tiny fruit fly sized flying bugs.

Asked November 8, 2019, 12:35 PM EST

Tiny flying bugs coming from soil (we think)of old philodendrum plant. Plant was never outside. Look like fruit flies, but no fruit sitting out. Have had the problem about 1/12 weeks. How can they be eliminated?

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

The tiny flying bugs may be fungus gnats. The tiny worm like larvae feed on the fungus growing in over watered plant soil and decaying roots. Water your philodendron less. Fungus gnat larvae in the soil are controlled with the bacterial insecticide, Bacillus thuringiensis var. Israelensis (known as B.t. H-14). This is sold by many garden centers.