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Fungus Gnats

Adults are grayish black, tiny mosquito-like flies with long legs and one pair of clear wings. They are not strong fliers and emerge from potted plants, especially from over-watered soil. They can carry pathogens and viruses from plant to plant. Reproduce quickly and prefer very humid conditions. Over time, fungus gnat infestations will stunt plant growth as well as lead to wilting branches, spotted leaves, even death.

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Fungus Gnats prefer to lay their eggs in damp soil. If pests are present, allow the soil to dry for a few days between waterings. Covering your solid with sand, biochar or with a removable cover between feedings could also stop the Gnats life cycle.

• Yellow Flytraps are useful when catching adult Fungus Gnats. This method will prevent them from travelling from plant to plant and will eliminate the population.
• Beneficial mites that will tackle the eggs and the larvae called: "Stratiolaelaps scimitus". These mites are also beneficial for other bugs such as thrips, aphids, and spider mites.
• Diatomaceous earth
• Additional airflow over soil

* Affected leaves usually do not recover from damage even after correcting the problem.*