Recently, I received a question about winter fruit flies from Arlys:
I have a question for you. I bought some plants in the house for the winter. Now, I have fruit flies that I can’t get rid of. DRIVING ME CRAZY. I put out apple cider vinegar, but not working. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!!! 🙂
I thought I’d tackle it with a couple of suggestions, and then open it up to you peeps.
Two things: First, if the vinegar isn’t working and it is winter, there is a slight possibility they are not fruit flies, but rather, fungus gnats. They look very similar, but are kind of impervious to vinegar traps. Second, if they are, in fact, fruit flies, I personally would spray the leaves of the plants down with a water/dish soap mixture–kind of like treating aphids outdoors. Spray the leaves, the soil, the stem–everything. If the plant can tolerate it, you can set the plant outside in the cold for a couple of days–and that will kill any clingers.
If it is actually fungal gnats, do the same soap and water spray, but also place a layer of gravel, small rocks, etc. on top of the soil of the plant. They like to breed in the soil, and a nice layer of unfriendly breeding ground should shut it down.
Unfortunately, that’s about all I got, so without further ado, can any of YOU help Arlys out? Just leave your suggestions in the comments!
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