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28/01/2014 at 09:23

I have a beautiful Parlour Palm in my conservatory and over the last couple of months there have been masses of small flies coming out of the soil.  I have resorted to even spraying the plant and soil with Raid but still the flies keep hatching.  What can I do to get rid of these pests please?

28/01/2014 at 09:46

You need to let the top of the soil dry out and only water from below. Yellow sticky fly paper will catch them

28/01/2014 at 09:49

Yes, they'll be compost flies - annoying little chaps - covering the top of the compost with grit or little clay spheres sometimes helps prevent them.  As Fleurisa says, keep the compost drier on the top 

28/01/2014 at 18:09

Take the Palm into the garden and give a vigorous spray of water to the leaves, You may need to repeat this but it will work. In my Tropical plant days I did this with citrus fruit plants which often are invaded by compost beasties in winter.




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