I recently repotted an indoor plant, put it back in my bathroom, and holy mackerel, hundreds of those little black bugs hatched over three weeks. I bug bombed the bathroom and it worked great. They are still hatching, even after 3 more weeks, but they die instantly
I hear that baking the soil for about 30 minutes at 200 degrees F or more works well. I'll be doing that for my next repot.
By Dewey from Grass Valley
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We have those irritating bugs in our house, too. Could you be specific about what you used to kill them--what type of bug bomb?
Thanks for any help.
Kinda scary that the bugs "die instantly" after bombing the room. What does that mean for you and your family...ick! I wash my plants down really good before bringing them into the house. If the soil is infected, I would discard and repot immediately. Good luck.
Every spring/summer when we start bringing in produce from the garden and bananas from the store, we start getting gnats all over. They are worse in the kitchen. I've tried the banana in the container and covered tightly with plastic wrap. It works! Also (tip from my son-in-law) pour apple cider vinegar (enough to cover bottom, plus) into a container add a few drops of dish soap (Dawn, Palmolive, etc.) in vinegar and swirl container a little bit. You can use Styrofoam cup, small plastic bowl, etc. It does work. You can change the vinegar/soap when needed. I usually change mine on 3rd day. I think this one works the best. Does anyone have any other hints?
By dottie46 from USA
Are there any products around the house that I can use directly in or on the soil of the plant to get rid if the gnats that won't harm my dog or the plant? I already have lighted gnat traps and don't want to leave jars w with vinegar, wine or juice laying around the house. Those cut down the numbers, but aren't getting rid of them entirely. HELP.
Susanne from Durango, CO
I have had house plants that I bring inside in the winter for years, but this year I seem to have an infestation of gnats that are in the soil. From what I have read from others in ThriftyFun I think they are fungus gnats. I have tried the insecticidal soap and the sticky strips but nothing seems to work. They seem to be in all of my plants. Any suggestions of anything else to try?
Debbie from Potomac Falls, VA
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