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Sassy
Oct 26, 2016 7:24 PM CST
How do you get rid of nets in house plant
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DaisyI
Oct 26, 2016 7:40 PM CST
Welcome!

It sounds like you have spider mites, a teeny tiny insect that builds webs in your plants while sucking the life out of them.

Spider mites love dusty plants. The best way to get rid of them (and prevent future infestations) is to give your plants a warm soapy bath.
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plantmanager
Oct 26, 2016 8:08 PM CST
I wonder if she meant gnats? Fungus gnats can be a big problem with houseplants.
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lauriebasler
Oct 26, 2016 8:39 PM CST
Hi Sassy: Cute forum handle! Welcome. When you have a few minutes, It would be great if you could include your location in your state, in your profile. Plants require different care from state to state, so to get good advice, the pros here need that. This is such a nice forum, with so many ready to teach and share.

Welcome!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 26, 2016 10:07 PM CST
Hmmm... I took it to mean nets for webs but nets for gnats would work.

Sassy, we need to hear from you....
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syzone8aUK
Oct 27, 2016 3:20 AM CST
I've had gnats in my chilli pots before! More of a nuisance than a problem! I used soapy water to start, it took a couple of goes but it worked, after most are gone you want to let the medium dry out! they don't like the dry! So if possible let the soil stay dry as long as you can and any thats still there will clear off! Once the soil is dry you could try placing another pot filled with damp soil beside it or near it, they will leave the dry soil and lay there eggs in the damp soil! You can just ditch it then!
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purpleinopp
Oct 27, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Hi & welcome! I'm guessing gnats too. Gnats love peat. Since I quit allowing that in my pots, no more gnats.

Aside from changing soil, a product with Bti in it, such as those sold to thwart mosquito larvae in bird baths and ponds, when added to the water given to plants when thirsty, will also eliminate gnat larvae and break the cycle.
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