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January 22, 2014

Tim's Tips: Be on the lookout for fungus gnats

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The dunks also come in a form called Mosquito Bits. The bits are granules that can be sprinkled outside in standing water. The bits can also be sprinkled onto the soil of your plants and then watered into the soil. Once the bacteria are in the soil, they attack the gnat larvae and kill them. This has proven to be the most effective way to control an infestation of fungus gnats on your plants.

If you have houseplants that you put outside for the summer or if you have brought a new plant into your home, look for signs of the tiny flies around your plants. If you see the flies, you should treat your plants with Mosquito Bits to get the problem under control.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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