The article will tell you about how to get rid of midges and larvae that start in flower pots.
Where do gnats come from in flower pots, how long do they live?
Many people plant flowers - this is an interesting and useful activity, both for the soul and for the home. Plants decorate the room and contribute to the production of oxygen, which is necessary for adults and children. Any flowers are subject to negative influences of the outside world: adverse conditions, insufficient or excessive care, animals (cats, for example, that dig the ground and gnaw leaves), insects.
It is not uncommon for plants to infect midges and these insects are the cause of improper care by humans. Some who don’t like to mess around with flowers will just throw out the pot, however, “uninvited guests” can be easily brought out, knowing the ways and secret traps for such midges. Thus, the plant will remain completely unharmed.
In addition to midges, the plant can suffer a host of diseases and midges that appear are not the problem itself, but only its consequence. Insects are planted in those pots that are excessively flooded with water. Increased dampness and plenty of moisture attract midges. Damage to the plant can be caused by larvae deposited by midges directly into the ground.
IMPORTANT: "You should sound the alarm already when you notice at least one midge on the surface of the soil."
What can cause the appearance of midges:
- You initially chose not high quality and poor soil for the flower. An open window often serves as a "bait" for attracting midges to the room.
- You too often and too abundantly water the flowers and the soil "rots", which makes it attractive for midges.
You can deal with such midges by any home and special means. There are several varieties of midges, on which their lifespan depends. Some species live no more than 10-14 days, others up to 3 months. The season can also affect the life expectancy, in the heat midges live less, but reproduce more often and more abundantly."Home" midges in flowers and plants
Types of midges in indoor colors: what is the difference?
Types of flower midges:
- White midges. The most common type of insect found in potted plants. They can be found both on moist ground and on the basal part (foot).
- Poredy. Very small insects, not more than 1 mm in length. A distinctive feature of the flies is a light white or yellowish color, and the fact that they "cheerfully" jump on the leaves. They start in pots when the moisture is not evaporated enough (mainly in the cool season).
- Sciarides. Small midges of black color, they mainly fly over plants, annoying them. For humans, these insects are harmless, but can spread throughout the house, falling into drink and food. However, sciarid larvae can harm the flowers and you can notice consequences such as: yellowness and twisting of leaves, some become “wrinkled”, and the soil is filled with translucent worms. As a rule, such black midges are the result of watering flowers with tea leaves or organic tea.
What flowers "love" midges:
- Those with sufficiently “soft” leaves
- Plants with "dense" greens
Where can I find midges most often, on what colors:
- Orchids (all types)
Cats on plants: different species
IMPORTANT: Cats "do not like" flowers such as scarlet, as well as plants with strong, rich mint and tobacco aromas.
How to water, process flowers from midges at home: chemicals
When choosing a chemical agent for controlling midges, it is important to give preference to what is safe for others.
Suitable products (names):
- Inta-vir - safe tool for home use
- Fitoverm - a tool that is safe for humans and combats all kinds of insects in flowers.
- Aktara - modern highly effective remedy for controlling midges in flowers.
- Fufanon - soil disinfectant in flower pots and pest control.
- Agravertine - means for the destruction of midges and their larvae
- Thunder 2 - powerful and effective tool to combat midges and grubs.
- Fly-eater - a means to combat midges and flies that harm plants.
- Actellic - the drug is toxic and is not allowed to be used at home.
- Bona forte - a tool that acts instantly on insects and kills midges in plants.
Larvae and midges in the ground
INTERESTING: The simplest but most effective means to combat insects planting in the soil of domestic plants is considered to be dichlorvos soil treatment.
How to bring midges in flower pots in an apartment, a house folk remedies: recipes, tips
What "home" ways can help:
- Weak solution of tar soap. The only caveat - the solution should be a weak concentration. Thus, a slight disinfection of the soil will occur, which will not damage the plant.
- Wood ash or tobacco ash. She should sprinkle the topsoil in a flower pot. Insects are very sensitive to pungent and strong odors.
- Slices of garlic and orange peel. They also have powerful aromatic properties that can repel insects.
What else to do:
- Replace completely.
- Change of topsoil
- Reduce watering
- Full drying of the soil
- Loosen topsoil
- Set traps and adhesive tapes near pots
Matches, potassium permanganate, midge garlic in indoor colors: recipes
Do-it-yourself traps and tools will help you get rid of midges in flower pots.
What can be used:
- Garlic infusion. To do this, rub one large head or squeeze, pour 0.5-0.6 liters of boiling water. Cool the solution and filter. Liquid should be used to irrigate the soil and leaves of the plant.
- Potassium permanganate. A very weak solution of potassium permanganate (checking the concentration is very simple: the solution should be colorless in the palm of your hand) should be used to spray the plant once a week.
- Sulfur. Finding her is very simple, just take a few matches. They should be thrust into the soil with their heads down and replaced often enough (every day or every other day). Sulfur affects the soil, preventing its decay.
- Antiparasitic solution. You can buy an antiparasitic in any veterinary store. It should be dissolved in water and water the plant.