Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2011
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Foil Fungus Gnats
Are you seeing tiny insects flying around or running over soil when you care for your houseplants? Most likely they are fungus gnats. These gnats lay their eggs in potting soil, and the soil-dwelling larvae feed on roots and decaying organic materials. Generally gnats don't cause serious damage; they are primarily a nuisance. You can control them simply by allowing the soil surface to dry out thoroughly between watering. You can also lay sticky traps horizontally on the pot rims to capture adult gnats. For severe infestations, use a special Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis) applied to the soil.

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Save Honey Bees
Honey bees are critical pollinators for many fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. Save Honey Bees is a great resource for learning more about their importance from volunteer beekeepers and ways to protect bees in your area.

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