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I do casings in the open air with homemade myco bags. I have began noticing small black flies here and there but not in large numbers, maybe just one or two. How can I avoid this in getting out of control? Is there an insecticide I should be using or some kind of natural insecticide(such as a plant) that I should be using.
I know that I have used tansy(the herb) to repell misqutoes, ticks and fleas when I used to go camping and this works well. Is this the answer to my question or does somebody know of something else? I would like to avoid un-natural chems if I could.
In the meantime I'm going to use Tansy for now. I'll let you know if this works.
I would like someone to get back with me ASAP cause I have a shitload of shrooms growing.
My friend had tiny small black flies start to appear once long ago. At first there were only a few here and there, but after a week or two they were everywhere. My friend got some kind of insecticide strip that hangs in the grow room. This worked fairly well, but the flys kept multiplying. We finally gave up and started tearing apart everything trying to figure out where the damn flys were coming from. Ended up that there was a bag of compost that was infected. We opened the bag (which was supposed to be sealed... guess not) and saw millions of those suckers in there crawling around. It looked like the compost was alive and moving on its own there were so many. After tossing the bag of compost outdoors in the trash the flys disappeared in a few more days and have never been back since.
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I found that what I wrote the other day is working so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Since I took a couple of fresh leaves of the herb Tansy and crushed them and then spread them around they had disappeared. They must not like it to well. The compost that I used is sterilized well and I don't believe thats where they are coming from, but The jars that I had discarded outside are poluted with them. I believe they are attracted to the grain substrate.
Thanks for yours posts guys.
I'll let you know if this continues to work....