fungus gnat


: any of various small dipteran flies (families Mycetophilidae and Sciaridae) resembling mosquitoes and having larvae that feed on fungi and decaying organic matter

Examples of fungus gnat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Let the potting soil dry down so fungus gnats fly away. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 This approach to spacing out waterings can reduce issues with fungus gnat infestations and fungal outbreaks on the soil surface. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 14 Mar. 2024 Control pesky little black fungus gnats, which are attracted to the wet, decaying organic matter in the potting soil. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Dec. 2023 Price at time of publish: $28 Product Details: Type: Light trap | Quantity: One | Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor | Target Species: Fruit flies, house flies, drain flies, moths, and fungus gnats The Raid Fly Ribbons are an easy choice as the best fly trap for the budget-conscious. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2023 If the soil is overwatered and roots are rotted, this can invite fungus gnats. Medgina Saint-Elien, House Beautiful, 27 July 2023 Three of the most common types of gnats found in homes are fungus gnats, fruit flies and drain flies. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 12 Mar. 2023 Container and houseplants Avoid fungus gnats by adding a layer of small gravel over the soil surface. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2023 A number of land creatures make light from chemicals, including various fungi, earthworms, millipedes and fungus gnats, Lewis writes. Madeline Bodin, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fungus gnat was in 1862

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“Fungus gnat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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