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12/17/11 5:11 P

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My sister will wash her plants with a bit of soapy water when the gnats are a bother.

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12/12/11 12:18 P

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Good idea Heidi.

Let us know how this works.

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12/12/11 10:28 A

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That's a great list to work from!! thanks!

We are starting with the easiest first----setting out a couple of bowls of apple cider vinegar. We'll see how that goes for a few days before I try to locate some sand to add a layer of sand to each pot. And before I go to the trouble to repot and wash all the plants I brought in.



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Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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12/12/11 10:08 A

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Found this on line...

Preventing an Infestation
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Select healthy, bug-free plants for your home. Avoid the problem in the first place by keeping them away from your home.

2


Isolate new plants from your existing houseplants and keep an eye out for signs of insects and diseases. If you don't notice any problems after two weeks you're in the clear to move the new plants to their permanent locations. This is a super easy way to prevent spreading problems to your healthy plants.

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Fungus gnats thrive in warm, moist environments. Allowing the soil to dry between waterings kills gnat larvae and makes your plant less hospitable to adult gnats looking for a place to lay eggs.


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If your plant does develop a fungus gnat problem, the first thing you should do is isolate the affected plant so the problem does not spread to healthy plants.

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You can then trap and drown adult gnats by placing apple cider vinegar or wine in a small bowl near the problem plant.

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Remove 1/4 inch of topsoil and replace with sand. Fungus gnats prefer moist soil with a lot of organic matter and will avoid plants top dressed with sand.

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If you can't get the gnat population under control you will need to repot the plant in sterile potting soil. Gently remove as much of the original soil from around the roots and trim out any diseased or rotting roots prior to repotting in fresh soil.





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12/12/11 10:06 A

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I would repot the plants and at the same time, wash them off under tepid water.

Hope this helps.

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I have the same problem with gnats. I bought a gnat trap but it doesn't get them all. I would like to find a solution that works.

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After I brought in several ferns, some of my herbs, and the lantana for the winter, we've had tons of gnats!

Obviously, there came from one of the plants or planters.

How do we get rid of them? We are getting tired of hitting ourselves in an attempt to kill them one by one as they fly around our faces, etc.

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