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Invisiblewind_wraith
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fruit flies
    #413169 - 10/04/01 02:36 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Goddammit, my grow chamber is full of them. At first I thought I was keeping their population in check by killing a dozen or so every time I opened my grow chamber for fanning/misting, but now they're completely beyond control; the one casing in my grow chamber is absolutely covered with them. On the up side, I've found some amusement in weighing my casing every day with my new scale and predicting what I refer to as its fruit fly half-life: that point at which 50% of the organic material in the casing has been converted to flies. Seriously, it's a sterility problem if nothing else -- has this ever happened to any of you? I'm thinking maybe my humidity level is too low, although the whole bottom of my grow box is covered with damp Perlite beneath a wire mesh and the box itself is well sealed. Please help.

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Re: fruit flies [Re: wind_wraith]
    #413523 - 10/04/01 12:00 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

All it takes is 1 fly man. Once when I was checking a jar, 1 little fruit fly buzzed past and just landed on the jar lid. A few days later a couple of the jars had friendly little maggots smiling at me through the glass and a few fruit flies flew out of the box.

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Re: fruit flies [Re: darkfly]
    #414309 - 10/05/01 12:57 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Flies suck (no offense :)
So is there any way of getting rid of them, from a casing, other than throwing the casing out? I wonder if hydrogen peroxide would kill them, while not harming my mycelium?

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Re: fruit flies [Re: wind_wraith]
    #414345 - 10/05/01 01:33 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

all mushroom fly pests are phototropic. ie, they will fly into a bug zapper. trick is, you need a bug zapper that will get the little ones! this way you will not need to employ poisons.

some can be gotten by lady bugs or praying manti.

Stamets reccomended using a sticky strip next to a light and perhaps even adding a fan to suck them in.



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Re: fruit flies [Re: tchyted]
    #414394 - 10/05/01 02:36 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Yah but if they eggs are lain in your casing, then you have maggots in there and there is no hope of getting rid of bunches of those fuckers.


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Re: fruit flies [Re: darkfly]
    #414779 - 10/05/01 01:25 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

damn maggots



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Re: fruit flies [Re: wind_wraith]
    #414835 - 10/05/01 02:20 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I have sprayed the inside of my terrarium lid lightly with Raid. No more flies.



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Re: fruit flies [Re: wind_wraith]
    #414925 - 10/05/01 04:14 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Diatomacous earth might by worth a try. I used them on my plants and it worked great. It works by slicing the larva in pieces. Diatomacous earth is composed of crushed seashells. So you probably could add it when you make your cake substrate. For your casings you could just sprinkle it on top. Those little flies probably arent fruit flies but fungus knats, cause they love to eat the fungus that is in a plants soil from organic nutrient.



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Re: fruit flies [Re: durban_poison]
    #415263 - 10/05/01 11:57 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Hmm... I think they've already killed my mycelium actually (yes, there are that many of them), so I'll probably just throw it out now and clean out my grow chamber.  But maybe I'll try some seashells next time -- flies just love that cow shit :mad:

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