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Identify Pest: Fungus Gnat Infestation and Problems with Fungus Gnats


Fungus Gnats as are a common indoor pest, especially if you have house plants. Adult fungus gnats and their larvae thrive in the warm, moist soil in potted plants around your home. Though called fungus gnats, they will eat more than just fungus with a diet that includes algae, decaying plant matter and plant roots, too.

What a Fungus Gnat Looks Like

fungus-gnatAdult fungus gnats look like tiny mosquitoes, but do not bite. They don’t cause diseases or property damage, but they are a nuisance in large numbers. You can find their translucent, worm-like larvae in the top two or three inches of soil around plants. The life of an adult fungus gnat is a short ten days, but it is productive. A female typically lays 200 eggs in her lifetime. It does not take long to have a noticeable problem.

You can reduce your fungus gnat problem by letting the soil around your house plants dry out thoroughly between waterings. Repotting plants every so often in a fresh medium is another preventative we recommend. Keep plants trimmed, removing dead leaves and fallen petals immediately. If you have a major infestation, you may need to discard your plants and pots and start over. Alternatively, your pest control provider can apply the right insecticides to knock out the problem in the right phases of the fungus gnat lifecycle.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Fungus Gnats

Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out fungus gnats–and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knockout punch to your pest problem every time. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!