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Re: Fungus Gnats

    A simple home remedy I use is 1/4 Cup Listerine, plus a couple of drops
of dish detergent in 1/2 gallon of water.  Soak the soil well, let it sit
for 1/2 an hour, then rinse with fresh water.  I do this 3 times,
every-other week, when I bring my houseplants in for winter.  It really gets
rid of the gnats because it gets rid of the larvae in the soil.
    Another one I've used is 1 tsp. of Borax laundry booster in 1/2 gallon
of water. Again, I let this sit for 1/2 hour then rinse with fresh water.
    Both remedies have no effect on established houseplants.  I'm not sure
if they'd harm hosta seedlings, though.  Anyone else have experience with

Diane Frederick

----- Original Message -----
From: Betsy Mahtani <bmathani@flash.net>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2001 9:20 PM
Subject: Fungus Gnats

> Am embarrassed to ask this question, since it has been answered so many
> times and I THOUGHT I had fungus gnats taken care of for this year.
> Sterilized pots, poured boiling water on soilless mix, etc. and have
> been using NEEM, but suddenly, here they are out in strength. Would
> prefer to use home remedies before resorting to the big guns.
> Would someone please give me the home recipes?  Thought I'd saved them,
> but sure can't find 'em.
> Thanks,
> Betsy
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