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Old 03-19-2012, 07:47 AM
 
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Maybe a sauce with a dab of honey would catch them? Just a guess based on that old saying "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar." You figure it must have become a saying for a reason.
LOL yea - but these flies LIKE vinagar!
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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It's weird as there are not many of them. On that long table running along the window I have one peace lily, two begonias and two violets.

I am not sure how the flies got there in the first place - but there are very few of them. I only see one or two flying around here and there.

I suspect they may have started because of some stupid thing I did soon after I bought the flowers, which I saw on the net. This guy recommended to drop a banana peel into the pot of the peace lily because supposedly these plants like potassium and they will bloom like crazy.
What an idiot I was.

I only left it there for 2-3 days when it dawned on me that ripe fruit will attract flies. I took the banana peel out of the pot right away but the flies were already there.

Now I am not sure whether they appeared because of the banana peel or simply they were attracted to the slightly damp soil (I did water all of them from the top at first).
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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It's weird as there are not many of them. On that long table running along the window I have one peace lily, two begonias and two violets.

I am not sure how the flies got there in the first place - but there are very few of them. I only see one or two flying around here and there.

I suspect they may have started because of some stupid thing I did soon after I bought the flowers, which I saw on the net. This guy recommended to drop a banana peel into the pot of the peace lily because supposedly these plants like potassium and they will bloom like crazy.
What an idiot I was.

I only left it there for 2-3 days when it dawned on me that ripe fruit will attract flies. I took the banana peel out of the pot right away but the flies were already there.

Now I am not sure whether they appeared because of the banana peel or simply they were attracted to the slightly damp soil (I did water all of them from the top at first).
LOL yup - that did it. Put the vinagar next to the peace lily first!
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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Question Curious

I am curious about one thing. I have several African Violets that have small white bugs on top of the leaves. In this thread and other places, usually the bugs are described as being on the underside of the leaves. Would this change the diagnosis of which sort of bug I have? There do not seem to be any on the underside. I also have seen a few tiny flies in the area of my plants but am not sure they are related. Only one plant has any disfiguration and that is on the top, around the point where the stems meet the soil. I own around 10 African Violet plants and I would hate to lose them to this bug, whatever it is.

Thank you for your help!
sunadcor
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