Friday, February 15, 2008

Fungal gnats -- as gross as the name suggests

Please do not look down upon me, dear readers, but I have fungl gnats.

Well, I don't have them as in "they are on my person", oh no no no! My houseplants have fungal gnats. After repotting my plants in anticipation of the growing season, I noticed what looked like fruit flies in my room. I tried some plant pest spray that we had around the house but it didn't seem to do much good. Of course my search for a solution lead me to the internet, where I very quickly learned that I (or my seven plants) have fungal gnats and that they are the result of contaminated soil.

So first off I'll like to thank Hornbach, which is the German Home Depot (not like it's just another big hardware store; it really is the Home Depot, same signs and store layout), for selling me contaminated soil. The next order of business will be to buy new soil and repot all my good friends again, which I can't really imagine they will like, since I'm sure there were just getting comfy in this soil. Oh yeah, and then there are the potatoes. In my internet search I also found a number of organic methods of pest control, one of which is to put 1/2 inch potato slices around the base of the plant. The gnats will then either lay their eggs in the potatoes or the little larvae will wiggle in there because they are potato-lovers (I'm not sure which). My job is then to throw the potato slices away each day and put new ones out, thus throwing out their eggs and halting their reproduction, at least in my room. It's a strategy similar to the Tübingen pigeon house (we got another one, so there will be another post soon!).

So that was a nice topic for a blog post . . .

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Liebe Claire...wenns es die sind, die ich auch habe, dann ist es nicht schlimm. Bei mir kommen sie jedes Jahr und keine meiner Pflanzen hat das je gejuckt...übrigens sammel ich jetzt Plastikbecher für nen kleinen Oster-Contest ;) (man darf nicht vorher üben!!!) Sarah

joe said...

Pinche "fungal gnuts" y pinche palomas :D
Na dann mal auf in den Kampf und viel Erfolg dabei Ms. Vermin Exterminator :D

Anonymous said...

Funny!
The Photo of the Week is what you looked like at age 2!
XOX,
Mama

KT said...

Hi darling! Have tried to comment several times on this post but due to Ugandan internet it has proven harder than expected. Third time lucky? Fungal knat post made me feel better. I was convinced I had both worms and lice last week (as it turns out, luckily neither) but your post strangely made me feel better. Would LOVE to chat on phone soon, will send email with #.
big hugs, K

Maria said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about this new pigeon house ...