My wife had most of her house plants set outside in the patio for most of the summer. She brought all of the plants into our house last week (we sprayed them with an organic bug spray prior to bringing the plants into the house). Within a couple of days we noticed “Small Fly Looking” bugs all over our house. What can we do to get rid of these bugs? Thank you.
In fact we’re currently getting many inquiries on this exact problem. During the summer, house plants set outside will attract a wide range of pests. Some will land for a short while and then leave. Others will use the plants for food or reproduction and this activity can go unnoticed by the untrained eye.
Once brought back inside the home, the developing pupae will hatch and the adult stage will be looking for a mate. Once impregnated, females will look for a good place to lay eggs and that’s when the problem can get established in the home.
In general they might continue to target your plants for nesting and egg laying. But many times they’ll find other locations too. Common areas they may use include sinks, drain lines, toilets, compost bins, garbage tubs, kitty litter and even ice makers. The species we see doing this include THRIPS, NOSEEUMS, FUNGUS FLIES, GNATS, MIDGES, PHORID FLIES, MOSQUITOES and MILLER MOTHS.
To get rid of the problem, you’ll have to treat the plants with a good residual. But since this pest is flying around, a space spray will be required to insure they don’t get established in other parts of the home.
For the plants, mix 1 oz of BIFEN per gallon of water and spray them once a week for 3-4 weeks. This will kill off developing stages and after a few weeks, end the problem on the plants.
For the rest of the home, space spraying with PT-565 twice a day will usually kill the adults flying around. This treatment is important and should be done at least twice a day, everyday, for 2-3 weeks. It only takes a few seconds to treat the average room and the 565 can be applied safely where people and pets are active.
Now if you want something more automatic, install AEROSOL MACHINES with METERED INSECTICIDE. Basically this is the same material as the 565. But instead of having to manually do the treatments all the time, the machine will do the application for you. These machines are set to disperse a small 1 second blast of product every 15 minutes which insures you’ll have enough material in the air continuously all day long. Install one machine for every 400 sq/ft of area and keep them running for 30-60 days. One can of Metered Insecticide will last 30 days so expect to use 2 can’s per machine to get control of the problem. For many people the machines are the way to go. They don’t make mistakes or miss a treatment; basically they do the job for you.
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