Knats in mulch today?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by robert payer, Jun 11, 2002.

  1. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Today supplier delivered 12 yards of brown mulch. We received a bonus also. Approximately thousands of what I believe to be bugs called knats(Spelling?). They were around the pile all day. When the pile was spread into the beds the problem seemed to be no longer apparent. Customer has not said anything. Supplier should still be paid correct? What are your thoughts on this total matter?

    This mulch was the color enhanced shreaded pallet stuff. I have never had this problem before.
  2. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok it is gnats. I new it was miss spelled when I did not find it in the dictionary.

    Any help on the gnats issue?
  3. LawnSmith

    LawnSmith LawnSite Senior Member
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    gnats are attracted to several things. some of which are heat and decomposition. mulch(even the shredded pallot kind) are attractants to gnants and other insects. mulch decomposes and when this happens it creates heat, a lot of heat. the core of a huge mulch pile can get so hot that it combusts and starts fire. so, thats most likely the problem. it shouldnt last long though because when mulch is spread out it releases heat a whole lot quicker than when its piled.
  4. GrassMaster84

    GrassMaster84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    I agree with LawnSmith, Gnats are attracted to any type of manure or decomposing materials, but I am surprised to see them around the mulch?...
  5. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you sure it wasn't swarmer ants/termites?

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