insects and houseplants

Monique Reed monique at
Thu Jun 5 09:12:26 EST 2003

Most likely these are fungus gnats, which feed on organic matter in
the soil.  They usually do no harm to the plants and are more annoying
than anything else. You may be overwatering your plants.  

M. Reed
gingerobyn wrote:
> i don't seem many current on topic posts, so i dont know if anyone is out
> there to answer questions, but i hope so! i dont know much about plants, but
> love them so my apartment is adorned with some. in the spring and summer
> time they end up having these little black insects flying around them and
> around my apartment. i have ended up getting rid of some plants when i saw
> the tiny little winged bugs crawling around in the soil in numerous amounts
> but i dont want to do that. i tried spraying them with soapy water and i
> also tried spraying them with a store bought spray to eliminate insects.
> neither worked. i was free of them for a few months after i dumped the ones
> where they were most prolific, but now the bugs are back and i dont know
> what to do about them. they don't appear to harm my plants but they are very
> annoying and they end up multiplying. if anyone has any idea what to do
> about them please let me know. thanks!     -ginger

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