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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    I would try Beauveria bassiana. Its basically a carnivorous fungus! It comes as a viscous solution you mix with water. Will attack just about any insect pest including mites and it is a naturally occurring fungus. Its technical label is a Myco-insecticide.

    Also on a side note, fungus gnats do more damage than you think, a heavy infestation can really hurt the plants root system. Those little larvae nibble away at loots of root hairs!

    To control fungus gnats, or any Diptera larva for that, try Baccillis thuringiensis. Thats a bacteria that will knock any fly larvae out.

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    Dustin: Where does one come across this fungus and why hasn't it been mentioned before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glider14 View Post
    anyway we could get a pic?
    ... seed grown is THE way to go
    Alex
    Ill try to get a pic up. But before i do that ill explain what they look like.

    First of all they are TINY white specs that crawl around on the LFS. If i blow on the LFS they just kinda scatter and go down. I do have a microscope i just havent pulled it out of the closet to take a look at them. There are small black like gnats that are flying around on the soil also, i think ive maybe seend 3 total. They smallest look almost metallic, but it could just be their size thats fools me.

    Ive read alot of phissionkorps posts over the past few months and from all his Seed preaching XD, i decided to give it a try, so far the truncata looks AMAZING! (aside from being infested with thsee bugs). The bical looks likes its on the edge of death but hopefully these methods of pest control will work.

    BTW, these sprays and such, Can they be sprayed on the plant lightly or is there a unique method of using it on the neps/nepsoil.


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    I use Sevin, but like I said, its not systematic. I just douse the plant and soil in it (well not TOO much) and wiat a few days. If it hasn't killed the problem, I spray again, etc. Sevin really kills pretty much anything, and my neps haven't shown any bad reactions at all to it.
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    Ok FINALLY got the Fungicide 3 in. None of the local stores had it so I hit it up on amazon. Upon reading the instructions it says to use it on a 7-14 day schedule. Does this mean use it everyday for 7-14 days? Once every 7-14 days? Every other day for 7-14 days?

    My main concern is to not over use it on my plants. After the first spray the gnat like winged insects were instantly dropped . Now im after those little silvery demons in the LFS.

    My truncata is still a bit slow growing, but holding up like a champ. I think its safe to say the Bical has been defeated by the invaders. I would be astounded to see it rebound.

    Thanks again for the help!

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    Don't eat me,... Mr. Flytrap thbjr's Avatar
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    I think that's refering to, use today and again in 7-14 days.

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    Hey wetpiggirl, what happend? any update?

    N. Albomarginata, N. Ampullaria
    N. Bellii, N. Bicalcarata, N. Rafflesiana
    N. Sanguinea (Orange Pitcher), Cephalotus Follicularis
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    After reading through this thread, I've learned that I have a fungus gnat problem myself. I noticed them flying all round my neps, but couldn't figure out what they were until I googled 'fungus gnat'. My neps pitchers are trapping quite a few of them! But it sounds like they can pose a hazard if I'm not mistaken. Maybe I'll try that 3n1 also.

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