Budget101 Discussion List Archives Gardening & Landscaping New to plants, fungus gnat help please

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      Avatar for georgottashiregeorgottashire
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      Hi, I am new to plants and having a problem with fungus gnats. I understand not to overwater and to let the soil dry out, but the issue I’m having is that I have to water them sometime, so as soon as I water them about a week or so later the little bugs are right back at it again.

      In the soil I see little white silver tiny bugs that look like book lice, but I think might be baby fungus gnats, those die off completely when I let the soil dry out, but are right back in droves as soon as I water.

      Also the gnats are flying around the plant, but I’m letting the soil dry out and spraying the top and bottom drainage holes with diluted bleach. I guess I just don’t understand how I’m supposed to be doing this.

      How do people have indoor plants and not have bugs flying around all the time? Can you please advise me? I would love to have my house filled with plants, but desperately need some guidance. Thank you!!

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      do the bugs on your plants look like these?

      springtails on soil in hendersonville tennessee

      springtail collembola

      they are springtails – they’re also called snow fleas (because of their ability to survive harsh cold temperatures and their ability to jump). They’re not really fleas at all.

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Gardening & Landscaping New to plants, fungus gnat help please