little black flying bugs

teesaz(9bAZ)April 14, 2008

I live in Phoenix, and noticed these little black winged bug/gnat like things on my plant and on the plant there seems to be little black dots around some of the stems. I am a novice and this is the first thing I ever planted. I heard I can use a diluted mix of soap with water and spray it on the plant, but I have no idea the ratio. I also saw a spider like clear bug on the bottom leaf and took the hose and gently gave the plant a gentle spray all over. Does anyone know what I can use to get rid of these bugs? I am just starting to get little tomatoes coming in. Should I get a pot of marigolds to put near the plants?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

They could be either fungus gnats or black aphids - neither will do much if any harm to the plants and can usually be controlled with just water spray just as you did.

The mix for soapy water spray is 1T of liquid soap to 1 gallon of water and shake well. But it can be harmful to the plant if not used correctly: only lightly mist the bugs and not the whole plant, do NOT drench the leaves, and do NOT spray in the direct sun or the heat of the day.

Hope this helps.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 1:24PM
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geno-gardner(9)

I got those little fling gnats or flies to all over my new tomatoe plants too. I thought they might be a type of flying aphid. Not to sure but have seen something similar on my roses and sprayed very dilute all purpose insect spray and got rid of them.
gene

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 5:08PM
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