insects and houseplants

S. Yantis sry22 at u.washington.edu
Fri Jun 20 15:25:12 EST 2003


Hi,
Just a guess on my part, based on my own plant growing experiences, but
yes, I believe soggy conditions and poor drainage attract these insects,
they may feed off rotting roots and such.
Best wishes on your horticultural endeavors!
susan

On Sat, 7 Jun 2003, gingerobyn wrote:

> "is the pot sitting in a wet saucer"
>
> well, one was. but some of my plants don't even have drainage saucers
> because they dont have holes in the pot.  i did put some stones in the
> bottom of the pot under the soil before potting the plants. i did that at my
> moms suggestion to try to let the plants drain and keep the roots from
> getting to wet. is that the right thing to do?
>
> should i assume that having the plants in wet saucers creates a conducive
> environment for those gnats as well?
>
> "S. Yantis" <sry22 at u.washington.edu> wrote in message
> news:Pine.A41.4.44.0306061010490.135062-100000 at homer34.u.washington.edu...
> > Hi,
> > 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.?
> > cheers,
> > a houseplant enthusiast
> > susan
> >
> > 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 mail.bio.tamu.edu> wrote in message
> > > news:3EDF4FCA.21119B9E at mail.bio.tamu.edu...
> > > > 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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