The lesser of two evils - gnat and mite problem
I am trying to keep my first plant alive. I got some impatiens about a month ago and they are in a pot on my porch. Unfortunately I have two issues. The first is the presence of several tiny gnats in and around the soil. I think these are fungus gnats. The second is thin, wispy spider-web looking strands connecting the plants. I think these are spider mites.
So while researching the mites one piece of advice I found was to spray the plant with water, which would wash the mites away. However, the gnats are attracted to water, so doing so seems like it would create more gnats. How do I fix this double edged sword? Any advice is greatly appreciated!