Gnats Driving Me Crazy!!

dmarshall1991

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I have tons of little flying gnats in my tortoise enclosure and they are driving me absolutely insane! It's to the point where I can't even watch Netflix on my phone at night with the lights off because they are escaping the enclosures and gravitating to the light if my phone. How on earth do I control these things and make them goooooo away!?
 

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Substrate nats! They love wet, warm conditions (AKA, most tort tables) I had a bunch a while ago, but I read from @pfara that pillbugs are a great treatment! I scooped some up and and I had a to take a few tries to figure out to keep them alive, but they're doing great now.
Another key is to bump down how wet your dirt is.
Squeeze it and a water drips out, too wet.
Squeeze it and it holds shape but hardly any water, PERFECT!
Squeeze it and it just falls apart, too dry. :D
 

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Substrate nats! They love wet, warm conditions (AKA, most tort tables) I had a bunch a while ago, but I read from @pfara that pillbugs are a great treatment! I scooped some up and and I had a to take a few tries to figure out to keep them alive, but they're doing great now.
Another key is to bump down how wet your dirt is.
Squeeze it and a water drips out, too wet.
Squeeze it and it holds shape but hardly any water, PERFECT!
Squeeze it and it just falls apart, too dry. :D
I'm starting to get the little buggers too :mad: Glad I read this so I can try the pillbug solution.
Out of curiosity, how did you manage to keep the pillbugs alive? (I'd like to minimize my casualties :))
 

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I'm starting to get the little buggers too :mad: Glad I read this so I can try the pillbug solution.
Out of curiosity, how did you manage to keep the pillbugs alive? (I'd like to minimize my casualties :))
;):p
I don't see them out a lot, because they like congregating underneath dishes and rocks. They like it slightly moist, which isn't usually a problem, and sometimes I bury half a berry in the coir by their favorite spot, and when the lights go out, I can dig it u and they be chewing on it like crazy. It's weird o_O:p
 

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Substrate nats! They love wet, warm conditions (AKA, most tort tables) I had a bunch a while ago, but I read from @pfara that pillbugs are a great treatment! I scooped some up and and I had a to take a few tries to figure out to keep them alive, but they're doing great now.
Another key is to bump down how wet your dirt is.
Squeeze it and a water drips out, too wet.
Squeeze it and it holds shape but hardly any water, PERFECT!
Squeeze it and it just falls apart, too dry. :D
Yep, the rollie pollie pill bugs will take care of the gnats. I think they eat the larvae or something because I had a massive problem in my boxie enclosure until I put the pollies in.
 

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Yep, the rollie pollie pill bugs will take care of the gnats. I think they eat the larvae or something because I had a massive problem in my boxie enclosure until I put the pollies in.
I'm not sure WHAT they do, but they do a great job :D:p
 

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Awesome thank you all!! I'm going to have to find out where I can purchase a bunch of pill bugs!
 

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Terro has a product that traps them, It looks like an apple and you just pour the liquid inside the apple and set it near where they are congregating I am using them for the first time this year, and they are working fine so far.
 

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Also, you can use the harmless bacteria Bt-i, which is found in Mosquito Dunks, and Mosquito Bits from Summit. Make a solution and pour or mist it over plant pots and substrates. We do this all the time in the nursery trade.
 

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I remember putting apple cider vinegar, a few drop of dish soap and a bit of water in a cup. Cover it with plastic wrap and poke holes with a toothpick. They are attracted to the vinegar. Sometimes I didn't even put the plastic wrap on. You could put a few cups in your room. Good luck!
 

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Might be hard to find them this time of year, but look under the wood pile or old stacked wood...under rocks, etc.
 

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