A swarm of small flies around flowers is not only unpleasant, but also harmful, especially for potted plants. Insects often infect indoor flowers, since they need soil for reproduction: it is in it that pests lay their eggs. But sometimes midges also attack bouquets of cut plants. We will tell you why this happens and how to deal with insects.
Midges can grow in flowers for several reasons:
External factors. Mushroom mosquitoes can appear in an apartment located above a warm, damp basement, or enter the house through ventilation or an open window.
There are several ways to get rid of insects: treat plants with solutions, set mechanical traps, or use specialized means. The choice of control method depends on what kind of flowers you want to cure.
This type of midge control is more suitable for potted flowers. The following types of solutions are used for processing:
This method of fighting insects is the most gentle, therefore it is suitable for treating fresh bouquets.
A trap can be made from any container, on the bottom of which you put ripe fruit, apple cider vinegar or sweet wine, as well as a drop of liquid powder or any detergent. The container is covered with film or foil, and then small holes are made in it and placed next to the bouquet. The midges must get inside and not find a way to get out, so the holes in the lid of the trap must be made very small.
An alternative is fly sticky tape, which you can buy from a store or online. The price of such a tape is not high, and the effectiveness is noticeable: insects stick to it quickly and willingly, and in a day or two they will not remain on the flowers.
Gnats can be repelled with insect sprays, mosquito and fly fumigators, and systemic insecticides available at flower shops. Aerosols should be especially carefully applied to flower shelves and window sills, and fumigators should also be installed as close as possible to the place where the infected plants are located.
It is better to choose insecticide preparations after establishing the type of pest that has affected the flowers. You can use common poisons, but this way the likelihood of getting rid of insects after a single treatment is reduced. Suitable dichlorvos (and other substances with a particle “phos” in the name: for example, Karbofos), Aktara, Fitoverm. Use these products strictly in accordance with the instructions and remember that they can be toxic not only to pests, but also to humans.
To keep home flowers healthy, follow the rules for caring for them: do not allow moisture to stagnate in the soil, calcine the soil collected in the air well, or rather buy ready-made in stores; regularly ventilate the premises and treat flowers with solutions against pests in time. To avoid the appearance of midges in bouquets, do not forget to change the water in the vase and order flower delivery only in trusted stores – for example, in STUDIO Flores. We work with plants grown in reliable nurseries, so we guarantee the quality of every bouquet sold.