Fungus Gnats Like It Spicy!
Well, it is fungus gnat hatching time again and this indoor gardener is at war again for the second year. I will flag the time of year in my calendar so I get a head start next year.
I had changed my purchased organic potting soil brand and my method for starting and nurturing seedlings. (At this point I have only 3 seedlings left.)
Both hatching years they seem to be launched from my largest pot that was not over watered. I did notice small flying insects buzzing my windows and doors plus flying into my face outside. I don't know if any overwintered in other plants or were sourced through open doors; I suppose it is possible that there were some eggs on purchased fruits or vegetables.
Last year the gnats emerged from and destroyed my onion plants. This year they are coming from my just established ginger plant -- so far the plant is alive and the precautionary sticky trap caught a lot of them. Seems like the buggers like spicy food.
Last year I lost several plants through the stress of fungus gnat treatment. I hope to do better this year.
Sticky traps are worth the nuisance IF you can keep plant leaves and cat parts from sticking to them. I have been using a small number of them since last year. Right now, I have very many of them in every plant location in my house. I hope I noticed the first trap right after the bugs launched.
The fungus gnats appear to take flight at night: I put new sticky traps in the ginger late yesterday afternoon and the trap was well populated this morning.
Note that the gnats are drawn to computer screens and grow lights. I have great hopes for the huge sticky trap located with my grow light and seedlings.
I will be watering all plants except orchids with Bt treated water until things are under control again (if that ever happens in the gardening world.)
My calendar already has a reminder for next year and I will start water treatments then.
And I am doing indoor gardening because I have yet to get a good plan to protect from the outside pests...
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