How To Kill Gnats in Plants? (4 Easy Methods)

Every plant lover wants to take care of their plants as if they are their children, but there are some things that many plant owners have dealt with, and one of the most common issues that they have questions about is the presence of gnats in different plants.

Well, if your problem is gnats as well, I am more than glad to say that this article is completely written for you! Here, I will be telling you about gnats as general damage to plants, and of course, I will mention for you some other things that you should know about them. What are they? How to notice them? How to kill them? To find out the answers to these questions, and find out more information regarding gnats in plants, stick until the end of this article!

Now, without any further ado, let us get this article started!


What are Gnats in Plants?

Before stating anything else, I would like to say that gnats are the most annoying thing that could ever happen to your plant!

As gnats in plants are considered small flies which are 1/8 inches long and they are most commonly found in indoor plants. They can easily be noticed in outdoor plants as well, but loving closed places, they are mostly found indoors, moving around your indoor plants.

By the way, they look like mosquitoes but you shouldn’t worry about biting like mosquitoes, because their job is to destroy plants and not annoy you.


How to Identify Gnats in Plants? – Symptoms of Gnats

An important thing that you guys should know about gnats is the way how to identify them, and even though they are annoying things, lucky enough they show us that they have created a place on the plants by showing some symptoms. The symptoms are of course shown by the plants and you can easily notice if the plant is dealing with gnats.

Anyways, the symptoms that show us that gnats are in our plants are:

  • Root Rot
  • Yellow and Dropping Leaves
  • Little Flies Move Around the Plant
  • Not Normal Growth (complete stopping of the plant’s growth)

How to Kill Gnats in Plants?

Now that you know that your plant has gnats within, the time has come to find out the ways how to kill gnats in your plants, because if they stay there for a pretty long time, they can really harm the plant and quickly cause destroying to it! There are some procedures that should be followed, and I would like to make a division.

These are the ways how you can kill gnats in plants and get rid of them:

Use of Stick Traps

Everybody has an idea about those yellow sticks which are known as fly traps and you have at least used them once in a lifetime. Well, they come in handy here as well! Considering that gnats are basically flies, you can put sticky traps on your plant, on the soil or the leaves, and leave them there. You will notice that whenever a gnat tries to be in contact with the plant, it will be stuck on the traps.

I am well aware that this version may make the plant look a bit weird, but still, it is one of the most natural ways of trapping gnats.

Vinegar and Cinnamon Would Help

Vinegar is another choice for killing gnats in plants, and it is interesting enough how much gnats are attracted to vinegar. They love to see vibrant colors and considering that it would definitely be better if you use a colored vinegar type so that the gnats can come easier to it. Once in contact with vinegar, the gnats will be completely dead.

I also mentioned cinnamon, and even though I don’t quite prefer this method, for some people it has been the best one to use. Cinnamon should be sprinkled on the top of the plant’s soil and since it is known as a fungicide it may help you get rid of the gnats.

Use of Products

As time passes, technology has become an inevitable thing, and you may already know that there are different discoveries regarding flies in general that you can put on your houses and get rid of them. Well, you can get one of those products, and it will do the job properly of gathering gnats around and killing them.

Chemical Use: Hydrogen Peroxide Mix

When I say hydrogen peroxide, you should have in mind that you must not use a straight one as it can harm the plant as well. Instead of a straight one, you can make your own mixture while putting water within. It is a quite strong substance, and if you put water, you will notice that it will deal with the gnats only.


Frequently Asked Questions

What brings gnats to plants?

Gnats don’t come just naturally, as they need something in order to come at your plants, and the most common reasons why your plant may gather gnats is because of overwatering issues, light conditions, dried leaves, or roots.

Can plant gnats fly around?

Gnats are particularly mentioned in different plants, and they don’t really care about you or your environment. Even though they do have wings, they cannot really fly long distances as they can fly only around the plant.

Do they go away on their own?

Unfortunately, a gnat cannot be gone just by itself. It is a whole process that should be done by you, in case you don’t want them around your plant.


Final Words

Here we came at the end of this article, in which I tried to be as understandable as I could be so that you can get rid of the gnats on your plants in the best way possible!

As you can notice, I mostly mentioned natural ways, and still, I would say that sticking the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide mix would be the best way to deal with them.

What I hope is that this article will be your biggest helper in killing gnats in plants!


Further Reading

Gnats are a way of killing plants, but still, there are as well ways on reviving different plants. I said that because I would like to introduce to you some other articles that I have already written, completely related to the revival of different plants!

If you have a strawberry plant, and it is in bad condition, you can check out the ways on reviving a dying strawberry plant, or if you own a palm tree, check out how to revive it!

You can also find out the revival ways of a dying azalea, as well as the ways of rescuing a dying orchid!

Natalia Michalska

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