How to Combat Those Little Flying Bugs - GNATS!
|Not a Fungus Gnat-Just One of My Plants|
- Fungus gnats are small flies, about 1/8" long, black or dark colored. Adult females may lay up to a few hundred eggs in a 7-10 day period. And they will lay them in the moist topsoil of your indoor plants, if they get a chance.
- Fungus gnat eggs hatch in about six days, producing small, white maggots.
- Larvae will grow to about 1/4" in two weeks and then form pupae.
- Then adults will emerge from plant media in a week or less. And the cycle begins again!
- Place slightly moist potting mix in an oven proof tray. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes in a 200 degree oven. Turn on the fan! Remove and allow to cool before using.
- During the hot summer months, you can sterilize using the energy from the sun. Dampen soil and place in black plastic pot. Cover any drainage holes with plastic first. Set in the sun and cover with a sheet of clear plastic.This will adequately heat the soil and it should be ready to use in about a week. Saves electricity too!