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While not immediately harmful to your plants, these flying bugs can be annoying and are generally an indication of overwatering. There are two lifecycles to cover - adult gnats flying around and larvae finding home in the soil. Here are different methods to control both stages.
Dry out soil - Gnats and their larvae need moisture to survive. Try drying out the soil completely before watering again.
Homemade dish soap spray - combine 1 tablespoon of dish soap with a quart of water. Test the spray on one leaf before applying to the rest.
Potato slices - Cut up 1 inch cubes of potatoes and bury them just below the surface. Wait 4-8 hours as it attracts the larvae, then dispose of the slices.
The strong stuff - if gnats become a recurring issue, find a solution with Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis or Bti, which you can easily find on Amazon.
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