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I have recently purchased a ZZ plant and after a few weeks noticed several small fly type insects over the pot and plant. Does anyone know what these are? If they are destroying the plant? How to get rid of them? Thanks

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  • Posted: Thu. 22nd May 2008 13:50

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Reply from Cris

Hi there,
Are the flies white or balack or green, tiny or big (like a house fly)? ZZ plants aren't generally associated with flies. I have had one growing in my kitchen for 2 years now and have not ever seen any bugs on it. Maybe there were eggs/larvae in your soil when you purchased your plant. In some plant stores this may happen as many plants of different varieties are stored on shelves closely together. Has any liquid with sugar (juice or coffe with sweetener in it) been poured in the compost without you realizing? This may be attracting flies.
You could get a product that is basically a sticky piece of paper hung on a stick that you place in the soil. This will catch the flies. If the problem persists you may need to change your potting compost.

  • Posted: Fri. 23rd May 2008 14:38