Pfft I don't think you can avoid it man. You have a sea of fat colas like High Times is on the other line trying to get through. You likely should consider sitting in the corner for a bit and thinking about what you've done 🤔 Shit is outrageous for real.
Hmm as for the gnats, I have limited experience but I am semi-confident my $.02 is worth at least 2 satoshi 😂
My experience is limited with them but only in my tent. I had only 5-10 total my 1st grow and that was in coco. Strangely enough, they seemed to be attracted to the chem cookies that had root issues like nute lock-out but avoided the more healthy and/or resilient/resistant 🤔 white widows.
I hadn't employed any IPM this grow till just days ago. Think I got baby springtails and they were visible on my fabric pots. Like on the inside lip near the soild and sometimes I saw some on outside of pots coming from under the pots. It seems definitely related to moisture and when run-off sits under my pots for 36hr+ I think I am asking for something to come back.
What I did was opened a box of neem seed meal that I bought and didn't return. I put it in a seasoning container and basically very lightly top dressed the perimeter of each pot. Neem is high in nitrogen so makes sense to go quite light in flower with it. I happen to have 35% food grade h202 and diluted that heavily, then added 1 tsp cold-pressed neem oil
to 1 quart or warm water. Put in spray bottle and sprayed the perimeter of inside of pots and also wasn't afraid to spray outside of pots lightly and also the stands and drainage pans under the plants.
I read shit like -> HERE
(meat and taters below) and since had little bugs moving around fast I needed to act STAT. Whelp haven't seen another since so they apparently do not like it. Smells a bit like coffee and dirt to me but I like coffee, and dirt hah
"Neem seeds contain a substance called ‘Azadirachtin
.’ Different insects react to Azadirachtin differently. After coming in contact with Azadirachtin, some insects lose the instinct to feed and cannot eat. At the same time, some cannot lay eggs or reproduce. They cannot survive and grow in both ways, thus gradually reducing the infestation.
The ‘Azadirachtin’ found in neem oil has been known to kill Spider mites, Aphids, Whiteflies, Cabbage worms, Mealybugs, Fungus Gnats, Moths, Nematodes, Scales, Flea Beetles, Squash bugs, Stink Bugs, and Caterpillars. It is also helpful in controlling Japanese beetles, Mosquitoes, Grubs, Slugs, Snails, and Crickets.
It’s believed that more than 400 bug species don’t like neem oil
. So if you have an insect problem in your garden that isn’t on the list above, it won’t hurt to try the neem oil
spray on them to find out!"
I will say this though. I don't believe this will fix your problem if they are fungus gnats. This would only kill anything surface oriented and maybe a bit more but will not get to the "root" of the problem if they are in your medium. If you only combat them with external warfare, they will simply adapt by internally spawning. I really think you should consider Sportys approach as well and if not at least look into diluting hydrogen peroxide
to drown them. If you look close at where they are, you should be able to tell where they are actually coming from. I use to have fungus gnats in my house before ever started growing cause when bought house 3 years ago I went cray and ran out and bought a bunch of houseplants and some home depot soil. Yup, literally infested with fungus gnats and I could not rid them and threw out all the plants. I never tried ANYTHING to get rid of them like I know now but I bring it up because I at least got to know them on an intimate level lol and if you look close you can tell if they are coming from your medium. If they are then my approach will fail if it is all you do. I also have mosquito bit granuals like -> HERE
but I don't know if you consider that chemical or not. I think maybe a combination of neem oil
and h2o2 and get it into the top couple inches of medium, and do that a couple times it would likely knock em out if they are there. One things for sure bro, they don't who they fkin with and it is them vs all of us. We got your back 💪