Little flies (also known as fungus gnats) can be a nuisance in outdoor plants. These tiny, black flies are often the result of poor drainage or overwatering, and they can cause significant damage to your plants if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of little flies in your outdoor plants.
Provide Adequate Drainage
The best way to prevent little flies from taking hold in your outdoor plants is to provide adequate drainage. Make sure the soil is not too wet or soggy, and that excess water is able to drain away quickly. If you’re planting in containers, use a potting mix designed for drainage.
Remove Any Standing Water
Standing water is a perfect breeding ground for little flies, so it’s important to remove any standing water near your outdoor plants. If there’s a pond or fountain nearby, make sure it has a pump and filter system that will keep the water moving and prevent breeding. If there are puddles forming near your plants after rainstorms, consider adding gravel or rocks around the base of the plant to help absorb excess moisture.
Remove Affected Plant Parts
If you notice any infested leaves or stems on your outdoor plants, it’s important to remove them as soon as possible. Little flies lay their eggs on damp plant material, so removing affected parts will help reduce the population of adult flies.
Use Insecticidal Soaps or Neem Oil
Insecticidal soaps and neem oil are effective ways to get rid of little flies in your outdoor plants. Both products contain active ingredients that will kill adult and larval stages of the pest without harming beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. Make sure to read and follow all label instructions before using these products.
By providing adequate drainage, removing standing water, removing affected plant parts, and using insecticidal soaps or neem oil when necessary, you can successfully get rid of little flies in your outdoor plants. With these simple steps you can keep these pests from wreaking havoc on your garden.
Little flies can be an annoying problem for gardeners with outdoor plants but there are some simple steps that can be taken to get rid of them. Providing adequate drainage, removing standing water from around the plant area, removing affected plant parts when spotted and using insecticidal soaps or neem oil when necessary will help return balance back into gardens plagued by these tiny pests.