05-03-2012 05:11 PM
I'm very fustrated to have bought another large bag of Mirico grow Potting...for my house plants. and now I have little flying nats in my home.... What are the doing to the soil ?? and how do I eliminate this problem.... ?? HELP
05-03-2012 10:44 PM
I found the answer myself... Their called Fungus Gants.... kill them by placing 1/4- 1/2 inch of sand on top of your soil / plants...That should kill the larva and adults infestations...
05-04-2012 01:58 PM
I am sorry to hear about your issues with Miracle Gro Potting soil. Using sand is one way of resolving the situation, providing that you have enough room in your pot to add some soil. Another method which works equally as well is to use a granular pesticide which is actually ground up corn cob that has been impregnated with the chemical.
Spectricide makes one in a small 16 OZ container called Triazicide. Ortho makes one but it is in a 4 LB bag instead and has a Fire Ant label on it. You do not need much, just a sprinkle on top of the soil, like putting salt and pepper on your eggs. The products are water activated and will leach into the soil killing any larva.
The chemical used is a topical and will not be absorbed into the system of the plant. The ground up corn cob will eventually bio-degrade into the soil and disappear. Using the granulars is effective and quick.
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05-11-2012 01:34 PM
Fungus gnats require damp soil to survive. Let the soil dry out more before using the potting soil and if the gnats are in potted plants water less frequently. Stick your finger into the soil up to the first knuckle to check soil moisture. Most plants only need the soil slightly damp. Check moisture level regularly and water when the soil is beginning to feel dry. Do not water on a schedule such as every Saturday. Plants require different amounts of water depending on season of the year, sunlight, temperature, size of pot, and species of plant.