I have a question about getting rid of fungus gnats. I am growing indoors using a living organic soil mix. My plants are healthy at day 9, but I notice a few 1 or 2 fungus gnats flying around and I want to control them asap. If I water my plants with a 1 to 4 part mix of hydrogen peroxide, will it kill off the larva in the soil, and will it remove the beneficial bacteria from my soil as well? And is it safe for my seedlings? Lol. I’m a nube so forgive me.
First hrow, healthy 9 day old blueberry autoflower seedlings in organic living soil mix. FUNGUS GNATS!
Diatomaceous earth. It is recommended and as close to “organic” without any pesticides. I have no clue about hydrogen peroxide use, I guess, dont. I’m not the go to guy for an exact solution and I have, or had the same problem. Yellowish flytrap strips work at catching the flying ones… I made a powder bottle out of an old flip top spice bottle. Squeeze it on the dirt lightly. One side effect is it can build up and watering will cause it to need to be reapplied because it will wash it away. I’m still waiting for my first treatment to show results. The last of the larva should be gone by harvest in a few weeks. The fly traps are covered with them, I got hundreds an haven’t had them up for a week.
I put down a layer of diatomaceous earth and let it sit there dry for like 55 hours. When I went in to water my plants yesterday, I only saw 1 fly stuck to the yellow cards. I ordered some nematodes from amazon, hopefully they show up alive and once my plants are a bit bigger, I’m going to top the soil with silica sand. I was watering to often, not letting the top inch of soil dry out before I watered again. Lesson learned, so I hope better watering practices,the DE, and the sand will eradicate these punks. Thank you for your reply.
I used plain old sand. About 1/2" on top of the soil worked for me. Need to make sure of full coverage around edges etc. Babys hatch and cant make it up through the sand. Its breaks the cycle.
Mosquito Bits works great for fungus gnats, sprinkle on top of soil and water, will kill the gnat larvae in the soil, breaking their life cycle. Can also use the DE mentioned above to help eradicate the soil crawlers and some yellow sticky traps for the flyers.
Fly tape is what I keep in my tent and the beginning of the grow I put some beneficial nematodes (microscopic) in the soil as we were having a plague of cutworm moths and I kept finding them in the tent. My bad, when I opened it they flew in and were hard to see/know there at times. I wonder if the nematodes would take care of the gnats? I used to think fly tape was a bit low class, mainly because I grew up low class and fly tape was a big deal, that and ALL of us were armed with fly swatters. But it is worth the $3.00 for a four pack.
I read that those yellow cards work more than fly tape because the fungus gnats ate apparently attracted to the color yellow.
It’s TRUE. I got a 30 pack of larger double sided yellow sticky traps off amazon for under 10 bucks. I cut them into quarters and stick a popsicle stick to one side and plant it in the pot. Any strays dont live long. I followed up with those after the sand stopped 99%. I had an infestation lol.
If I have a fresh dry layer of diatomaceous earth on the top of my soil. How do I apply beneficial nematodes? If I just pour it through the DE wont they be killed the same way the fungus gnat larvae get killed?
H2o2 will kill off beneficial bacteria, fungi, delicate root hairs, and possibly the fungus gnats.
BTi, the stuff in mosquito bits or available on eBay in a pure form, will work very well and not harm beneficials.
These beneficial nematodes are also supposed to do the trick without damage. I haven’t used them, but I trust the reviews.