How Can Flies Kill Plants?

How Can Flies Kill Plants?

Flies are irritating and frustrating insects, but they are not a serious threat to your plants. While their feeding habits can have an impact on plant health, they are not a major problem, and there are several biological, cultural, and chemical methods to control their population. If you’ve noticed a large number of flies in your home, you may want to consider these measures.

First of all, you need to control the number of whiteflies on your plant. Fortunately, these insects aren’t difficult to spot. Unlike the other types of flies, whiteflies feed on plant juices and leave behind a sticky substance known as honeydew. To control whiteflies, you can use ladybugs or horticultural oils or soaps. There are also bioinsecticides you can use on your houseplants. Different species require different control methods.

If you can’t keep the flies away, use residual insecticides. The pesticide should be applied to surfaces where flies are likely to land. You should make sure to keep it out of reach of children, pets, and wildlife. Even then, you may need to use it more than once to completely get rid of the flies.

Fungus gnats are another insect that can damage your plants. These flies are tiny and don’t fly very well, so they usually stay close to the plants. Fungus gnats reproduce quickly, which means that they can be in different stages at once. Their larvae look transparent and have black shiny heads. They feed on plant roots and cause wilting and poor growth.