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fungus gnatHow to Control Fungus Gnats

If you enjoy having plants indoors to liven up the place, one drawback that can be rather annoying is how houseplants usually gather attention from fungus gnats. You may have had fungus gnats flying around your potted plants indoors or even gathered outside your window aching to get in. These nuisances not only can be irritating to try swatting out of your home, they can also damage plants if measures are not taken to control them.

Fungus gnats are generally small, often tiny, flies with long legs and long thin wings, similar to that of a mosquito. These gnats have vein patterns in the wings and are an 1/8th of an inch long. Gnat eggs are so small they can hardly be seen by the naked eye but are smooth and range between clear to white in appearance. During the larvae stage, gnats are legless and thread-like with shiny black heads and can be up to a 1/4th of an inch long.

Plants can be damaged by fungus gnats by them preferring to lay their eggs on the plant and eating at the decaying organic matter and fungus growing in the soil (hence their name) but they will also eat plant roots. Fungus gnats thrive in indoor environments and grow their populations to large amount mainly due to the moisture levels being ideal indoors.

If you are dealing with pesky fungus gnats in or around your home, Solutions Pest and Lawn can help you with the best products and helpful DIY advice around.

How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats: 3 Step Solution

The majority of the fungus gnat’s lifespan consists of mainly of the larvae and pupa stage and that is when they do the most damage to the plant and the soil that they reside in. The adult stage is short lived so the best method of control is targeting the gnats when they are in their younger stage. However, whether they are larvae or those annoying flying adult gnats we have a way to get rid of them and will share you the steps how you can rid them yourself.

Step 1: Start by inspecting indoors and see where the breeding source is. This is usually either a house plant or any area of moisture, perhaps a leak of some sort that has yet to be discovered. Fungus gnats like areas with high moisture. Make sure your containers have good drainage, and avoid overwatering your plants. Let the top 1-3 inches of soil dry before adding more water. You can even place a raw potato on the soil of your potted plant so it will soak up the moisture. Keeping the top of the soil dry will help stop fungus gnats from laying their eggs in the soil. If you have a water leak, repair it immediately. Repotting the plant in fresh soil may also help.

Step 2: Trapping is an effective method of taking care of the adult fungus gnats. Set up a trap such as the Musca-Stik to capture remaining fungus gnats in the home after moisture sources have been removed.Gnats may also be removed naturally by replacing the soil of potted plants with dry soil or removing the plant or moisture source from the home completely.

Step 3. For plants you wish to keep around that are infested with gnats, you can treat them with an insecticide such as Reclaim IT. Spray the insecticide all over the plant to kill off eggs and larvae residing on the plant. Take the plant outdoors to perform the treatment and allow to fully dry before bringing back in the home.

4. If gnats are still flying around your home, use an aerosol spray like CB PCO Fogger or Pyrid Aerosol Insecticide for a fast knockdown and quick kill.

View our fungus gnat killing products below. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you with your order or give you helpful pest control advice.

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