Bugged by flies

Amateur Gardening - - Ask John Negus -

Flies seemed to come out of my wa­ter butt when I lifted the lid and I now have lit­tle black crea­tures in the wa­ter. What are they? Brenda Begi­na­gen, via email

I am won­der­ing if mos­qui­toes have laid their eggs in your wa­ter butt and the flies you are see­ing are adults emerg­ing from the pu­pae.

A good way to pu­rify the wa­ter and rid it of harm­ful bac­te­ria, fungi, viruses and, hope­fully, the crea­tures lurk­ing in the wa­ter, is to add Agralan Citrox.

If your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre doesn’t stock it, con­tact the com­pany on

01285 860015.

Mos­qui­toes lay eggs in stag­nant wa­ter

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