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Laura Burnett

I have recently planted 150 plug plants in new compost, because it is too cold outside to leave them and I have no greenhouse, they are in the house on every `bright' surface available! There are now horrid tiny flies crawling all over the pots, flying in the air everywhere, massing in the windows, how can I get rid of them?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,858
    edited March 2018
    They're probably fungus gnats.
    Not sure what you can do to rid them from your home though
    Some info here-
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=804

    I have used sticky fly-paper with some success
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,290
    I find the vacuum cleaner very handy to collect them up from the windows. If you do it often enough you can reduce the numbers fast. Just wait a few moments for them to regroup, then go in again.
    But don't let the nozzle near your plants!
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    I sympathise with you. I had this problem with some cyclamen that I was trying to nurse back to health from their supermarket torture. In the end I just put them outside, opened the window for a while and used bug spray.

    I know you don't have a greenhouse, but could you buy a couple of large see through storage boxes and put them outside, covering with fleece or a blanket at night?

    I would definately want the source out of the house.
    SW Scotland
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