Little black flies

tish Tish53 at
Thu Jan 15 13:10:54 EST 1998

> robin wrote,
>  >My houseplants all became affected by little black flies living in the
> >soil. They look like fruit flies.
> >There was fungi also present.
> Sounds like fungus gnats. Cut back on your watering.
> Fungus gnats are common when the soil is excessively moist.
> Bill

IMHO,I disagree with the above. Your description sounds more like the
"shore fly". The larvae live on the surface of the soil feeding on decaying
organic matter. Removing and replacing the top 1/2 inch of soil should take
care of it,sticky yellow cards will trap adult flies.


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