flying insects

Asked January 18, 2018, 3:35 PM EST

When I brought my plants indoors this fall, I washed them off and repotted most of them. However, I am seeing little flying insects, black in color (less than 1/8 " in length) and assume they are coming from the soil. Is there a solution other than treating with some type of insecticide? We have grandchildren at our house each week and would prefer not to use anything harmful. Thank you! judy

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

They are probably fungus gnats. They feed on organic matter in the soil. Often they are a problem with plants that the soil was kept too wet. Here is a link to info about them as well as how to get rid of them. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/fungus-gnats/