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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Aug 8, 2013 1:41 PM CST
fungus gnats??? at least I'm pretty sure that's what they are. Look like baby flies. One fenced area of my patio is covered with magnolia leaves. Next to impossible to keep it cleaned out. With all the rain we've had the leaves stay wet and I'm sure quite moldy under them. I leave the glass door open for the dogs when the AC isn't running, plus Dixie opens it whenever she wants out and I'm not handy. Glare For the past week or two I have seen bunches in the house...especially at night. Bathroom mirror was COVERED last night when I went to bed. They are annoying and scare the crud out of Bear...silly dog. He's a lap full after dark Hilarious! Hilarious! I know I need to clean out the leaves...but short of constant spraying, any ideas on controlling them?? Guess I could hang fly tape as long as it didn't get hung up on the door. I'd buy a bug zapper, but it would probably give Bear a heart attack Whistling
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OldGardener
Aug 8, 2013 3:38 PM CST

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Yellow sticky traps can be helpful. Also, if you can find a source, there is a parasitic nematode, Steinernema feltiae, that targets the gnat larvae. It enters the larvae through body openings (mouth, breathing pores, anus) and emits a bacterium that ingests the "stuffins". The larvae usually die off within 3 days or so. I'm also aware that there are granules that many people sprinkle to control outbreaks but I am not sure if your Bear could get into those?
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purpleinopp
Aug 16, 2013 6:32 AM CST
This sounds more like fruit flies than fungus gnats. FG's wouldn't hang around a mirror but fruit flies would. Possibly even drain flies. I share your frustration about all of this rain!!!!
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Aug 16, 2013 10:35 AM CST
What's a drain fly??
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plantladylin
Aug 22, 2013 9:39 AM CST
Probably the Drain Flies/Moth Flies: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef615.asp
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Aug 23, 2013 12:50 PM CST
interesting
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