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.


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Answer from NGA
December 28, 2009

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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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