fungus gnat

noun

Definition of 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

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Pests controlled: Yellow traps attract whiteflies, fruit flies, male winged scales, leafhoppers, fungus gnats, midges, male winged mealybugs and leafminers, thrips, psyllids, and winged aphids. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Fruit flies obviously like the kitchen, drain flies congregate around drains and fungus gnats like potted plants, Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer explains. 2. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Gnats Plaguing Your Kitchen," 8 May 2018 Fruit flies obviously like the kitchen, drain flies congregate around drains and fungus gnats like potted plants, Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer explains. 2. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Gnats Plaguing Your Kitchen," 8 May 2018 Amazon reviewers also swear by these Sticky Stakes ($7, amazon.com), which trap adult fungus gnats and other insects plaguing your houseplants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Gnats Plaguing Your Kitchen," 8 May 2018 Fruit flies obviously like the kitchen, drain flies congregate around drains and fungus gnats like potted plants, Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer explains. 2. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Gnats Plaguing Your Kitchen," 8 May 2018 This is a neat find — a fungus gnat larvae migration. baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Darkwing fungus gnats," 5 Sep. 2017 Amazon reviewers also swear by these Sticky Stakes ($6, amazon.com), which trap adult fungus gnats and other insects plaguing your houseplants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Gnats Plaguing Your Kitchen," 27 Oct. 2017 But in temperate regions like Australia and New Zealand, where prey are scarcer, fungus gnats would have needed a way of attracting their victims. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Most Beautiful Death Trap," 6 Oct. 2017

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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