How do I get rid of flies? - Knowledgebase Question

Lansing, Mi
Question by hrczlansing
February 8, 2011
When I water my amaryllis
plant little flies come out of the pot, how can I get rid of these flies?


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Answer from NGA
February 8, 2011

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Fungus gnats look like tiny fruit flies and will occasionally infest the soil of houseplants, especially when plants are kept evenly moist. They breed in damp soil, so the first line of defense is simply to allow the soil surface to dry out a bit between waterings. An alternative would be to cover the soil with a thin layer of fast draining grit or sand which would dry almost immediately after watering. By breaking the breeding cycle the fungus gnats should disappear in about ten days to two weeks. Or, you could use a soil drench called Gnatrol according to the label instructions for immediate results.

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