How do I get rid of tiny gnats in my plants?


how do I get rid of them thy are reproducing like crazy P.J. in Kannapolis N.C.

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  • Fee34068337 Fee34068337 on Mar 01, 2019

    Place thin slices of white potatoes on top of your dirt. Use several slices. They eat the potato and die. It might be the starch. Let your plants dry out first. Those flies love damp dirt. I have also placed sticky mouse traps or sticky fly ribbon on top of the dirt.

  • Sherry Goolsby Sherry Goolsby on Mar 01, 2019

    Eliminator sells spider and insect traps. Diatomaceous Ěarth would wipe them out, too, or any insect that gets on your plants (it is ineffective when wet but non-poisonous to humans and pets)

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    • Sherry Goolsby Sherry Goolsby on Mar 12, 2019

      Your local Walmart should have the Diatomaceous Ěarth for $10 a bag. It's cheaper than replacing your plants or using a chemical that kids or critters could get into. This stuff is non toxic and a little goes a long way. I would try the potato slices first. Sounds interesting. Lemme know if it works. Good luck to you.

      Blessed be.

  • Rede Batcheller Rede Batcheller on Mar 02, 2019

    These little bugs are fungus gnats. They breed in the soil and when mature come out and fly around and drive us'n's (people) crazy. The easiest, old fashioned way to get rid of them is to buy a package of unfiltered cigarettes, empty the tobacco from one or two in some hot (no longer boiling) water. Let it steep, just as if it were tea. When it's cooled down, use it to water the plants. Great demonstration of how narsty tobacco can be, huh? As far as the extant gnats are concerned, if you wish you can get sticky strips or whatever they're called these days -- sticky paper on a thing that sticks in the soil in the pot. In a few days it/they will collect all there is/are to get rid of. And no more will hatch -- until and unless the soil is reinfested. Keep the cigarettes, wrapped airtight in plastic, with other garden chemicals etc. I have found they keep their strength for insecticide purposes a long time. Happy end of fungus gnats.

    • Patrick kennedy Patrick kennedy on Mar 03, 2019

      gave up cigarettes 22 years ago its going to seem a little strange buying them but I will thy are multiplying fast. thanks

  • I LOVE these Fruit Fly Traps, they are the only thing that work for us!! I would place it near the plants.

  • Judy Judy on Mar 02, 2019

    Create a trap by mixing 2 Tbs of apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbs of sugar, a few drops of dish soap. Pour mixture into small dish covered with seran wrap with holes punched.The gnats will be attracted to it. Go in and can't get out.

  • Judy Judy on Mar 03, 2019

    Your welcome.It worked for me.Good luck.