Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New Mexico > Albuquerque
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-17-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: AZ
79 posts, read 344,843 times
Reputation: 75

Advertisements

Hi all, we've been experiencing tiny flying bugs in our house on and off for several months now. I think they are gnats or fruit flies. We keep a VERY clean house, and take out the trash regularly. (BTW, the trash can is outside the house, not in the garage).

We don't know where these bugs keep coming from! It seems that we'll have 5-10 of them in the house, and we'll eventually kill them. Then a few weeks later we have another group of tiny visitors! We keep bananas and apples in the house, but started putting them in the fridge about 2 months ago.

Any ideas of why we're getting these bugs????
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-17-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
5,013 posts, read 7,401,352 times
Reputation: 8639
Gnats will lay eggs in the dirt of your house plants. Do you have house plants? That's usually where our gnats come from. Especially if you had outdoor potted plants and then brought them inside in the colder weather. You can treat the soil in various ways to prevent them from multiplying. Try a garden store.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-18-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: AZ
79 posts, read 344,843 times
Reputation: 75
thanks Aries63! We only have one "real" houseplant, and it's always been an indoor plant.... but we'll check on some insect killer for it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-18-2010, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Marlborough, MA
1,732 posts, read 4,448,940 times
Reputation: 826
Try soapy water or neem oil before you use harsh chemicals. Neem oil is nice on houseplants because it makes the leaves shiny.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-18-2010, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
77,771 posts, read 104,672,365 times
Reputation: 49248
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul91 View Post
Hi all, we've been experiencing tiny flying bugs in our house on and off for several months now. I think they are gnats or fruit flies. We keep a VERY clean house, and take out the trash regularly. (BTW, the trash can is outside the house, not in the garage).

We don't know where these bugs keep coming from! It seems that we'll have 5-10 of them in the house, and we'll eventually kill them. Then a few weeks later we have another group of tiny visitors! We keep bananas and apples in the house, but started putting them in the fridge about 2 months ago.

Any ideas of why we're getting these bugs????
you are right, they are probably gnats. We have them here as well, but as soon as we got our first frost they were gone. Yes, even the fruit we normally would keep on the counter has to be put someplace. This year seemed to be much worse than others.

Nita
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-18-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
5,013 posts, read 7,401,352 times
Reputation: 8639
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul91 View Post
thanks Aries63! We only have one "real" houseplant, and it's always been an indoor plant.... but we'll check on some insect killer for it.
We have lots of houseplants, I've gotten good at catching gnats. It's entertainment. Hang out for a minute by your houseplant and see if you notice activity there. If there is, then the plant is probably the breeding ground. I've tried spraying solutions which seem to work for a while but then the gnats come back. But with only one plant you shouldn't have too much trouble.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: AZ
79 posts, read 344,843 times
Reputation: 75
thanks for the tips, everyone! Hopefully the little flying irritants will be gone soon.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Hudson County, NJ
1,489 posts, read 3,087,599 times
Reputation: 1193
could be sewer flys. do they have a slightly fuzzy looking body.

Gnats are probably more so the case, but if you have any cracked sewer lines or any traps that arent holding water, they can fly in. Again likely not hte case if you use all the water lines in your house.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
3,336 posts, read 6,939,563 times
Reputation: 2084
those sound like fungus gnats in houseplants
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:32 AM
 
277 posts, read 682,116 times
Reputation: 131
This is going to sound really gross, but I remember a long time ago somewhere else where I lived... we had TONS of them that we could not get rid of. We could not figure out where they were coming from since there was no concentrated area of them - living room, bathroom, all the same. It was awful and it went on for a month or two. We finally pinpointed the problem to a toilet plunger that had, um, stuff still stuck up in it. Eeeww. nowitsshowtime's post about sewer flies could be possible - check the bathroom.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:



Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New Mexico > Albuquerque
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top