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Thread: DUW ~ Sundews make great pest control!

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    DUW ~ Sundews make great pest control!

    The entire house is full of these tiny flies (not fruit flies) and we are having a hard time getting rid of them. They are attracted to light, so I put my taller 'dews under the kitchen table light, and over night they caught tons of flies! it worked very well!

    Here are some pics, sorry for the bad quality on some:

    ignore the tape... :P




    back under the lights.
    D. capensis "narrow"


    Also, ignore any hairs you see. haha...




    D. capensis "vogelgat nature reserve" or something












    D. capensis "red"




    D. capensis "alba"






    D. madagascariensis




    I hope they don't go under any sort of sock from the moving back and fourth, but it was cool to watch the bugs flying into the forest of capensis, never to return.

    Thanks for looking!

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    Hahaha that's sooo cool

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    That's a great crop of fungus gnat catchers you have there Devon.

    The mostly underappreciated Cape Sundew is very effective at taking care of that kind of business.

    A few years back we found ourselves in the same situation that you are facing now with annoying numbers of fungus gnats swirling around and among our upstairs houseplants. (The female lays her eggs in compost and organic soils)

    To combat the infestation, i brought a few mexi-pings up from the basement and set them around our houseplants.

    Within a few days, the pings were speckled with so many fungus gnats that it looked like someone had taken a shaker of black pepper and liberally sprinkled it over top of the pings.

    Keeping a few D. caps and pings around can definitely help to keep those fungus gnat populations in check.

    dvg

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    Haha, that's awesome Dvg.

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    which form of cape did the gnats like best

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    Our house is full of fungus gnats at the moment too... I've become expert at catching them- about 3 a day per small nepenthes pitcher. Will try the same- seems easier (but less fun) than my way

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    Quote Originally Posted by MICKEY View Post
    which form of cape did the gnats like best
    I think they narrow leaf's got most of them. I think that's because the pot is stuffed with the plants though... :P

    @MH1: good luck.

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    Lol, nice!

    And people wonder why my bedroom is bug free...

    If I trusted my housemates I'd put some in the kitchen. Far too many fruit flies to be consered sanitary...
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