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Gunja_mumma
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Hello Gunja Mumma here from the land down under happy growing all, I love this page and the HOG podcast. I'm new to growing, and have my first plant in flower atm. I have turned to the group about gnats! I seen little things flying about the grow room.. or closet lol.. and they were all over the top soil 😥 just little tiny ones at this point.. So I removed a good inch or 2 of top soil then top dressed with some dry coco perlite mix. I'm growing a Zkittles auto under spider farmer sf2000, I'm on day 54, my stretch looks to be over, and I'm using organic living soil with dry amendments and compost teas for feed. I have been super lucky temp wise as I'm between 24 and upto 28 degrees celsius, and RH between 45 and 55. I have no source of heating and just 1 fan in there, and no humidity controls either. Always using PH water at 6.4 since she started, keeping her run off free always, grown in fabric pot so luckily knats not in bottom, just trying to get at my roots poking out top soil. She is a beautiful strong plant but I'm super worried these gnats will screw me right at the most crucial point..as she's so so ready to stack! Any advice all 

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 5:30 am
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@gunja_mumma Hi Gunja Mumma Welcome to Percys, glad you could join us 🙂  I use Mosquito Dunks to keep the gnats under control, theres usually always a few buzzing about but the dunks usually wipe most of them out. 😉 👍 

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Posted : October 9, 2021 7:33 am
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Gunja_mumma
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@stootie aw thank you, never heard of a mosquito dunk is it like sticky traps? I will have a look into that one. Do you think gnats would survive in the plain coco/perlite? That was the only source of mulch type product on hand, do you think it would help? I read an article on here that said something about them needing moist soil and healthy fungi to thrive and they only live in top 2inch of soil or something so my theory was to take out a little top soil incase larvae was present, then re top dressed with some nice dry amendments, and dumped the dry coco on and watered in

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 8:06 am
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I probably should have asked some of these q's before trying to fix this I like making assumptions and self diagnosing without having a clue 🤦‍♀️😅 soon as I seen the bastard gnats I freaked.. MY CROPS GONNA DIE 😅😝

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 8:17 am
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@gunja_mumma no probs 🙂 the Mosquito Dunks are things that you leave soaking in water, then when you water the plants it lays the gnats low.. a I cant remember all the technical stuff.lol

Iv only ever grown in soil but yea they like when the top inch or two is damp. Some people use things like sharp sand as a top layer but the dunks solved the problem for me, theres always a few gnats flying about but you tend to stop worrying about them the more you grow, they're not really much of a threat unless theres a massive herd starts gathering.haha 😉 

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Posted : October 9, 2021 8:18 am
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Gunja_mumma
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@stootie hahahaha all good I'll do a google search on dunks,.I'll try anything...you eased my mind alot.. so reality is I'll probably be fine, sweeeet

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 8:20 am
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@gunja_mumma I dont think the actual gnats do much damage but its the larve or whatever you call them, I think they nibble at the roots of the plant, and the dunks stop the gnats reproducing or some shit like that.lol

Iv only been growing since last november and when I first saw gnats it caused big panic here too 🤣 but no in general theyre not really all that much of a threat in small amounts 😉 

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Posted : October 9, 2021 9:07 am
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Can use diatomaceous earth or sharp sand too, it stop them laying eggs in the soil or sufacing should they have done so already

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Posted : October 9, 2021 10:16 am
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discovered a gnat infestation myself massive panic on I brought myself a bunch of neem oil and special soap for it luckily i had already purchased a bunch of yellow sticky tape prior (just incase situation) and felt like the yellow traps was efficient enough to maintain them massively

at first i did panic and spray the top 2 inches of soil with hydrogen peroxide 3% but diluted even more with bit of water, the neem oil hadnt arrived so i was keen to do something quickly, but after that i had no sighting of gnats physically,

where before i would notice 2-3 flying as soon i open the tent, within 2 weeks ive only seen 2 now very tiny and potentially came off me as i walked through the garden to the shed, 

I never managed to use the neem oil in the end as the yellow traps caught over dozen of them with no more sightings, as well letting the soil dry out a extra day or 2 from the regularly watering schedule i feel like ive defeated them xD Good call on removing the top layer of the soil though, i wish i thought of that lol i was to worried about hitting any roots though! best of luck with them   

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Posted : October 9, 2021 11:44 am
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Happy snaps of my lady 54 days into things 🥲

Beast of a stem 26mm wide mammoth girl,  stiff as a rock too hahaha 😳 loving it

And 57cm tall. I'm pretty impressed with her for an autoflower I didn't expect it to be all that big. I love her structure too, really been easy to grow she's never shown any signs of stress, well slight tip burn that I'm pretty sure was the light. Topped once also despite alot of people saying don't top an auto lol no transplanting though and she's in a 10gal pot. Lucky I left room to top dress as roots keep coming out the top lol also defolled a fair bit along the way, little bits at a time and the growth rates always rapid as its never slowed down I feel like I could throw just about anything at this lady keen to see how she stacks and smokes! Good genetics I'm feeling, and the sensational microbes at work - weedseedsexpress zkittles auto

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 1:10 pm
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Gunja_mumma
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@lucas3330 hahaha love it good to know the panic is common and the solutions are pretty easy! You were well prepared! Cheers heaps for sharing your experience.

I haven't seen any in there and it's been 2 days now so things seem controlled now I think..  still going to have a look at these mosquito dunks and traps and get some neem oil on hand to avoid this panic in future

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 1:19 pm
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Gunja_mumma
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@stootie yes lmao or some shit like that! I was thinking same thing! 🤣 little c#$*s! That's why I took off some top soil and added some plain and dry medium over the top, suffocate the pests! Feel I got them before they had much time to get down and dirty with the larvae laying and toxic shit they poop out 🤣 

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 1:25 pm
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Gunja_mumma
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@zn hearing alot about this diatomaceous earth product it's on my little wish list at the moment to try out when I can afford to haha like the carbon filter and dehumidifier and everything else on the list lol expensive hobby! What medium do you prefer to grow?. Haven't heard of sharp sand I'll look that up thanks heaps 

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 1:32 pm
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Gunja_mumma
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Thanks every body for chiming in on this one this is cool as! Appreciated 😁

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 1:40 pm
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Gunja_mumma
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@stootie dunks look like the go man, another item in the wish list now hahaha just looked them up seems like a must have 

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2021 1:52 pm
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