Saturday, December 2, 2017

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 8 - Gnat A Fun Find

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[ Live Stream ]



[ Welcome To Gnat Heaven ]

 

    What are fungus gnats and why  are we talking about them?  Fungus gnats are tiny flying insects that feed on fungus that grows in soil in high moisture areas.  When the gnats are larvae they will feed on your plants roots causing damage to your plants.  The adults life span is about a week and they can lay up to 300 eggs in your soil in that time.  I was able to tell I had an infection when I watered my plants.  I saw them moving around as the water was absorbing into my soil and then spotted a few flying around my grow tent.  Its very important that we catch and react quickly to any sort of unwanted insects in our garden.  The common symptoms of fungus gnats are yellowing, slow or poor quality growth, and wilting.  If you find gnats in your garden follow the steps below as quickly as possible to remove the insects.

[ Pest Removal ]

    Luckily for us killing of our unwanted gnats is a relatively easy task given we catch them early enough.  Personally, I use the following three steps to kill the gnats in my garden.  Another great pest control solution that I decided not to do this time is using hydrogen peroxide to water your plants.  The peroxide kills the larva on contact.  Most people say to do about a 3% peroxide to 97% water but, I personally use about 5%/95%.  I did soak my tomatoes that are still in starter plugs in a 5% peroxide solution to prevent any larva from growing around my starter plugs.
  • Apply a thin layer of Growstone Gnat Nix to the top of your soil.  You can see this treatment applied to my plants in the images below.  This gnat nix kills the gnats as they try to emerge through the soil greatly decreasing the spread of infection.
  • Allow your soil to dry out at least two inches deep before watering again.  Over watering is generally the cause of fungus gnats. 
  • Add sticky traps to our garden if indoors to catch the adults as they grow and begin to fly around our garden

 

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