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Old 11-03-2009, 08:44 PM
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Angry !!!!!! fruit flies!!!ewww


i just was repotting on of my dens and i got the flower out and was getting rid of the rest of the potting mix and grabbing it out of the pot when i looked down at the mix and there was hundreds of little white bugs crawling everywhere
i freaked out and ran out side and threw it out but i am pretty sure the little bugs are fruit flys.
My mom replanted her other plant a while ago and the miracle grow had tons of fruit flys coming out of it after
well now they are in my orchids

okay .... well to get the point how do u get rid of fruit flys
from my orchids

please help me !
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:47 PM
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Try Brooke N's cinnamon spray, mix it up and give it a dunk, watch them float to the top.
I think it's 2 cups water, 2 teaspoons cinnamon extract, and ten drops of dish soap.
If you search the forum, you'll find tons of threads about it.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:54 PM
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thank you ... should i soak the mix in this ?
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:13 PM
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If you soak the plant and repot in fresh mix, I wouldn't think there's a need to soak the mix, just keep an eye on it, maybe use a clear pot so you can see inside without having to unpot it. You can purchase them online, or some of us make them out pop botle, water bottles, deli conatiners, etc.
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I'd bet your unwelcome critter is more likely likely Fungus Gnats if they are flying critters Especially since you believe they came from the Miracle Grow mix...that stuff has LOTS of peat and if kept moist it seems to attract fungus gnats like crazy.
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ohh well they are little flying bugs , katrina so the odds are your right
thanks for clearing that up for me


And thank you i will buy some clear ones and keep an eye on them


Does anyone know if putting cinnamon will hurt a house plant ?
I am not sure what the name of it is but it is the plant with the miracle grow and that is where the gnats started.
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I've used it on tomato and herb plants, no harm to the plants
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:07 PM
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ohh okay thank you for all your help
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I am incline to agree with katrina about fungus gnats, when medium does not dry out completely then they thrive - speeking from experence. I have citrus trees outside my greenhouse and shade house and never have seen any fruit flys around any of my orchids. We live and learn, that is what I love about this site, geeks helping geeks - orchid geeks that is.
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So sorry you had to see that I would have responded the same way you did...RUN then ask for help. I'm so happy that folks here knew exactly what to do. I had a small problem with insects and used a solution I ordered online that was all organic and sounds very similar to what oncidiumlover suggested. Good luck!
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dillon935, one of the best ways to learn in this addiction is to ask questions, I have learned more that way than reading books or other material. That is good about Geeks they are always ready to lend a hand and speak their opinions. Get two orchid people together and they will talk for hours, my wife gets on me about that.
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here a trap you can lay for the fruit flies or any fly. First buy a fly attractant hormone you can find in a nursery. DIY shop might sell them. You put them on a sticker paper and lay the trap while tie it to a hook
So the fly will be attracted to the hormone and stick themselves on the sticker and U just need to throw the paper away when enough have paste themselve on the paper. it is definately the most organic way of killing the insect.
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