Tiny bugs buzzing around my Croton!

anna_in_michiganOctober 1, 2010

I brought a Croton home from Wal-Mart last week and did not notice until I got it home that there were a few tiny bugs buzzing around it. I killed a few and then dug down into the soil a little bit and did not find any more. I thought I had the problem licked until I found one buzzing around it today. What are these things likely to be and how do I get rid of them?

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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Probably fungus gnats but who knows without a picture.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 4:44PM
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I looked up a little info on fungus gnats, but I don't think that's right. These bugs are small and more like the shape of a flea rather than a mosquito. They're much too small and fast to get a photo of, sorry!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 5:51PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The images of fungus gnat on the web are misleading. They are very small, about the size of a flea (or a small gnat). I, too, suspect that this is what you are observing. Tell us more about their behavior if you still think it not to be true.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2010 at 9:43AM
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You can get rid of the fungus gnat larvae by watering with water and insecticidal soap. It won't get rid of the adults but if you water a few times wioth it there won't be any more adults and what's there will soon die off.

A fungus gnat is the size of a fruit fly--a bit smaller than a blackfly. They all look alike except for size.

You often get them with potted plants(especially those bought in department or similar stores) or in unsterilized soil

    Bookmark   October 2, 2010 at 11:37AM
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