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Darned, Flipping Gnats!

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    Default Darned, Flipping Gnats!

    Just killed one on my laptop upstairs! Way far from orchids! Best measure to deal w/ them is?

    Physan, Physan, Physan?

    Bug strips from HD? (I can't recall who recommended this?)

    Or Some sort of nepanthes/sarracenia plant to just eat the darned things!? Here are a couple links....
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...57345&tc=photo

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...87834&tc=photo

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    I have never tried the yellow strips but many say those things really work. Get one of those carnivorous plants that you saw on ebay. I heard sundews are the best.

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    Going to look for a sundew today. I'm pretty sure the nursery where I am going for the grow light has some carniverous plants. Gnats...watch out!

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    Are these springtails? The tiny white things that jump everywhere?

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    I prefer Pinguicula – i.e., Butterworts.

    Here's a pic of one of mine; in bloom, no less.

    http://community.webshots.com/photo/...30617024kwOoUn

    Sundews would probably be great too, but I don't know if they kill in quite as much volume as the Pings.

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    I got a sundew (which is covered w/ dead and dying insects. Kinda gross really! And got a pitcher plant cause I like those. They were small and healthy and not expensive. Die nasty gnats! (oh, yeah they are gnats - they fly around rather than spring.)

    Oh, that's very pretty Sue!

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    Sue,

    Your Ping is beautiful especially the flower.

    Heather, post a pic of your sundwe and pitcher plants, I would love to see them. No, I never buy orchids, especially Paphs and Phrags from a non orchid nursery, never, never, never!!

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    Oh, I just realized that by saying "flipping" one might have thought the actual bugs were flipping around. Actually, I was the one "flipping" mad.

    Sorry for any confusion!
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    Someone said mosquito dunks work on gnats....break up one and dissolve in the water you use for orchids. I haven't tried it yet...but plan on it ,especially when it's cooler...that's when I see the most.

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    Fly-swatter?





    (Ok, not really.)

    I've never tried the mosquito dunks, but it sounds like a good idea, and the NoPest strips seem to work for people too.

    And I think carnivorous plants are some of the neatest things around, but I don't know how much I'd rely on them to take care of a gnat problem. Seems a little too passive to me, especially when you're dealing with things that can fungus up your plants (especially seedlings) in a big bad way.

    Hmmm.....

    DDT maybe?



    (Ok, not really.....)

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