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Mar 13, 2018 11:32 AM CST
Antwerp
Hi all!

I've been having issues with little black "flies" in my house for a while now. Initially I thought they were gnats, so I put down potato slices to try and lure the larvae.
No such luck and the slices are full of tiny black bugs (which you can't see on these pictures, I wasn't able to catch them on camera) and bigger ones.
They seem to be black, silver and white.

Does anyone more experienced have an idea what they might be?

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Greetings from Belgium,
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Mar 13, 2018 6:09 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
I cannot ID those critters, but they are a clear indication that your plants are potted in contaminated soil. Indoor plants should be potted only in sterile, soilless, peat-based potting mixes. No garden soil, compost or bark chips.

Allowing the soil to dry out as much as possible - just short of killing the plants - will help eradicate some of the pests.
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Mar 13, 2018 7:06 PM CST
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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Region: Ukraine Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Zinnias Dog Lover Morning Glories
Annuals Bee Lover Dragonflies Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds
Possibly Dark-winged Fungus Gnats
https://bugguide.net/node/view...
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Mar 15, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Let top couple inches of soil dry, or dry out as much as possible.
Mix up a solution of Neem oil.
Water them with it.
Then sprinkle a dusting of Diatomasous Earth on top of soil.
Do this twice, and you'll probably be rid of them all.
If there still around, when it's time to water third time, repeat again.

Put Neem oil mix in close able bottle, it needs to be agitated every time you use it, sence it will seperate.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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Mar 16, 2018 2:49 AM CST
Antwerp
Thanks so much for the answers!

I'll try a combination, drying them out as much as possible and then going in with Neem oil and Diatomasous Earth.
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