Got houseplants? Chances are you’ve got fungus gnats too. These teeny bugs are only about 1/16th of an inch long and often are seen flitting around near houseplants or in rooms where you have lots of greenery. Are they harming your plants? And how can you get rid of fungus gnats, anyway?
First, know that you’re not alone in your struggle to deal with these soil-dwelling pests. But fungus gnats are not as big of a problem as they might seem: “They’re not harmful to people or pets, but they are annoying,” says entomologist Michael Skvarla, PhD, assistant research professor of arthropod identification, Penn State University. “As their name indicates, they feed on fungus in houseplant pots, especially plants that stay moist.”
Here’s what else you should know about your uninvited houseguests: