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How To Cope With Fungus Gnats

By Belinda Norbert

Fungus Gnats are said to be the most common pests seen in houseplants. The length of an adult gnat is around 1/8 of an inch with pointed legs and expanded antennae. These tiny and dark insects seem more like mosquitoes and can be noticed leapingall around the plants. The small maggots eat the small root hairs of plant life which brings about the yellowing of leaves. Proper watering of plants canstop the spreading of gnats.

You dislocate the supply of food for gnats by allowing the soil to dry between watering schedules. In other words, determine plants with wet soil and let the top soil dry fully destroying any larva present. Remove adult gnats around the plants and windows using an ordinary vacuum cleaner. The key is to pinpoint the pests’ sources of food so the necessary remedies can be performed. It is also possible to get rid of gnats with the fly swatter.

However, the assistance of professional pert control technicians may be needed if you are finding it hard to exterminate said insects. Use pesticides carefully since these can be harmful to human beings and domestic pets if not applied correctly. There are electric fly killers that you can purchase. These kill gnats through electrocution. Electric insect traps that discharge UV lights are also among your options.

Physical control methods are also available to homeowners. The use of sand can control the larvae. Adult gnats normally lay eggs on the top portion (1/4 inch) of damp soil. By putting to inch of sand, you can drain fast and make the adult insects think that soil is completely dry. Vinegar can also be effective in trapping fungus gnats as well as fruit flies. Pour apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish detergent in empty infant food jars. Secure the caps and puncture these with several holes big enough for the gnats to go in. The insects will definitely drown by diving into the vinegar solution.

Pour apple cider vinegar with several drops of dish cleaning agent in unfilled infant food jars. Secure the caps and puncture these with several holes large enough for the gnats to go in. The insects will certainly drown by diving into the vinegar solution. Biological remedies can contain hydrogen peroxide and cinnamon which can deal with insect larvae.

Combine three percent of hydrogen peroxide with four portions of water. Let the soil on top of house plants to dry before watering with this mixture. The peroxide will eliminate the gnat maggots. On the other hand, cinnamon powder is an organic fungicide which is proven productive in preventing damping off. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top of the soil.

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