you water your plants, these gnats will swarm out.

I love the way the dark leaves look on this plant. Technically these can grown into trees, but if you keep them trimmed they will stay small and bushy. Apparently they get larger with age, so this sucker will grow into a nice size relatively quick.

OK, no joke I have had like 3 of these that have survived major neglect and a move and are not even fazed. They are a good-looking plant, and get massive if you cut back the leaves, but they take their time and grow slow. If you want a perfect little bookshelf plant that you can forget about and totally ignore, this is what I suggest. I double dog dare you to try to kill it…Basically its the terminator of house plants.

I love the sculptural but organic quality of this plant. It looks like it’s a big deal, but its such an easy little dude to maintain. I have one in a basket on the floor in my dark ass dining room. He chills just fine, and I have yet to murder him.

Tiny and annoying, fungus gnats (Bradysia spp.) are more than just a nuisance. Their larvae may damage the roots of houseplants, according to the Colorado State University Extension's website. The tiny black bugs thrive in soil that is continually moist and rich in organic matter. Getting rid of fungus gnats can be a problem because you certainly don't want to drench your plants with a chemical that may hurt the plants. Instead, turn to an all-natural solution that uses liquid dish soap to kill fungus gnats.

Fill about the bottom one-half of a deep bowl with apple cider vinegar. Adult gnats will be attracted to the apple cider vinegar's odor.

Add five drops of liquid dish soap to the apple cider vinegar. The soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar and provides enough resistance so that gnats cannot escape the mixture.

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Wherever you live, Extension’s job is to determine what issues, concerns and needs are unique to each community, and offer sound and effective solutions. We have 3 regions ; Peaks and Plains, Front Range and Western . Learn more about us or about our partners .

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