Identifying Fungus Gnats

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Fungus Gnats are the most annoying pest of all. These gnats are not harmful to human, but their larval stage can affect the tender plant roots. The greyish, mosquito like flies has two wings and long legs. They love to hide in damp, moist soil and feed on fungi and root hairs also.

If you notice sudden wilting, poor growth and yellowing in your plants, then it may be the signs of Fungus Gnats. They mostly affect seedlings and young plants. The gnats can multiply rapidly and spread from one plant to the other very fast.

Do you want to get rid of Fungus Gnats? Follow these useful tips –

  • Look at the plants thoroughly for any signs of the gnats. Reject a plant if you find larvae at the base of the plant.
  • Damp soil is the heaven for the Fungus gnats. So avoid overwatering the plants mainly in the winter. Avoid water holding pots that are made of peat moss like materials that help egg laying.
  • Let the soil be dry that kills the larvae and also prevent the females from laying eggs.
  • Use Yellow Sticky Traps to capture egg laying females because they are attracted to yellow colour.
  •  Apply Flying Insect Killer spray on the plants to get rid of the Fungus Gnats. It is a non-toxic mixture of peppermint, cinnamon and sesame oils that are effective against any type of bugs.

Don’t allow the infestation to go out of your hand, take severe measures before it starts to grow.

 

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