Houseplant soil habitat for insects

Asked December 30, 2012, 10:44 PM EST

I only have one plant in the house and it is a 3 ft wide by 2 high (not including the pot) aloe. It is the source of teeny flying insects that are the size of fruit flies. The plant is very healthy. Is there a product to treat the soil.? I can't image trying to re-pot this in the middle of January.

El Paso County Colorado

1 Response

These insects are probably fungus gnats. Fungus gnats thrive in houseplant soil that is highly organic and is kept too moist/wet. Just by backing off on the water a bit you may reduce the numbers of these nuisance gnats. Much more info:
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05584.html

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1445.html