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    #26657312 - 05/08/20 02:14 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

So, I went in to mist this morning and noticed about 20 fruit flies in the SGFC. Thankfully I have had one flush so far, but...

Is this bad? How bad?

Fruit flies are very common and frustrating where I live. I do a good job of keeping them out of my apartment but I cannot do much with the moisture in the SGFC.

Is there any treatment or additive that can help?

Does this same problem occur in monotubs? I am switching to that tek after this run is done.

Any people with similar experiences I would love to hear from. This is not ideal and like I said they are unavoidable in this area so they are a gardening battle year 'round.

When they I do occasionally notice them in the sink if I forget to dry it I use the cider vinegar/soap bowl tek to attract and kill. Can I put these same bowls in my chamber?


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: RapperD] * 1
    #26657387 - 05/08/20 02:50 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

Probably fungal gnats, but either way the traps are good (just not IN the chamber becasue you're actively drawing them in instead of getting them before they get in.  Keep an eye on any infested sub.  They arern't too hard to control becasue of the turnover time of mushroom grows.  You can add a drop of peppermint oil (even that cheaper shit at Walmart by the care products/pharmacy) to your misting bottle as well and helps quite a bit.  Some sticky tape/yellow sticky fly cards are cheap and work very well.  Highly reccomend the oil for five bucks a bottle that'll last for a loooong time.  Works with any flying buggery.  Best of luck.


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: alaskappalachian] * 2
    #26657532 - 05/08/20 03:55 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

Man I used to live in the country with farm land surrounding me. Whenever they grew watermelon I’d have 6 million fruit flies in my house every day. It didn’t matter if I didn’t have an ounce of food in the house they were just everywhere. All up in my tubs, in my eyes, nose, on the cabinets.

I tried traps and cups of vinegar and several times I spent 10 hours murdering them with a spray bottle and paper towels. Nothing stopped the swarm.

Every tub I grew during that time got to smelling sweet and funky and I harvested what I could from them but then I just took a break until they were gone. Hopefully your situation isn’t as dire.

I didn’t know about the peppermint oil but it sound hip


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: Roger Clemency] * 1
    #26657578 - 05/08/20 04:15 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

Sorry about your plight - I went through the same thing two years ago.  +1 on the sticky traps and peppermint oil.  Also might want to put ramekins of apple cider vinegar with a couple drops of dish soap placed strategically around the room/house (makes it so they can't fly away).  Good luck!


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: trip_hazard]
    #26657588 - 05/08/20 04:21 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

THANKS GUYS! I have to go to the store in a few so I will grab both. I thought about the strips but I always find them unsightly lol.


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: RapperD]
    #26657631 - 05/08/20 04:42 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

You can always Amazon a pitcher plant, cape sundew, or other carnivorous plant. Here is one I planned to by before my gnats went away.

https://www.amazon.com/9GreenBox-Cape-Sundew-Plant-Pot/dp/B001B3WFNK/ref=mp_s_a_1_21?dchild=1&keywords=pitcher+plant&qid=1588970386&sr=8-21


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: RapperD]
    #26657675 - 05/08/20 05:04 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

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but I always find them unsightly lol.



Yeah... they're kind of fugly... :sad:


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: alaskappalachian]
    #26657849 - 05/08/20 06:25 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

I managed to get rid of a fungus gnat infestation at my parents house with peppermint oil. They drown their plants and then their pots get moldy... Misting the surface of the planters every day for 5 days made them completely disappear.


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: Crime Pills 4 Kids] * 1
    #26657867 - 05/08/20 06:35 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

Oh God fungus gnats. One gnat lays like 10,000 eggs in your substrate.  I tried everything to get rid of these guys, the fly paper I would hang up turned black with them and it didn't make a dent ?
I was literally using a vacuum hose to try to get all of them in my tubs that I could

They eat the sub and lay eggs and make them vulnerable to contams (and they eat pins and fruits).

The only way I got rid of them was after my first flush I dumped all my tubs. An entire room full of tubs.

Then I waited about 3 weeks before spawning anything new. That solved it.


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: trip_hazard]
    #26657931 - 05/08/20 07:11 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

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Sorry about your plight - I went through the same thing two years ago.  +1 on the sticky traps and peppermint oil.  Also might want to put ramekins of apple cider vinegar with a couple drops of dish soap placed strategically around the room/house (makes it so they can't fly away).  Good luck!




Great advice!

Ive had them before but didnt think about a fly trap.

Fungus gnats are weird. Do they come from inside the BRF like fruit flies and fruit?


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: LogicaL Chaos] * 1
    #26658102 - 05/08/20 08:31 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

I tried all sorts of fly traps but it did nothing to stem the tide

I think if he is just using BRF cakes in an SGFC once this grow is spent should just wait a couple weeks before fruiting anything else, maybe wash out the perlite with some hot water


They lay eggs in the substrate and feed on it


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: mushpunx]
    #26658122 - 05/08/20 08:38 PM (1 year, 9 days ago)

Oh I see. Damn. Weird little creatures.

A vacuum cleaner would probably work well to at least get rid of the current ones.


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: LogicaL Chaos] * 1
    #26658812 - 05/09/20 01:51 AM (1 year, 9 days ago)

Jesus fuck. Flies and eggs? How filthy is your scene?


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: InfraredRick]
    #26658872 - 05/09/20 02:39 AM (1 year, 9 days ago)

Pest control is easy. To capture and kill adult gnats you can use mechanical methods such as flytraps, to get rid of the eggs you can use Hypoaspis miles which are a natural predator and can be bought in most garden stores.
It's really cool (and satisfying) to see a little army of insects search and destroy these buggers



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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: InfraredRick]
    #26658874 - 05/09/20 02:40 AM (1 year, 9 days ago)

These do a pretty good job to get the flys in the chamber. And a apple cider vinegar trap is usually pretty good at catching them.
https://www.amazon.com/Gideal-20-Pack-Dual-Sided-Whiteflies-Leafminers/dp/B07QKLHH5X/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=sticky+fly+trap+indoor&qid=1589006185&sprefix=sticky+fly+tra&sr=8-4


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: InfraredRick]
    #26658887 - 05/09/20 02:48 AM (1 year, 9 days ago)

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Jesus fuck. Flies and eggs? How filthy is your scene?





Fungus gnats dude, they look just like fruit flies, they're tiny. They come in on houseplants and stuff too, they eat the fungus in the soil


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: mushpunx]
    #26660738 - 05/09/20 09:47 PM (1 year, 8 days ago)

I dumped my tub, and dunked my cakes. Gonna get peppermint oil and traps tomorrow.


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: RapperD]
    #26660804 - 05/09/20 10:19 PM (1 year, 8 days ago)

You might try moving your FC somewhere else. I like to have my substrates near a window for light but I've noticed there are a couple windows where they always seem to get attacked by gnats if I put them there.


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    #26661277 - 05/10/20 02:24 AM (1 year, 8 days ago)

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You might try moving your FC somewhere else.




Good call. I've been thinking of doing that since the outdoor Temps gave gone up. Relocating that is.


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Re: Fruit Flies! Yikes?! [Re: RapperD]
    #26661294 - 05/10/20 02:30 AM (1 year, 8 days ago)

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I dumped my tub, and dunked my cakes. Gonna get peppermint oil and traps tomorrow.




If you don't have house plants and wait 2 weeks to 1 month before spawning anything new, they will go away. They have short lives.


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