Jan 152014
 January 15, 2014

small marijuana garden fungus gnats

Adult fungus gnats are grey with longs legs and very tiny.  Females lay eggs at the rate of approximately two hundred per week at the base of the cannabis.  These little buggers attack in both the adult and larval (maggot) stage.  Fungus gnat maggots are microscopic, sporting black heads and transparent bodies.  Fungus gnats are found at the soil level and initially feed on fungus.  Once they run out of soil ick, they attack the root systems, damaging larger roots and eating the smaller root hairs.  This retards the plants’ growth, discolors leaves and causes malformation of the stems and branches. As their name denotes, they render the marijuana plant susceptible to various fungal diseases.

Fungus gnats are particularly damaging to cannabis due to affecting the drainage properties of the soil by their droppings.  Marijuana needs well drained soil so as to keep the root system from becoming too wet and inviting pests who thrive in wet conditions. Taking care to not over water your crop is good preventative measure against infestation; they are drawn to moist conditions.

There are a couple of simple ways to detect whether or not you have a gnat problem.  One is to purchase yellow sticky cards from your garden center and place them in the soil around your plants.  After a few days, remove the cards and see what has stuck to them.  If you see more than a few gnats, uh oh!

To check for fungus gnat larvae, place a half inch thick piece of potato on the ground. After four to eight hours, check for maggots.  If there are several dinner guests on the potato, it’s time to send them on their way.

Placing yellow sticky cards or yellow sticky tape (gnats love the color yellow!) throughout the garden will trap the adult gnats.  Fungus gnat larvae are a different matter.  Begin by letting the top few layers of the soil dry completely.  This means delaying the watering schedule for a few days.  Once the soil is dry mix one part pure 3% hydrogen peroxide with four parts water.  Water the top layer of soil thoroughly.  This will kill the larvae.  Peroxide will not hurt your plants.  It will break down into oxygen and water molecules which actually benefits the soil.  Going through this exercise periodically will ensure the gnats go away and stay away and is actually a healthy treat for the soil.

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About Robert Bergman

Robert Bergman is a master marijuana grower. Robert Bergman is the author of 'Marijuana Plant Care' and 'The Marijuana Grow Bible'.
  • Humboldt Billy

    A uv bug light that zaps the adults works great. Make sure the room is airtight place it near the air intake for your room.

  • snickelfrits

    I have had them before and ever since I started using one of those electronic pest repellers, I havent seen one. It seems to prevent spidey mites as well. Not saying that they are 100% but for 10 bucks, its worth the investment.

  • bart simpson

    I’m trying to grow my plant naturally…just Sun light and water but I also wanna know how I can keep my plant healthy and help get it to its most Potent

    • reefer

      give a generous dose of phosphate and a little nitrate when she starts to flower, keep her healthy, harvest in early morning while the trichomes are still mostly clear(half of the stigmas should be withered by this time)

  • Bob Reynolds

    Sanitize your soil before planting. Use a turkey pan and fill it up and bake the soil for 30 mins at 200. It kills any pest and eggs.

  • painkills2

    I feel like I am the only one who hates bugs so much that it is an impediment to my interest in growing my own.
    (I shall now be thinking about spiders, especially those found in New Mexico, for many hours to come…)

  • Cheryl Sparks

    Did this and it did NOT work. Followed directions & repeated several times. Did not work. One tip: do NOT use water control soil in hopes to keep your plants healthier.