What gnats are in house plants?

Asked November 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EST

I seem to have all these little gnats around my house plants..are they in the soil? I sprayed the soil with a spray and found a lot of them dead on the floor. What can I add to soil to prevent this?

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1 Response

My best guess, without a picture at hand, is fungus gnats. They are quite small dark insects which flit around the plant and soil surface. They’re sometimes a nuisance for people.

The management is to allow the soil to dry out a bit more than you are currently doing to limit the youngsters which thrive in moist soil and feed on roots. You can also add an anti-mosquito product such as Mosquito Dunks (or granules) to the water you use. Continue for at least three weeks or more to break the life cycle.