infested container soil - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Margarita, Ca
Question by queeniebob
December 28, 2009
I moved my dwarf lime and lemon citrus inside for winter and the soil now has little gnats in the soil and flying around. How do I get rid of them? The potted soil is new. I pruned the trees back and they are now sprouting new growth.

Answer from NGA
December 28, 2009


What you describe sound like fungus gnats. These little pests feed and breed in moist potting soil and they are extremely annoying! You can place a physical barrier between the potting soil and the pests by covering over the top of the soil with gravel or sand, or you can use insecticidal soap or a product called Gnatrol as a soil drench. Best wishes with your citrus trees!

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