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I had an issue with them last year and this fixed it:
I did this for a month or so and they went away. (I used this on indoor houseplants. Not sure if it’s ok for things you might eat)
You can also use something called Mosquito Bits by Summit. It is a natural bacteria called BT.
i hear you can use Mosquito Dunks, [link] but those don't look like mosquitos larva...
i always suggest trying diluted neem oil as a spray. it kills a laundry list of bugs/pests and is fine for CPs
Mosquito bits! Pour into your watering can and let sit for many hours then use that water to water your plant. Let the soil dry COMPLETELY, then water again the same way. Depending on your infestation it usually takes a few rounds of this to get rid of them. And the yellow sticky traps help catch the adults like you’re doing. Good luck!
Summit 116-12 Quick Kill Mosquito Bits, 8-Ounce [link]
You could get some mosquito bits. Soak a small amount of bits in water for at least a few hours and water the plant with it, it will kill the eggs.
If you just let the soil dry out and mix up the topsoil to help desiccate the eggs, it could also get rid of the gnats. Using the bits is probably the fastest method though
They’re granules that kill mosquito larvae in ponds and standing water but also kill fungus Gnats. Here’s a link to amazon but you can find it in Lowes or Home Depot if you’re in the US.
You can add mosquito bits to the water to kill the larvae. You only need like 5 bits per liter, but you will need to keep adding it every 7-10 days for it to be effective.
Yes! Here is the Amazon link. I stick them in all my plants where the soil stays moist because that’s what attracts the gnats. I add some more every 3 or 4 weeks. Works great! A few days ago I saw some tiny gnats flying around one of my new plants and stuck some in and watered and they were gone the next day.
This gets rid of the larvae, use sticky traps for the adults
Amazon.co.uk: Garden & Outdoors" [link]
Looks like fungus gnats. They hide eggs in organic material you buy from the store. They won't kill your adult plants, but seedlings are at risk. That said, they can stunt growth. You can get yellow sticky traps to catch adults, and make a "tea" of mosquito bits to kill larva in the soil. You may have to do a few applications of the tea.
So, I had a huge fungus gnat problem in all my plants. It was obnoxious. I tried everything from changing soils, to neem oil, to gravel on top, etc. The only truly natural thing that worked reasonably well was mixing hydrogen peroxide and water in the watering can. Then watering the plants as you normally would. I let the plants dry out for 7-10 days and then watered them with the peroxide mixture. I put my plants in the bath tub and soaked them, like really soaked them. The peroxide will start to bubble and fizz as it hits the soil and will kill the larvae. This worked pretty well for a few weeks, but it isn't perfect.
I then tried this stuff and it worked like a charm. I sprinkled it on top of the soil and then watered the plants. I also put some in the watering can and watered the plants that way. Not 100% natural per se but it worked.
Fungus gnats maybe. They're a common problem in potted plants. There are various ways to get rid of them but I've found the best to be mixing some Mosquito Bits into the soil. It inoculates the soil with a natural bacteria that kill the larvae before they turn into flies.
I am not expert, but I can share what I did.
I bought a product that is normally used to treat outdoor water features/bird baths for mosquitos.
I crumbled them up and either mixed with soil or just laid in top of soil like decorative rocks.
When you water, the ingredients go into the soil where their eggs laid. It kills the eggs and the adults eat the stuff on top and die off.
It took awhile but it definitely worked for me and did not damage my plants.
Edit: product was mosquito bits which are the same as “mosquito dunks” as describe in that article!
A more interesting way I’ve heard of controlling them is carnivorous plants!!!
I’m fighting fruit flies at the moment. No matter how much I clean or traps I make, they’ve found a home somewhere.
Going to try carnivorous plants, because why not!?
Link to some Mostquito bits for other people that are interested. If you search more on Amazon they have bigger containers.
Mosquito dunks in the water. The larvae eat the bacteria and it crystallizes in their gut so they can no longer absorb nutrients. Totally safe for humans, fish, mammals, birds, and frogs. Kills mosquito larvae and fungus gnat larvae.
These are the ones I use, because I can just sprinkle a few kernals into the water. Non-affiliate Amazon link.
Push some mosquito bits into the top part of the soil of your plants. When watered, these pellets are activated and attract fungus gnats and kill them. Don’t be worried when they get moldy—they’re totally safe for the plants. I saw some gnats flying around one of my plants the other day and added the bits to the soil and they disappeared in a day or two.
you probably wouldn't need too deep an ipm. neem oil or azidirachtin spray while in veg every week would be ok. add some crushed up mosquito dunks to your medium to tale care of any soil gnats (you want the stuff with BTi in it [link] )
that would be fine for most indoor grows imo. i have plants in and outdoors and my ipm is a little more rounded, but i only use stuff when i need it, except for caterpillars outside. that's a weekly spray.
I put about a tablespoon of mosquito bits on top and mixed it in. BT is good for fungus gnats and my wifes figs were infected so peroxide isn't a great choice. On top of which I mixed this soil and let it set for 3 weeks just to get the right things going.
That’s what I use and a little goes a long way. So worth the $$. Another thing that helps is I always have a ceiling fan on for air flow. Seems to keep the gnats away too. My house is a jungle and I rarely ever see a gnat! Best of luck :)
I recently started using mosquito bits and they seem to really be working. I would maybe try some sticky traps too if they are really bad.
