My indoor plants are inundated with small flying bugs. Help!

by Sylvia
I have tried getting rid of them with store bought plant sprays, some home remedies, etc. and just can't seem to get rid of them. I've even dug up my plant and washed it and replanted it with new soil. Just can't seem to get rid of the little buggers. Any one have any solutions?

  4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 06, 2017

    They could be fungus gnats.Place bowls of apple cider vinegar covered with saran wrap,poke a few holes in it.You may have to re-pot them again with a new bag of soil.

  • Kim Kim on Jul 06, 2017

    I hate those pesky little things too! I got the following info from SF Gate Homeguide.


    Fill about the bottom one-half of a deep bowl with apple cider vinegar. Adult gnats will be attracted to the apple cider vinegar's odor.


    Add five drops of liquid dish soap to the apple cider vinegar. The soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar and provides enough resistance so that gnats cannot escape the mixture.


    Place the bowl near your houseplants. The fungus gnats will drown when they investigate the mixture. Empty the bowl and replenish it with a new batch of the mixture periodically.

    Killing the Eggs


    Remove all decaying plant material from the soil of your houseplants. You may need to remove some of the top layer of soil as well to get all of the decaying plant material.


    Let the plants' soil dry to a depth of about 2 inches.


    Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar with the water you will use to water your houseplants.


    Give your plants' soil the water containing liquid dish soap and white vinegar every other time you water the plants. Let the soil dry to a depth of 2 inches before you water the soil again. Eventually, the mixture will kill fungus gnat eggs and larvae.

    Hope that helps

    : )

  • Jas24316456 Jas24316456 on Jul 06, 2017

    You need to remove all of the old potting soil and replace it with new. The bugs may have laid eggs in the old soil and they feed off the dead decaying leave, so remove them asap.

  • Sylvia Sylvia on Jul 06, 2017

    Thank you Kim, I just printed these steps and will try this method.