war on fungus gnats!! (and all natural too!) =)
Alright everyone, I know you know what I'm talking about... the dreadedly annoying fungus gnats (or 'dirt flies' as I used to call them before I figured out what they were). Like most people, when a few of them showed up, I underestimated them considerably and thought nothing of it. Now, they're everywhere and I can't seem to get rid of them. I've used the yellow fly traps, as well as a white powdery thing called "Wilson's Fungus Gnat Killer", which worked for awhile, but I have no idea what it's made of and, frankly, I'm afraid to use it again because of the warnings on the labels. I dehydrated the heck out of them over several months with only minimal "emergency measures" watering, and they still came back.
Anyway, they're back in full force and seem to keep finding new and creative ways to die around the house (some of them are even smooshed against the glass on the inside of a picture frame!?!) =S I've scanned the web and people have had a number of good ideas, with mixed success. So, I'm planning on combining them all into one major all out, winner-take-all cage match assault on them. I'm going to do this without any chemicals that will kill the neighbours pets or make me grow a third arm.
Here is my plan:
1) I will put a layer of sand on the top of the larger pots since the FGs like the top few inches of soil.
2) I will water sparingly
3) The water I use will be infused with peppermint tea (1 bag per litre)
4) The water will be hot (not scalding, but warm enough to kill the larvae and cool enough to not bother the plants)
5) yellow sticky flags to catch the adults
6) a few bowls of sugary water here and there to do the same. For some reason they just love to drown themselves in water. It's amazing they live long enough to reproduce at all.
Anyay, that's my all out, all-natural assault on these really annoying pests. Hopefully, they've swan dived into their last bowl of cereal in this house! =)
Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome. I will keep you posted about what works and what doesn't. Operation Gnat commences in t-minus three days, when I water them next.