Are your houseplants suffering from a fungus gnat infestation? Don’t despair! There are easy and natural ways to get rid of fungus gnats in your houseplants. Find out what kills fungus gnats in the soil and what non-toxic ingredients to use like vinegar, neem oil and diotomaceous earth. Read on to learn how to keep your house plants healthy and pest free.
Table of contents
- How to get rid of fungus gnats in houseplants
- What is a fungus gnat?
- What kills fungus
gnats in soil?
- Supplies you may need to get rid of fungus gnats:
- How to get rid of fungus gnats with hydrogen peroxide
- How do you get rid of
gnats in houseplants with Gnat Stix?
- Does vinegar get rid
of gnats in houseplants?
- Does neem oil kill fungus gnats?
- Diotomaceous Earth for Fungus Gnats
- Can you use Bounce Sheets to get rid of fungus
- Can you use cinnamon to get rid of fungus gnats?
- Can you use sand to get rid of fungus gnats?
How to get rid of fungus gnats in houseplants
House plants have been gaining popularity over the past couple of years and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. People are longing for more of a connection with nature and trying to find ways to bring the outdoors inside-especially people who live in apartments or don’t have access to a yard or garden.
One of the worst things a plant owner can find is a fungus gnat infestation on one of your beloved plant babies. Don’t worry, you don’t need to throw your plant out if you find fungus gnats on it. There are steps you can take to kill the fungus gnats and make sure they never come back.
What is a fungus gnat?
Fungus gnats are small, dark, fly-like bugs. The larvae of most gnat species feed on fungi growing on soil. They help the decomposition of organic matter.
Gnats are typically harmless to healthy plants – and humans – but can inflict extensive damage to seedlings and their presence can indicate more serious problems. In houseplants, the presence of gnats may indicate over-watering. Gnats may be feeding on roots that have been immersed in water too long and are thus rotting, or the gnats may be attracted to fungus growing in saturated topsoil.
The first step to killing fungus gnats is making sure your soil doesn’t stay too wet. Let it dry out between watering and make sure the planters have adequate drainage holes so that the roots don’t sit in water.
What kills fungus gnats in soil?
Commercial greenhouses typically use the insecticide diflubenzuron to control fungus gnats and their larvae. It is applied to infected soil and will kill fungus gnat larvae for 30-60 days from a single application. It works by interfering with chitin production and deposition and it also triggers insect larvae to molt early without a properly formed exoskeleton, resulting in the death of the larvae.
Chances are you don’t have a bottle of diflubenzuron in your cupboard to kill fungus gnats. No fear. There are plenty of household products that work really well for getting rid of fungus gnats and that are safe for you, your pets and your kids.
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