For the past few months I have had ever increasing little black flies
in my home and they appear to be living in/around some of my
houseplants. They are really annoying. Does anyone know what they are
and how I can get rid of them? I'm keen on remedies which are not
going to harm my newborn.
It is possible that you have fruit flies (drosophila melongaster), but
it really makes no difference what species of fly you have as the cure
is the same. If you have a dog, great. If not, find a neighbor who has
one, preferably a male. Obtain an ounce or two of urine from the dog.
How you collect it is your problem, but once you have it, dilute it at a
ratio of one ounce of urine to one pint of water. Put this mixture in a
spray bottle (a used Windex bottle or anything similar will suffice) and
spray a fine mist in all the rooms that have the fly problem. It will
smell a little odd for a few hours, but will eliminate the flies with no
harm to you or your family.
I was reading an article in a scientific journal* about how some ancient
Meso-american cultures used jaguar urine to repel mosquitoes and biting
flies. According to the recipe found, the instructions were pretty much
the same as above - dilute the ingredient in water, and spray a fine
mist around the desired area. I believe they used some modified kind of
blow-dart tube for spraying. Anyway, due to uncertainties in
translation, the researchers still aren't sure whether the mist actually
eliminated the insects or just caused the people in the area to leave.
* American Journal of Archaeobiology, April 2004, "Fifth century pest
management practices of the Pinchuu-Ixtal Basin", Legg, Poulan U. and
Ettiz A. Yo-ke.
:) For the past few months I have had ever increasing little black flies
:) in my home and they appear to be living in/around some of my
:) houseplants. They are really annoying. Does anyone know what they are
:) and how I can get rid of them? I'm keen on remedies which are not
:) going to harm my newborn.
After reading the first response all I can say is ooooo.k....
before you try milking your neighbors dog, you should be able to find lots of
info on the www on what to do non chemically for Fungus Gnats. You can repot
your plants with new potting soil, try not to over water.
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
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