How to Control how to get rid of ants in the house naturally Fungus Gnats Organically – Small Footprint Family

Late winter and early spring is when most gardeners start how to get rid of ants in the house naturally seedlings indoors and get the gardening season underway. Growing your own garden plants from seed is highly rewarding how to get rid of ants in the house naturally and can allow you to enjoy unique or heirloom species how to get rid of ants in the house naturally that are not found in garden centers.

However, fungus gnats and damping-off can stymie even the most seasoned gardeners and seriously how to get rid of ants in the house naturally affect the success of growing seedlings. But before you spend money on expensive chemicals, the solution to these problems is much safer and cheaper how to get rid of ants in the house naturally than you would expect. Fungus gnats fungus gnats and fruit flies are DIFFERENT

Fungus gnats ( sciaridae spp.) are the most common houseplant pest, and are distinguished from fruit flies ( drosophila spp.) because of their darker color. While fruit flies hang out primarily near fruit, rotten food and funky fridges, you’ll find fungus gnats in wet plant soil, in sewer areas, and in household drains.

Fungus gnat adults are about 1/8-inch long, spindly looking flies with long legs and long, thin antennae. They resemble tiny mosquitoes more than they do common flies. These tiny, black insects seem innocuous enough as they hop all over how to get rid of ants in the house naturally your plants.

But, while the adults rarely cause any problems, the young larvae will feed on the fine root hairs how to get rid of ants in the house naturally of your plants, causing them to lose vigor and develop yellow leaves. They can also tunnel into the base of cuttings or how to get rid of ants in the house naturally plant stems, which can be devastating for succulents, leeks, or onion seedlings in particular.

Fungus gnats search out moist soil in which to lay how to get rid of ants in the house naturally their eggs. The eggs are about 1/100 inch in length and laid in clusters. Larvae are translucent gray to white worms, about 1/4 inch long, with shiny black heads. These insects can infest a crop from wet, algae-covered areas in the garden, from contaminated potting soil or by flying short distances from how to get rid of ants in the house naturally plant to plant.

The easiest way to preventfungus gnats is to water your how to get rid of ants in the house naturally plants properly. Overwatering, which causes your potting mix to remain moist for extended how to get rid of ants in the house naturally periods of time, attracts fungus gnats which seek out a steady supply of how to get rid of ants in the house naturally fungi, algae, and decaying plant matter for their larvae to eat.

Potting mixes containing compost or peat moss seem to be how to get rid of ants in the house naturally particularly affected by fungus gnats and damping off. If the problem is reoccurring for you, think about switching from a peat-based mix to one that only contains perlite or vermiculite.

Because fungus gnats have a quick life cycle, it is important to reduce their numbers by using methods how to get rid of ants in the house naturally that control them both as adults and as larvae. Whether you choose physical controls and/or biological controls, there are a variety of affordable, safe choices for ridding your indoor garden of pesky fungus how to get rid of ants in the house naturally gnats and their plant-killing larvae. Physical controls

Adults lay their eggs in the top 1/4 inch of moist soil. If you dress the top of your soil with a how to get rid of ants in the house naturally 1/4–1/2 inch of sand, it will drain quickly and often confuse the adults into how to get rid of ants in the house naturally thinking the soil is dry. You can use colorful decorator sand and have fun with how to get rid of ants in the house naturally this!

A good trap for both fungus gnats, and especially fruit flies, is to put out baby food jars filled halfway with how to get rid of ants in the house naturally apple cider vinegar or cheap beer with a couple drops how to get rid of ants in the house naturally of dish soap added to break the surface tension. Once you’ve filled the jars, screw on the lids, and poke several holes into them large enough for fungus how to get rid of ants in the house naturally gnats to enter.

Slice raw potatoes into 1-inch by 1-inch by 1/4-inch pieces. Place the slices next to each other on the surface how to get rid of ants in the house naturally of your potting media to attract fungus gnat larvae. Leave the potato slices in place for at least 4 how to get rid of ants in the house naturally hours before looking under them. (be prepared to be grossed out a bit.)

Make your own sticky trap by smearing vaseline or tanglefoot how to get rid of ants in the house naturally on a 4″x6″ piece of bright yellow cardstock, and place the card horizontally just above the surface of how to get rid of ants in the house naturally your potting media, where it will catch the adults as they leap from how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the soil. Set another trap vertically to catch incoming gnats, whiteflies, thrips, and more.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is another effective treatment for fungus how to get rid of ants in the house naturally gnats. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is mineralized fossil dust that is both natural and non-toxic to the environment. Make sure you get food grade diatomaceous earth—not pool grade, which is not pure enough for use around food gardens how to get rid of ants in the house naturally and pets.

DE contains microscopic shards of silica that physically shred any how to get rid of ants in the house naturally insect that walks through them, therefore it will not work in hydroponic gardens. But if you mix some into the top layer of how to get rid of ants in the house naturally infested soil—or better yet, into your potting mix before planting—it will kill any gnat larvae (and adults) that come in contact with it, as if they were crawling through crushed glass.

DE works the same way to kill fleas, bedbugs, slugs and other insects too, so don’t use DE to control fungus gnats in your worm how to get rid of ants in the house naturally bins. (poor worms!) some people eat DE therapeutically to kill intestinal parasites. Where to find food grade diatomaceous earth online. Biological controls

Weak chamomile tea (after it has cooled) is another natural fungicide that is effective in stopping damping how to get rid of ants in the house naturally off, though it does not treat fungus gnats at all. Simply brew a quart of strong tea, let it cool, and add it to your 1-gallon watering can. Add more water to the can until full, and use whenever you water.

Cinnamon powder is a natural fungicide that has been shown how to get rid of ants in the house naturally to be particularly effective against damping-off. It helps control fungus gnats by destroying the fungus that how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the larvae feed on. Only true ceylon cinnamon, or cinnamomum verum, will work.

Simply sprinkle enough cinnamon to form a visible layer across how to get rid of ants in the house naturally the top of your potting media, and repeat every few weeks, if needed. DO NOT use to control fungus gnats in worm bins how to get rid of ants in the house naturally as cinnamon will kill your worms. Where to find true cinnamon powder online.

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