Chemical To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnat? - Knowledgebase Question

Grand Rapids, MI
Question by lakefrnt
November 6, 1999
I have fungus gnats in my houseplants, is there a chemical I can use to treat the soil of the plants? How can I get rid of them? It is to cold outside for my houseplants and I cannot put up with them through the winter. Also do they lay eggs in the soil? If I get rid of them by repotting the plants how do I make sure the bugs still flying around in my house dont reinfest the plants? Thanks

Answer from NGA
November 6, 1999


Fungus gnats are pesky once they get established. They reproduce in the top layers of moist soil. I'm not aware of a chemical that works on them. Before completely repotting, try scraping off several inches of the top soil and letting the plants dry out for a bit. That will get rid of quite a few of them since they won't have moist soil. (Of course, you can't let them dry out too long or it's detrimental for the plants.) Then repot, and try putting some plastic wrap or other barrier over the soil. The good news is that fungus gnats don't live very long.

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