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« on: August 21, 2008 05:34:54 AM »

My friend gave me a spider plant offshoot which I let grow roots and planted.
Its slowly growing, but now I've noticed that there are these small flies [around the size of fruit flies, maybe smaller] that have taken a liking to the plant and the surrounding dirt. I'm not sure if this is a good thing. I thought I'd ask here.

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2008 02:44:27 PM »

My Mom always had spider plants and from what I remember those bugs just sort of hung around everything in the kitchen that was plant or fruit related. I don't think it's anything to worry about.

« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008 05:01:41 AM »

If the bugs are not irritating you, don't worry about them. If they become too many and too boring you can treat the plant with some insect killer or lemon acid if you prefer to be organic
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008 08:31:38 PM »

Pests snacking on your plant can drain your plant's energy, affecting its growth.

If they're dark, they're probably fungus gnats. Let the surface of the soil dry out thoroughly between waterings and that should take care of them.

If they're white, they could be whiteflies. Spray the plant with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water weekly for three or four weeks, or rub the leaves, top and bottom, with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.

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