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How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats and Other Flowerpot Pests

Q: Last week you answered a question about removing fungus from houseplant pots before bringing them in for the winter. My plants always seem to have whole armies of crickets, pill bugs, ants, earwigs, or worms. How do I get rid of them? A: I am glad you asked, because I have an update to my answer from last week, but first, let’s talk about your question. I have found lots of insect pests in flowerpots, but it can be worse. Other, larger animals can come indoors hidden in flowerpots, such as frogs, toads, and mice. The easiest way to get rid of most of these pests is to submerge the whole pot in a bucket or tub of water. Leave the pot in the water for 10 to 15 minutes and most of the insects and larger pests will work their way out of the pot. Remove the pot …

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