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Old 10-08-2017, 10:14 PM #1
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Beneficial Nematodes vs Mosquito Dunks

Greetings! Having a pretty bad fungus gnat infestation from a bag of infected soil. I've tried letting the soil dry out and yellow sticky traps to no avail.

Haven't used either of the mentioned products so would like to know which you'd recommend. I'm switching into flower in a couple weeks so I need to get on this. Thank ya.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:32 PM #2
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Letting the soil dry is a good start.

Hypoaspis miles and beneficial nemetodes would be a good combo, if it's really bad.
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I use Mosquito Dunks to control fungus gnats. I use a small hammer to smash the dunks in the blister pack. Then I open the back perforated 'hatch' and drop the broken pieces into a small dish. With the hammer handle used as a pestle I crush the chunks into a fine powder. Once the dunks are in a powder form I sprinkle ~1/4 teaspoon over the surface of each 3 gallon pot.

Be patient and kill adult fliers with soap spray. The population will slowly drop. Renew dunk treatment about every 3 weeks.
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I used Dunks right up until I tried Gnatrol.
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I put out some new yellow sticky traps last night to gauge the gnat population and it appears to have reduced significantly. I'm still going to go pick something up at the store today though.
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Mosquito Bits is the better deal.
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Nematodes. They just work. People dont use them much because you have to mail order them as they are alive. You typically just cant go to the store and buy them.

Order them online overnight or two day delivery. They seriously work.
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Got some mosquito dunks to avoid driving far out of town. This shits safe if I break it up and spread in the soil, right? Thinking of returning it and getting the bits.
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I used Dunks right up until I tried Gnatrol.
It's the tactical nuclear weapon of gnat control, isn't it? They're endemic to my grow because they ride in with compost & worm castings. They're easy to control with gnatrol. I hang one of these in the grow as an indicator-

https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Strips-.../dp/B0043GD78O

When I've caught more than a few gnats I mix up 1 tbsp/gal of gnatrol, pour a few cups of solution on the soil in each pot, enough to wet the whole surface pretty well. The instructions say that 3 applications a week apart is best but a single application really hammers the population, beats 'em down to nearly nothing.

They went nuts on me the first time they showed up because I futzed around with dunks & bits. When I stepped up to gnatrol then gnats became just an occasional nuisance. It's pro grade stuff-

https://www.amazon.com/Valent-Gnatro...ywords=gnatrol
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Green,

I used a coffee grinder/hammer combo when I bought Dunks. Standard precautions for fine powder handling. The primary ingredient is cork, but the binder/buff/active would be an eye/inhale irritant. Bits are simpler to apply but the sooner the better, takes awhile to breakdown/kick in.

Jhhnn,

Found the same. I apply at a similar rate every 8-12 wks and haven't had much issue since, short of falling behind in treatment. It isn't available in Canada but eBay solves that.
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