We’re plant enthusiasts – six easy ways to get rid of pesky houseplant flies for good | The Sun

HOUSEPLANTS make a great asset to your home, they can help clean the air and bring in some extra colour.

But they can also attract pesky flies, not something you want hanging around your home.

Luckily, plant enthusiasts at We Thrift have revealed the six easy tricks you can do to get rid of flies.

Fungal gnats often like to make home in potted plant soil and can harm the roots of your plants.

Lint Roll your plants

It might seem like a weird thing to do, but this trick can help remove the bugs and eggs from the plant leaves and kill them.

Nick Drewe at WeThrift said “If you’ve had an infestation of fungus gnats, then its important to rip a new sheet on the sticky roller after cleaning each plant.

"This will prevent any plants that have not yet been infected from coming contaminated with bug eggs.” 


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Add cinnamon to your soil

Cinnamon is a great way to stop the flies setting up camp in your plant pots.

It works like a natural fungicide, which kills the fungus spores in the soil on which the gnats feed – making the soil unfit to live in. 

all you need to do is sprinkle a layer of cinnamon on the surface of the soil.

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Cover them with sand

Flies are attracted to moisture and decaying material so cover the soil with sand to keep reduce the moisture and kill the flies.

"Fungus gnats like to lay their eggs in moist soil, so dry soil discourages this," Nick said.

"It's important to avoid overwatering and to use potting soil designed for indoor plants – which is a less liveable environment for the bugs.” 

Nick said “It’s important to remove any dead leaves or stems from your plant pots, as they become a prime target for fungus gnats to lay their eggs.” 

Put matchsticks in the soil

Another simple solution to getting rid of flies is by sticking several matchsticks into the soil, head down.

check on them and see if the head has dissolved and replace them if they have.

The dissolved matchstick heads gradually start to release phosphorous, magnesium and sulfur into the soil.

This helps the plants grown and gets rid of flies.

Use a peroxide spray

Peroxide is another simple way to kill off any bugs lurking on your plants.

Mix one tablespoon of peroxide with a cup of water and add to a spray bottle and spray the soil and leaves.

The mixture will kill off flies but do no damage to your plants, you can repeat the process weekly until all the flies are gone.

Add orange peel

Flies hate the smell of oranges, so it's a good idea to spray your plants down with a citrus solution to make it an unpleasant environment for flies.

Start by taking the peel from two oranges and placing them into a pan with two tablespoons of soap and two cups of boiling water.

Let the mixture sit for 24 hours and pour into a squirt bottle and spray the solution onto the leaves and soil.

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