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charlotte, nc
May 24, 2020 8:14 PM CST
i am growing basil and cilantro plants in containers. all of a sudden 3 weeks ago, while watering the plants, i noticed small black winged bugs coming out of the soil.

I thought they were aphids, but then i learned those are green and wingless. I have tried soap and water, vinegar and water- those bugs keep coming up from the soil when i water.

what are they? they remind of little nats. and how to get rid of them.

my basil leaves are turning black and cilantro leaves just have a few that have yellowed out.

This is my first time gardening with herbs.
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
May 24, 2020 10:42 PM CST
It sounds like the bugs are fungus gnats, they are a sign of overwatering. Stuff in the pot (like the roots of the cilantro and basil) begins to breakdown and the gnats lay eggs in the soil to eat the rot. The easiest treatment is to water less. Wait until the soil is dry to the depth of your finger and then water until water comes out the bottom of the containers.

And, don't use vinegar. People use it as a herbicide replacement.
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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May 25, 2020 2:53 AM CST
Let your soil dry well between waterings. Here's a photo of my indoor basil grown from seed. Let those herbs get really dry before watering again. If you keep the soil too wet between waterings the plants roots suffer alot of damage and gnats flourish.
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