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Little black bugs flying all over the house? 2 years 5 months ago #57

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I have these little black bugs over the house, they don't bite so not mosquitos or gnats. Can't seem to get rid of them, been squashing one every 10 mins :/

They seem to hang out around the house plants and dark areas, but are also drawn to light.
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Re: Little black bugs flying all over the house? 2 years 5 months ago #75

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Sounds like aphids? Read up on plantedspace.com/index.php/howto/maintain/item/2-aphid-control, some of those methods are pretty universal.
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Re: Little black bugs flying all over the house? 2 years 4 months ago #241

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They could be fungus gnats if you keep encountering them, flying aphids usually only last a day. Here's one I just squished:





Try yellow stick paper. Also wait for soil to dry, then water with a 1/4 3% H2O2 and 3/4 Water solution.
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Re: Little black bugs flying all over the house? 2 years 4 months ago #244

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Yep probably fungus gnats, a lot of them? They stay near plant areas or shady / wet areas? They love to hang around aquarium tanks too. Yellow sticky paper will draw them like bug zappers and they'll get stuck, but it will not kill the larvae. For that hydrogen peroxide soak works. I always keep a little spray bottle of peroxide handy.
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Re: Little black bugs flying all over the house? 2 years 4 months ago #284

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That's a nice closeup, disgusting looking bug.
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Re: Little black bugs flying all over the house? 2 years 4 months ago #295

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www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/greenhs/htms/fngnatser.htm
Fungus gnats are most damaging to seedlings, cuttings and young plants. As fungus gnat larvae feeding on tender young roots, this feeding injury provides an entryway for pathogens. Larvae also feed on the developing callus of direct stuck cuttings, delaying rooting. Fungus gnats are general feeders. Plants with succulent stems, such as geraniums, sedum, coleus and poinsettias, are especially prone to injury and suffer serious losses. As the young feeder roots and stems are damaged, affected plants wilt. Leaves may turn yellow and drop. In laboratory studies, adult fungus gnats carried spores of Pythium, Botrytis, Verticillium, Fusarium and Thielaviopsis as they moved from plant to plant. Spores have also been found in their droppings. It is unclear how important this disease transmission is in commercial greenhouses.

Had that happen to a few otherwise healthy plants, may not be as harmless as you think :/
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