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bugs around house plants

Jeremy Harbinson "Jeremy Harbinson" at users.tbpt.wau.nl
Wed Oct 4 07:13:34 EST 2000

Sounds like you could have fungus flies (aka sciarid flies). In themselves they
are a harmless, if common, insect found in the soil of pot plants. They do,
however, usually indicate that the soil is too wet - so, assuming they are
fungus flies, be more careful with watering. You can check the soil by tipping
the plant out of its pot and checking for small white (colourless, really) grubs
about 5-7.5mm (1/4 inch) long living in the soil. You can of course deal with
them by using an insecticide applied as a soil drench, but this may result in
even more problems for the plants if they are overwatered. If you have been
over-watering the plants - check the roots to see if they are healthy (ie not
rotting) - remove the sour, saturated compost with the dead roots and replace it
fresh compost. If the soil is sodden, but the roots are OK, you can dry it out
by removing the plant fron its pot and placing it on a newspaper into which the
excess water will move. This obviously works more easily for small plants than
good luck,
Jeremy Harbinson

"Dilagetto®" wrote:

> hello all:
> as i was watering all my houseplants today i noticed really tiny bugs flying
> around a few of them.
> what do i do to get rid of them?

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