How to get rid of fruit flies in my plants?

by Mary

How to get rid of fruit flies in my plants?

  10 answers
  • Pat Pat on Nov 17, 2018

    Systemic insecticide.....integrated into the soil...purchased at garden shops or hardware garden center.

  • Christine Runyon Christine Runyon on Oct 05, 2017

    Sprinkle tumeric on the soil. Works!🙏

  • Amanda Amanda on Oct 05, 2017

    Try spraying the plants with dish soap water. I would first make sure that your plants can handle the soap. I would put bowls out with apple cider vinegar, a little dish soap, and add a little water, just enough where it starts to bubble. They should attract to the vinegar and then they get caught on the soap. Good Luck!

    • Adrianne Marcus-levine Adrianne Marcus-levine on Oct 05, 2017

      Thanks for all of that, Amanda. I have done it all. Even put chili powder on the dirt. Sprayed all of my plants w/ expensive plant-bug killer. Put some kind of white powder that I bought, on the soil to kill bugs. It all works for a short time. Then they come back!

      These little suckers are like cockroaches. They just keep on laying eggs in the soil and flying around. It's like I just can't win. They even love the light of my computer and visit me when I am on it. They are literally making me crazy!!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 05, 2017

    Put traps by the plants. Use fly strips, they really do help. Repot all your plants in new soil and make sure you clean the pots really well. Gently rinse off every leaf and stem on the plant. Make sure you wash every piece of fruit or vegetables that are kept on the counter. Avoid having tomatoes or grapes on the counter as they really go for them. Put boiling water down your drains as they are attracted to the water that stands in the pipes. All of this will help to get rid of them. I would put out the traps, fly strips and cut down the amount of the flies a bit before you repot the plants so there is less of a chance of reinfestation.

  • Amanda Amanda on Oct 06, 2017

    Well that is not fun. Another idea is to take all of the plants out getting as much dirt off of the roots as you can. Then wash the pots in hot water and either bake the soil to kill the eggs or toss the old soil and use new. I wish you luck.

  • Judy Judy on Dec 11, 2017

    ALSO - you may want to spoon out 1" of soil, and fill with new soil, and DO NOT WATER for a week. You may be giving the plant too much water. Clean around and under all the pots, in case of water from the other pots also. Best wishes, J.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 11, 2017

    The first thing you need to do is repot the affected plants in new potting soil and clean the pot really well, try to take all the soil if the roots as well by gently rinsing. You need to get rid of any eggs that are present in the soil. Continue with the solution by the affected plants to contain the flies that will still be present. If necessary, use a fly strip, that will help too. The most important part will be to get rid of all the eggs in the soil. Throw the old soil away so that it won't be used again. If you notice other plants getting affected, do the same with them. When you clean the pots, rinse them with vinegar and let it stay on it for a while, or let it dry. It has great antifungal properties that will make sure the fungus spores get killed.

  • Country girl Country girl on Oct 23, 2019

    Apple cider vinegar and water sprayed on the plant and wetting the pot soil

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 09, 2024

    Repot with new soil and be sure to rinse all the soil out of the roots. The eggs are in the soil, so it has to go. Clean the pots really well and let dry in the sun to further kill any clinging eggs.