Plant Care Tips 16.02.22

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats are a pest that can be seen flying around your plants. They mostly cause little to no harm to your plants but they are a general nuisance when they are in your home. There are a range of things you can do to both prevent and get rid of these pests once they have infested a plant. We have put together some top tips to keep them away.
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Getting Rid of Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats have a lifespan of about a week, and in that time, females can lay hundreds of eggs which can result in even more pests flying around your plants and home.

Getting rid of fungus gnats once they have infested your plants isn’t difficult as they have a short lifespan and are slow flying pests. Follow these steps to effectively get rid of them.

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Minimise Debris

Try to clear away plant debris from the soil of the plant such as dead flowers and leaves. If these are left to decay, fungus gnats are more likely to lay their eggs in the plant debris.


Careful Watering

Fungus gnats love moist environments and will multiply faster in these conditions. To solve this issue, only water plants when they need watering, and this will be when the top 2 inches of soil has dried out. Watch out in the winter! Watering will be needed less frequently in the winter months as the plant will grow slower.


Covering the Soil

To prevent the fungus gnats from laying their eggs, you can add some pebbles or sand to cover the top layer of soil which acts as a protective barrier. It’s easier to prevent a pest infestation than to try and get rid of them once they have found a home in your plants.


Sticky Traps

Fungus gnats are small little flies that can be caught using sticky traps. These can be placed in areas close to your plants to catch them. Some sticky traps can be placed on a stake and placed into the soil where the fungus gnats like to lay their eggs.


Drying out the Soil

Overwatering your plants creates moist environments which the fungus gnats thrive in. They like to lay their eggs in these moist conditions which causes more fungus gnats to hatch. By following a watering routine and only watering your plants when you need to, the soil will be able to dry out enough and kill off any remaining gnats.


Bug Spray

Using bug sprays on your plants can be another option for killing off fungus gnats. They do not usually cause harm to your plants, however they should be used with caution because they can be harmful if they are inhaled by humans.

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