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How to Kill an Elegant Stinkhorn

Gardeners are often surprised to see the elegant stinkhorn in their gardens, and tend to be offended by the smell it gives off. This mushroom gives off an offensive odor that's similar to rotting meat.

Things You Will Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Plastic garbage bag

Gardeners are often surprised to see the elegant stinkhorn in their gardens, and tend to be offended by the smell it gives off.  This mushroom gives off an offensive odor that's similar to rotting meat.

This smell is designed to attract insects, which land on the sticky surface and then spread the spores to other areas on their feet.  The elegant stinkhorn is not deep-rooted, making it easy to kill by physical removing it.

  1. Put on a pair of gardening gloves. Pull the elegant stinkhorns up with your hands, making sure to remove the small white root at the bottom.
  2. Look for more stinkhorns that might be covered with dead leaves or old wood. Place all the mushrooms in a plastic bag, tie it closed and throw the bag into an outside garbage can with a lid.
  3. Remove decaying mulch, which will encourage growth of the stinkhorn. Replace it with fresh mulch or a rock-based mulch. Inorganic substrate deters growth of the smelly fungus.
  4. Tip

    Wear a dust mask if you are very sensitive to the stinkhorn's pungent aroma.

    Warning

    Chemicals are not recommended or necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Plastic garbage bag

Tip

  • Wear a dust mask if you are very sensitive to the stinkhorn's pungent aroma.

Warning

  • Chemicals are not recommended or necessary.

About the Author

Donna Tinus has been a writer since 2005. She has a background in medical terminology and has written articles for various websites on topics such as family, finance, medicine, health, pets, gardening, beauty and relationships. Tinus holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Centenary College.