David K

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Flies from potting compost?

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 08:48

This query has cropped several times before. This is what I have said then and have kept on file:

"There are two likely possibilities here. You may have fruit flies. They come from fruit but also live in houseplants. They especially like Yucca plants as they are very sweet. You can dispose of these naturally by filling a glass with vinegar and putting cling film over the top. Punch a small hole in the top of the plastic wrap and the fruit flies will go into the jar. Change the vinegar every week or until they are gone.

More likely, they are "dark-winged fungus gnats” (scientific name Sciaridae). These live in potted plant soil. They can be very hard to get rid of, depending on how many infested pots you've got. Nearly everyone who has potted plants has these flies in their homes but they sometimes become a nuisance.

Re-pot the plant completely with sterilised potting compost and spay the soil with BTi (available as 'Gnatrol' in the garden centre)"

I'm betting on the fungus gnats, myself.


Camera Corner

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 22:08
Lorna95 wrote (see)

David that bird is sweet.

Thanks, Lorna......as you can see, I had to zoom in very close to get the shot and unfortunately the brightness of the sun obliterated detail the bird itself.

Alas, we can't come up with a masterpiece every time.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 19:52

 Soon be Christmas, best have a wash & brush-up.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 20:12

Kellie in the dance off......shocking! 

Bye, Carol, your time was up......as I say to myself in the mirror, sometimes being  smiley & nice just isn't enough.

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 10:22

Steve, if you're familiar with the Trent & Mersey canal, my pic was taken between Armitage & Rugeley.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 20:42

 Trent & Mersey canal in autumn.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 20:21

I would sum it up pretty well the same, DD  

I don't know if anyone else feels the same, but I feel Katie has more potential than Anton is bringing out of her......it could be said I suppose, it's the most he's ever had to stretch himself.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 12:25

I really like that, chicky....both for the view and composition.

Fairygirl, most of what I post here are within 3 miles of my home.....a really lovely part of Staffordshire. I sometimes think that people think of Staffordshire as being industrial & dull and that is the case in some parts, but there are also some very pretty bits.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 21:03
1Runnybeak1 wrote (see)

Lovely pictures everyone.  

DAVID.  We are going to Chatsworth on the 24th for the Christmas display too.  

Hope you have a great day, Rb.

My family & me are going in my car. The tickets for house & garden are (pre-booked) £20 each + petrol, parking etc. Interesting to note that 'Swiftsure' are running a coach on 2nd Dec which includes a visit to Bakewell + house & gardens admission, for £24.80... not sure how that works.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 16:35

That's really nice, Lily.....I can well imagine it looks different today, if your weather is anything like ours...it's been pants.

Probably my next photo opportunity will be Sun 15th Nov, when I'll be visiting Chatsworth House to see their Christmas display.......theme is The Wind in the Willows this year. 

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