Have you used these ever? I bought some but I'm not sure whether to sprinkle, or really lay it on.
so this product was recommended to me for the fungus gnat problem I had with growing other plants Mosquito Dunks
>Mosquito Bits are now labeled to control Fungus Gnats in plant beds or pots
>Sprinkled on the soils surface or mixed with potting soil prior to planting will kill fungus gnat larvae
It has 4.3 / 5 stars and 238 reviews
I know it says mosquito, but it works on fungus gnats for sure
I know you're looking for more gentle solutions, but if you ever have to pull out the big guns (I had no choice), I've had success with sprinkling mosquito dunks on the soil surface.
They are extremely common in soil. diatomaceous earth, yellow fly traps, let soil dry out completely before watering. As long as the population is down to only a few you'll be fine throughout the season. If you still need them dead get Mosquito Bits
Honestly the best luck I have had with getting rid of fungus gnats is in using <em>Bacillus thuringiensis</em> subsp. israelensis (BTI) pellets. They're biocontrol (totally natural, if that's your thing) and has a long history of use in USDA-compliant organic agriculture pest management programs.
Of course, my friend Botrytis has come to visit my germinating seeds. If you zoom in and look at the highlighted area you'll see the white mycelium of gray mold (Botrytis) beginning to colonize the organic material in the soil.
I should have expected the problem, but at least I caught it early. I put my 50L dehumidifier in the room with my grow tent, opened the tent door, and ha. This bacteria attacks the soil-borne larvae of the fungus gnat and stops the life cycle. If you've ever had problems with gnats I highly recommend this treatment.
The next annoyance will probably be fungus gnats but I've proactively been applying Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. israelensis. This bacteria attacks the soil-borne larvae of the fungus gnat, killing it, and stoping the life-cycle. If you've ever had problems with gnats I highly recommend this treatment.
A lot of people swear by Mosquito Bits (or Mosquito Dunks) added to their watering can, but I prefer a powder form. I suspect you get more bang for your buck with the powdered product, but it is a little more work to measure it out and add it to the water each time.
Good growing, take care guys.
Yeah but roots cant breathe either. I would suggest you find a different option.
Try this: [link]
I have this product. Basically grains of something that eventually breaks down, that deliver a bacteria (Bacillus Thuringiensis, BT) to the soil. The BT kills mosquito and gnat larvae in the soil.
But I'm soaking the grains in water and disposing of them, rather than leaving them in the soil as the bottle suggests. I've don't think mine were staying wet enough to deliver all of the BT, and have heard they can get moldy when left moist in the soil...
It might be more straightforward to just get something like this, since you're really just after the bacteria that kills the lave.
Easy to use and they work. Kills the eggs and larvae in the soil using natural bacteria.
Decimates the adults.
Maybe something like this stuff: [link]
Sounds like fungus gnats.
Try something like this (or anything with BTI) to kill the gnat larvae in the soil and in your drain:
I bought this off of Amazon. I go by the directions that the top review by Sue states and my fungus gnat bastards are well on their way to eradicated.
When I ordered orchid pots from a store online they gave me some of this stuff for free: Summit 116-12 Quick Kill Mosquito Bits, 8-Ounce [link]
This is the one I purchased and only used a pinch of
I use these mosquito bits, which also control fungus gnat larvae when watered into the soil.
Edit: /u/juanitospeppers posted it first, but I'll leave this, as that link didn't work for me.
Mosquito Bits and Diatomaceous Earth and yellow stickies for a few weeks worked for me.
Sounds like fungus gnats. You can use that dish soap method, but when I had delicate venus fly traps I used mosquito bits which you basically sprinkle in before the next watering.
> I can see you are NOT a scientist working on AI.
If I, or whoever, is the one who succeeds in creating Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) the "scientist" label wouldn't matter. Only actions with regard to "setting it loose" or "failing to contain" it would matter. It only takes one disgruntled smallpox researcher near 1 of the 2 remaining sample to cause major problems. With such self replicating and self determinating things it should be clear that 99% of scientists being honest and credible is not good enough. 100% of people with access must be trustworthy and competent or the self replicating and self determinating thing under study could get out. It has happened in the past with smallpox accidentally.
> Have you ever tried developing software for artificial neural networks?
Yes. I wrote one in C++ (about 10 years ago) and trained it to solve a rubik's in 25 steps or fewer. At the time 24 was the record, I hear now it down even lower.
I am also intuitively familiar with evolutionary algorithms and a few other of the last generation of common "AI" strategies. I have been lax in keeping up with learning and I am eager to pursue research in how "deep learning" is different that simple back-propagating recurrent neural networks.
> One thing is to use an equipment, a very different thing is designing something, not to mention developing new scientific principles.
All of this is beside the point. There are likely many ways to get to a AGI or other human-like AI and someday they will likely be packaged and sold just as mosquito larvae eating microbes. At that point all it will take to "free" some of them is someone with a "kind heart". It is already happening with Watson, the jeopardy standing champion supreme is being sold like any other Software as a Service (SaS).
> You are very condescending about scientific research, probably because you have no idea how it's done.
Sorry I have offended you. This was not intentional, think that might have been a misunderstanding. However, I find your tone and baseless accusations rude. If you would have thought to search my comment history you could have learned what I said about myself in this post and you could have gained insight into how I search and how often I cite peer-reviewed papers. I will continue this discussion only you comport yourself as someone worthy of discussion. If you do not I may take any action I see fit.