Pesky Gnats on Indoor Plants

The how to on what to do!!

Gnats are tiny little black bugs that live, breed and lay eggs in the soil of your house plants! Before you freak out that your new plant babies are in harms way, never fear as these little pests won’t hurt your plant they are just super annoying and messy!!
Gnats grow and breed for all kinds of reasons!! With house plants, they most commonly occur in the heat when there is damp areas around your plant such as moist soil or drip trays.
Here are a couple of easy home remedies that will help eliminate and destroy your gnat problem!
  1. Peppermint Oil. Gnats are attracted to peppermint oil if you place a small dish of water with a few drops of peppermint oil beside your plant, this will attract the gnats and they will land on the water and get stuck and die.
  2. Apple cider Vinegar. Make up a small dish with an apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap and place next to your plant. Gnats are also attracted to the fermentation and smell of the vinegar and will be drawn to it.
  3. Red Wine. We all have the problem when having a sneaky glass or two that gnats end up filling our glass! Use this to your advantage and place a small glass of red wine next to your plant to attract them!
  4. Banana Peel. Place a banana peel in a small jar with Gladwrap over the top. Poke a few holes in the top of the wrap and use this as a trap for the gnats.
  5. Sand Layer. Try removing the top inch of soil on your plant and replacing with sand. Sand has no organic qualities so the gnats do not like it.
If trying any of these methods still seems to not solve the problem. Try re-potting your plant in fresh soil. Remove as much of the old soil as possible to prevent the gnat eggs transferring to the new soil. Also try to let your plant and the soil dry out in between waters to avoid damp areas.
Happy House-Planting!!