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A Gnat Tip for Houseplants

By goldfinch4
May 21, 2012

A great way to get rid of gnats on your houseplants is to mix 32 ounces of water with one squirt of Windex. Water your plants by making sure the entire soil surface is wet. It's not necessary to saturate the soil.

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Name: Jean
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rocklady
May 20, 2012 6:13 PM CST
Thanks so much for this useful tip. I'm off to mix up a batch!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 21, 2012 8:33 AM CST
I never thought about using it for knats. I have used it on ants, and it really does work.
Now I wonder if it would work on scale? Off to experiment with a plant that has this problem. Hurray!
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tarev
May 21, 2012 9:42 AM CST
Oh I like this tip! Next time I will try it...although vinegar mixture works for me, my hubby hates the vinegar smell.
Thanks for the tip!
Name: Jean
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rocklady
May 21, 2012 11:14 AM CST
Lynn, let us know how your scale experiment turns out. I have a plant with a problem, too!
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
May 21, 2012 11:16 AM CST
I was skeptical, but very happy when it worked with gnats!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 21, 2012 1:15 PM CST
Okay, sprayed the entire plant with the solution. There are ants on it also, must be harvesting nectar from the scale? Now to see if it works. Where is the Cross The Fingers emoticon?
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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
May 21, 2012 5:55 PM CST
Yikes, Lynn, that's a scary picture!
Windex--whoulda thunk it? Thanks for sharing that, Chris!
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Onewish1
May 21, 2012 7:34 PM CST
I had no idea... thanks for the tip!!
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tarev
May 21, 2012 7:58 PM CST
valleylynn said:Okay, sprayed the entire plant with the solution. There are ants on it also, must be harvesting nectar from the scale? Now to see if it works. Where is the Cross The Fingers emoticon?
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Oh my..looks like a plant with measles! I hope the solution worked on it!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 21, 2012 8:24 PM CST
If not, rubbing alcohol works using a cotton ball or q-tip.
Would be much quicker and easier if the Windex spray works.

I received a beautiful abutilon that had scale. I didn't know it since I had never seen it before. Thank heavens it has only infested this tropical hibiscus and one other abutilon I had. I isolated them from all other plants.
The abutilon have all been cured, now to clear this plant up and hopefully that will be the end of it.
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goldfinch4
May 22, 2012 12:13 AM CST
It's always nice to find something inexpensive that works.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 22, 2012 11:07 AM CST
I think I will spray it every day for about a week. I really want this to work. Sad
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goldfinch4
May 22, 2012 1:31 PM CST
I'm all ears! Will be anxiously waiting for the results.
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Joannabanana
Jan 12, 2013 3:59 PM CST
I wouldn't really recommend this, but in a pinch it did the job. We had forgot mosquito repellent one trip to our farm. That particular time, the mosquitos were awful. I had Windex in the house, so we sprayed our clothes and it WORKED!! The kid was only about 5 years old at the time and now several years later, I have caught her going for the Windex to use as mosquito repellent. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 12, 2013 4:22 PM CST
The experiment of using windex on plant scale was not successful. Didn't seem to faze them. Sad
And I was diligent about spraying.
Back to the alcohol. I know it works.
It was successful on knats. Hurray! I think because they are soft bodied as opposed the the very tough/hard shell of the scale
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KyWoods
Jan 12, 2013 5:42 PM CST
But I'll bet they're nice and shiny now! Rolling on the floor laughing Good to know it worked on the gnats, thanks!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 12, 2013 5:48 PM CST
Yes, they are very clean and shiny scales now. Thumbs down
They also look pretty healthy. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jan 13, 2013 3:45 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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