Help needed with "fruit flies"
Judith R. Sarber
jsarber at alaska.net
Fri Mar 14 05:26:28 EST 1997
Mark & Victoria wrote:
> In <01bc2bcd$6f759c40$75c196c6 at dragan> "Dragan" <dragan at coredcs.com>
> >We have various green plants in our home, such as spider plants,
> >rubber plant, etc. In the past few months there have been a number
> >"fruit fly" type bugs flying around. Not swarms, but enough to be
> >noticeable and irritaing. Have been unable to find the source.
> >Would appreciate any ideas on how to find the source, and get rid of.
> These are fungus gnats, and if left alone can and will damage tender
> roots of plants. The larve feed on root hairs and can cause root rot.
> I have them and find them quite difficult to get rid of. I have used
> everything from NEEM products, to insecticidal soaps (directly on the
> adults), Bt H-14 drench (host specific Bt), I have dried the soil
> entirely, changed the soil, used a pyrethrum drench, and tried flailing
> my arms around trying to snap them with my hands, like a mental
> patient! You can try some of the methods I used above. I find these
> insects gather around my new seedlings. Once I move the plants outside
> this problem seems to slowly go away. If anyone knows of an organic,
> or should I say, non-synthetic poison method, let us all know.
I've tried several kinds of treatment with limited results. My mother
uses a 'bug strip' to take care of her problems and it seems to work
fast. She has plants all over the house--just moves the bug strip to
the area that has the current problem.
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