Fungus gnats are common houseplant bugs that live in and on the soil and feed on fungus. These pesky, small, dark winged insects are from the family Sciaridae and dont usually affect healthy houseplants. They lay eggs in the soil and their larvae can cause root damage if the infestation is heavy.
Are little bugs in plants normal?
A: Theyre most likely fungus gnats. These little buggers are a really common pest over winter, and theyre more attracted to the moist soil in houseplant pots than to the plants themselves. Fungus gnats are mainly an annoying nuisance. Most are hardy enough, though, that they can be planted outside.
How do you get rid of little bugs on plants?
Wipe off insects elsewhere with a damp rag or spray them off with water in the bathtub. You can also dislodge them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or vegetable oil, or spray them with insecticidal soap. Keep removing them weekly until theyre gone.
What are the tiny bugs on my plants?
Fungus gnats (also called soil gnats) are probably the most common (and annoying) houseplant pests. You will notice these indoor plant bugs crawling out of the potting soil, or flying around your plant when you water or otherwise disturb the soil.
How do you get rid of little bugs on houseplants?
TreatmentsSMOTHER THE SOIL. MAKE YOUR OWN STICKY TRAP. MAKE YOUR OWN DROWNING TRAP. USE SPUD POWER. SANITIZE AND REPOT. PLANT CARNIVOROUS PLANTS. USE A SPRAY BOTTLE. INDOOR PESTICIDES.19 Jul 2019
Why are there little flies around my plant?
Known as fungus gnats, theyre actually tiny flies, about 1/8-inch long, that are drawn to moist potting soil and decaying leaves on the surface of the soil around your plants. Fungus gnats love to lay their eggs in damp potting soil. The eggs become larvae, which feed on fungi in the soil (hence their name).