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OfflinePowerTrip
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I caught another gnat!
    #4103248 - 04/27/05 05:16 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

As I was about to run out the door to go to work this morning, I looked in my pmp and saw a gnat sitting on top of my casing. I pulled the casing out and smashed the bastard between my fingers along with the piece of verm he was sitting on. Some of you may remember that I caught a single gnat in my pmp about 10 days ago. If that one had laid eggs I would expect to see larvae all over my casing by now but so far it has only been the one additional gnat. If the little bastard from today did lay eggs, will I be able to see the larvae on the casing or in the mushrooms or something?


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: PowerTrip]
    #4103255 - 04/27/05 05:17 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Theyre always there, once you see one....just kill them as you see them...


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4103408 - 04/27/05 05:44 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

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scatmanrav said:
Theyre always there, once you see one....just kill them as you see them...




Well I can deal with that if they aren't going to destroy my casing. What I have read about them has led me to believe that a single gnat can cause a horrible infestation of your casing. I pictured larvae crawling inside the mushrooms tripping out and causing rot etc... Is it common to see a gnat or two around your grow without having them cause serious problems?


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: PowerTrip]
    #4103423 - 04/27/05 05:46 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Its common for me. Except for a few weeks after I do a cleaning of the closets (every few months). I grab a gnat a few times a week though after I get one in there, until I clean everything out and restart the grow. Never gave me any problems though...


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Growing with bags, start to finish (including my new grain and substrate prep)
Anyone looking to start bulk tubs/mono tubs/shotgun hybrids? Good tubs to use..
How I do grain (old still good tips)
Turn your closet into a fruiting chamber
Casing layer colonization and overlay


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4103469 - 04/27/05 05:57 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Alright thanks man. I guess I'll try not to stress unless it turns into a full blown infestation.


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: PowerTrip]
    #4103521 - 04/27/05 06:14 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

You should still worry before that happens, so that you don't have to ever deal with a full blown invasion. A little paranoia and worry just helps you keep things even more secure and sterile. If you begin to relax your guard....


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: PowerTrip]
    #4103536 - 04/27/05 06:20 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

i had an infestation. at first i saw a couple, then i saw a few, then i saw tens, then it became about a hunred or more...the casing never contammed, but the shrooms never got bigger than pins (which was because i used a bunk strain...the same thing has happened before).

i think the infestation happened when i put a casing a container to fruit w/ some cactus seedlings in a cactus soil mix. i'd see a gnat or two in that container and in about a week there would be 10 or 20 of them. i transfered the casing to a rubbermaid w/ a bulk and that's when the gnats went crazy.

just don't introduce anything foreign in w/ your casings. make sure eveyrthing is pasturized or sterilized (except dry verm, i don't think there's any reason to be worried about that).


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: TODAY]
    #4103995 - 04/27/05 08:38 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Get fly paper or something... one time I had gnats attack a terrarium full of cakes... I ended up getting maybe a gram per cake (usually get more like 5-6g); when the cakes died I broke them open and found them full of writhing larva. Disgusting.


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: cubicidal]
    #4104129 - 04/27/05 09:03 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Gnat???


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: p4kSouL]
    #4104164 - 04/27/05 09:09 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

are you refering to fungus gnats(flies)? don't let them get to far astray. if the will do to your cakes what i have seen them do to marys then watch out man. they can really be devestating in a hurry. They only have about a 3 day life and all they do is lay lay lay eggs. As scat said once they are there you have got them for the duration of your grow since you can't use anything to treat them without damaging your cakes.


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: backupwards]
    #4104550 - 04/27/05 10:21 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

fungus gnats are dangerous if u have plants plus cakes/casings going. They can live up to 14 days, larvae usualy take 7 days to become an adult and it takes 3 days without water to kill the gnats usually. If u got plants u can add a little dawn dish soap to ur water mixture and the soap will destory the larvae protective moisture layer. or fans by your plants or sand or some sort of fine rock protective layer on the top. Im not sure how u can get rid of them for cakes/casing but im guessing I would get some yellow fly sticky traps in the chambers because fungus gnats walk around more then they fly. I had to get rid of everything i mean everything plants/cakes b/c of my infestation that lasted for over 2 weeks.


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: GNIOM1498]
    #4106485 - 04/28/05 12:31 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

i've never heard of this...is this like a regional thing? or are they a danger anywhere?


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Re: I caught another gnat! [Re: starseed1066]
    #4107152 - 04/28/05 03:33 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

There were bugs in soil I bought for growing plants in the same room I had my terrariums in... I think the gnats came from there. I never had problems with them before, and haven't since.


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