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Shilps
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February 27, 2013 - 8:31 am
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I have had an infestation of these small winged creatures on all my plants. One day I saw hundreds of them emerging from a hole at the bottom of my potted bouganvilla. Are these fungus gnats? Do they destory plants? I had the plants sprayed twice but the problem hasn't completely gone away. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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April 24, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Hi, I also have the same problem! loads of these insects swarm up the moment i touch the soil. I have mainly used cocopeat along with a mix of leaf meal and bone meal. These are mainly in pots where i have used this mixture, the pots with ordinary soil dont have the infestation. Are they harmful ?

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Hai,post your pest picture.Thanks.

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cvaidya
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April 29, 2013 - 4:59 pm
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I am also having this problem.

I have noticed these winged insects emerge buzzing from holes in the soil surface when I water the pots. The soil around the holes is caked hard. Plain soil or soil + cocosoil + compost- I have seen this problem in all types.

Hope this can help to identify and give a solution till someone can post a picture

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Chitra

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Sudhir Nair
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April 30, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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I think you are referring to black soldier larvae which normally exists in compost material.I used them in my compost breaks down kitchen material faster.They come out in large numbers when it rains and then they die.Do google for black soldier larvae and reply back if my observation is correct.

Nothing to fear though.

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Sudhir Nair said:

I think you are referring to black soldier larvae which normally exists in compost material.I used them in my compost breaks down kitchen material faster.They come out in large numbers when it rains and then they die.Do google for black soldier larvae and reply back if my observation is correct.

Nothing to fear though.

Hi Sudhir

I've found these fly's enormous in my pots, I use compost nd cocopeat mix...I have two mango plants coming in this mixture d pots, recently I've found some thick green insects (small mustard size) have laid eggs on the back of the tender mango leaves. I'm not sure whether those egg like thinks are either insects or eggs. Have cleared them with my hand once or twice, now i'm not finding such larvae, but scared of their re-occurrence. Do not knw whether they are larvae of black soldier fly???

 

Help me

 

Krishna

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Sudhir Nair
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August 27, 2013 - 5:06 pm
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I dont think so.They nest in cow dung and damp place.Eggs on the back of the tender mango leaves suggests some other type of insects.Red ants usually  form their nest in mango leaves.

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August 27, 2013 - 7:35 pm
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Hi

Is that so,, I found a pot full of red ants with the queen ant as well... I've placed that on terrace in direct sun, but nt many have gone. They have spread to my other plants like capsicum and hibiscus... How do I get rid of them??

 

Krishna 

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Sudhir Nair
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I am sorry I don't know.Because we never got rid of them and have not seen much mango tree growers doing it.However be carefull of their sting.From the pot just fill it with water and throw it in the road.

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Insects on tulsi plant

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These insects are
feeding on my Tulsi plant. I have sprayed boiled neem leaves water + cow urine. But no improvement.
Please suggest what to do.
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