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  • Predatory insects for control of Fungus Gnats and other pests

    Predatory insect control for Fungus Gnats.

    http://www.insectary.com/portfolio-i...ats-stratio-s/

    https://greenmethods.com/stratiolaelaps/

    They also have controls for Nematodes.
    Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a

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    a couple of carnivorous plants and a couple baby jumping spiders eliminated all traces fungus gnats in my rooting cuttings.
    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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    • smatthew
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      baby jumping spiders sounds worse than fungus gnats!

    • COGardener
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      Why is that? They are harmless, devour the gnat and are amazing to watch. Certainly one of nature's most amazing spiders.

      Oh, and super cute to boot!!

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    Spiders are the good guys!!!
    Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a

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    • #4
      That is for sure Charles!
      Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

      “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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      • #5
        I get the jumping spiders naturally when I put my cuttings outside in the Spring. I've seen them around, but I've never seen them "in action." However, I'm sure my wife wouldn't appreciate me introducing them intentionally inside ;-)
        Jim -- Central NJ, Zone 6b

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        • #6
          I've got them in my garage greenhouse also, cheap effective pest control.

          if you ever have time, just chill and watch them. They are fantastic, i bet there is plenty of videos on line as well.

          Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

          “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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          • cis4elk
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            I love the jumpers too. We seem to have alot of them around here huh? They are the only spider that I rescue when I find them in the house. The rest get the racket zapper, ooh I just remebered that I got a Bug-a-salt for Christmas!

          • COGardener
            COGardener commented
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            We do seem have a lot of species of jumping spider here. The more the better I say.

            We also have a good number other spiders, including black widows. They don't bother me so I don't bother them mostly. Sometime I evict them from their home a put them where I want them. Let them earn their keep .

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          Anybody tried these cut in strips :
          http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/.../1830.abstract

          Lay them around on top of the soil, seems to help
          USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: De la Roca, Lampeira Prush, Raspberry Tart, Boysenberry Blush

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          • #8
            I had a gnat outbreak in the greenhouse this weekend, a sticky trap and some "good" or "safe" predatory nematodes seem to have done the trick, not a gnat in sight today. I bought some diamatecious earth (sorry for spelling) and used a bit on one pot but not really necessary.
            Rafael
            Zone 7b, Queens, New York

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            • #9
              I've got a problem with them this year for the first time.....thanks for the ideas...."bounce matts" and sticky traps in close proximity...

              I see gnats bouncing on trampolines into sticky traps....in about 5 minutes
              Ross B. Santa Rosa Calif zone 9b, wish list: CdD Blanc, Igo, Palmata, Sucrette, Morroco, Galicia Negra

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              • #10
                Predatory nematodes are my friend. Gnatrol is some good stuff too, between the two fungus gnats have it pretty rough around here anymore.
                Calvin, Wish list is to finish working on the new house, someday.
                Bored? Grab a rake, paint roller, or a cordless drill and come over!

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                • #11
                  These pics are from July 2014. I actually did not see the spider at first. He blends in almost perfectly with the fabric containers I use. I saw the wasp move and jumped a bit, but then noticed he didn't really look alive either. The spider carried the wasp up the side of the container onto the top of the growing mix. Eventually I left him alone so he could enjoy his meal.

                  Viva la jumping spider!
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                  Littleton, CO (zone 5b) - In Containers
                  N.E. of Austin, TX (zone 8b)- In Ground.

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                  • Darkman
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                    SWEET!!!

                • #12
                  Great pics! !! I always watch and then think to my self. .. dang!!!! I should have taken some pics.
                  Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                  “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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