How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes GOOD: Why This Unlikely Pantry Is The Key To Banishing Pesky Black Flies From Your Houseplants
- A Plant Lover Has Revealed How Cinnamon Removes Mosquitoes From Plants
- Brad Canning sprinkled a generous amount of the spice over the dirt
- Cinnamon is said to kill the fungus the larvae feed on
- He also suggested placing a potted plant directly in a bowl of water
- The plants absorb the exact amount of water they need without soaking the soil
- Method is called ‘bottom watering’, where plants are watered from bottom to top
A plant enthusiast has revealed why sprinkling cinnamon around your indoor houseplants can get rid of pesky fungus gnats.
Graphic designer Brad Canning, 29, from Melbourne, shared a TikTok video show how he sprinkled a small amount of the herb over the earth.
The cinnamon method works because it acts as a natural fungicide and is said to effectively kill the fungal spores in the soil the larvae feed on.
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A plant lover shared a TikTok video showing how he sprinkled a small amount of cinnamon on the soil
Graphic designer Brad Canning (pictured) has revealed that cinnamon is one of the secrets to getting rid of pesky fungus gnats on indoor houseplants
What is soil watering?
Soil irrigation is a method of watering plants from below.
The method is said to make roots stronger as they grow toward the moisture.
By placing a pot in a container of water, the plants absorb exactly the amount of water they need without getting the soil wet.
The method also helps prevent pesky mosquitoes and overwatering.
Watering from the bottom keeps the surface of the soil drier, which can prevent mosquitoes.
‘Maybe you’re watering your plants all wrong. And here’s why. So fungus gnats are those little flies that fly around your plant. They are attracted to moist soil,” Brad explains in the video.
‘So the first solution is to let your plants dry out more… To break the circle, you can also use cinnamon. So basically this just kills the fungus, which fungus gnats want to eat.
Sprinkle it around the top of your plant and that’s it. It’s safe, it smells good and it works.’
Brad said if you don’t remove the mosquitoes, the flies can continue to lay eggs underground.
‘You have to stop the cycle or they will lay thousands of eggs. They are attracted to moist soil,’ he explains.
If the cinnamon trick doesn’t work, he said another easy way to control fungus gnats and their larvae is to cover the soil with rocks.
You can also water your plants from the bottom up instead of the top.
The simple method is called “bottom watering,” which is said to water the plants more evenly and make the roots stronger as they grow toward the moisture.
The plants absorb the exact amount of water they need without drenching the soil, and many suggest the method helps prevent pesky mosquitoes and overwatering.
Cinnamon is said to kill the fungus the larvae feed on
Brad said another trick is to water your plants from the bottom up instead of the top. The plants absorb the exact amount of water they need without drenching the soil, and many suggest the method helps prevent pesky mosquitoes and overwatering.
‘Watering at the bottom. Have you ever heard of it? It’s when you take your plants, submerge them in water and water them from the bottom up,” Brad said in the video.
“Yeah, it sounds weird, but it really is a thing. It’s pretty simple – you just grab a bowl of water and put your plant in it. Make sure it is not high enough so that it blends into the top of the plant.
“So there are a few different reasons why you would do this. Some plants do not like water on the leaves. By watering the plants from the bottom, they really only absorb what they need and all the water is absorbed and gets into every nook and cranny.’
He suggested leaving the plant in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes.
“Generally you want to be able to feel the water at the top of the soil, so sometimes it can take a little longer, but it starts at 10 minutes,” he said.
“They will get root rot if overwatered, so only put them in the water until you feel the water close to the top of the soil.”
Brad — who has 60 plants throughout his house — said he doesn’t water all of his soil greens because it’s quite time-consuming.
“I don’t normally do this because it takes me a while to get through all my plants,” he said.