So, you’ve started to grow your collection of houseplants. You love these plants, you do everything you can for these plants and yet, pesky home invaders appear. What is worse than coming home from a long day only to see that your home is under attack. Fungus Gnats. Annoying pests, right? Well I’ve got the best remedies on how to remove them from your home while putting up a Do Not Disturb sign so that they can leave your plants alone.
Here are three tips to prevent fungus gnats:
For basics, the first thing you should check when you begin to notice these flying criminals is your soil. Are you overwatering your plants? Is there not enough drainage in your pot? As simple as that may sound, without the proper drainage and watering schedule, fungus gnats will immediately appear due to their love of all things wet. A solution to this is by switching to the butt chug method when watering. That’s right, I said butt chug… for your plants! An easy watering method where instead of pouring water on top of the soil, you place your plant in a nursery pot with holes on a small dish with some water and let nature do its thing. Your plants will let you know when they are done drinking when the dish is almost empty or the top layer of the soil is moist.
If you’re still having trouble check out our blog: 3 Ways to Tell Your Plants Need Water for more detail on keeping your plants healthy and properly watered.
Have you ever noticed how most plants on display in stores and restaurants have decorative pebbles sitting on top of the soil? This isn’t just for aesthetic reasons, even though a pop of color amongst green foliage is always a plus. It is a preventative step to make sure your plants are protected from fungus gnats spawning from deep within the soil. By placing a layer of pebbles or stones, you are making your plants inhabitable causing the gnats to find new homes hopefully far away from yours. We offer multiple pebbles such as: Ghost Droppings, Jadey Luck and our personal favorite Cohen’s Pawbbles to keep those pesky gnats away while being stylish.
Ever heard of, you are what you eat? The same goes for your plants as well. The type of soil you use for them will determine how healthy they will be. Choosing the right soil with all of the best ingredients may be hard but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. For proper water levels to avoid gnats we recommend soils topped with Diatomaceous Earth. A few sprinkles of that on your plants and you can kiss those gnats goodbye! Diatomaceous Earth is used in order to soak up as much water as possible to act as a barrier so that no unwanted visitors will appear even if your soil is still wet from watering. We recommend soils with Diatomaceous Earth included to save you the shopping trip such as our Peace of Mind Organic Potting Soil Mix and our Mindful Mix .