insects and houseplants

S. Yantis sry22 at
Fri Jun 6 12:12:21 EST 2003

New reader here...just wanted to add that besides watering, please check
the drainage of the soil - is the pot sitting in a wet saucer, etc.?
a houseplant enthusiast

On Fri, 6 Jun 2003, gingerobyn wrote:

> yes, that sounds likely because i would see them crawling around in the very
> wet soil. thanks
> "Monique Reed" <monique at> wrote in message
> news:3EDF4FCA.21119B9E at
> > 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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