What Are Soil Gnats?
- On fungus that grows in mulch
- Leaf piles
- Decomposing plant debris
While they can live outdoors, fungus gnats are a much greater nuisance when inside. Because soil stays damp longer in controlled, indoor settings, potted houseplants provide the moisture and decaying plant matter that these pests crave.
Why Are They a Problem?
When they gather in large numbers, adult soil gnats annoy and overwhelm homeowners. However, the pests don't bite and are typically just a nuisance.
How to Control Soil Gnats
Overwatering potted plants is the best way to invite soil gnat problems. To avoid infestations, simply wait for the potting soil to dry completely before watering again.
Insecticides are also available, but without the knowledge required to use them properly, homeowners could easily do more damage than good. The most effective response to soil gnat infestations is contacting the pest experts at Orkin for help.