As spring approaches, a lot of American homeowners will start purchasing plants for landscaping, gardening or even as gifts for Mother’s Day, Easter and Valentine’s Day. Hellebore, Tulips, Orchids, Yellow Trilliums and many more other beautiful flowers are planted at a rapid pace. Knowing how to plant, treat and maintain these plants is an integral part of introducing new pests into your home. There is quite a variety of pests that love munching on a lot of common household plants. Some of the offenders include Gall Mites, Leaf Miners, Box Suckers and more.
These pests are privy to your plants mainly, but once they make it inside through an open door or window. There are many other things inside your home that they may be attracted to. Of course, you want to display that beautiful new orchid that your relative bought you, but there are few things you should do before introducing new flowers into your home right away. A good safety precaution is to keep the new plant(s) in your garage for a week or so. This way you can monitor the plant to see if there are already bugs crawling around in its roots or beautiful booms. Still be sure to water them and give them the proper amount of sun exposure while they are in your garage. Even after you have determined that they are “bug free”, it is still important to regularly check them to make sure that you don’t have a full-on infestation in the works.
Routine maintenance is also a vital part of keeping your plants free of pests. Plants with large leave should regularly be wiped with a damp cloth or towel to remove dust build up which is a notorious attractant for pests. It is also critical to provide your plants plenty of water and sunlight. Plants that are no strong and healthy are like magnets when it comes to pest problems. Be careful not to over water your plants though. Most pests thrive on moisture rich environments and seek them out before even thinking about looking anywhere else.
If you do so happen to find pests in or around your plants, there are a few different methods that you can use to prevent them from coming back. Of course, it depends on what kind of pest that you are dealing with. Most of them can simply be brushed off by using a damp glove or towel. Another method, depending on how sensitive the leaves are, is to use a lightly alcohol-soaked cotton swab. Not only will the smell of the alcohol repel the pests, but the lack of dust or dirt will not be an ideal environment for any sort of pest to stay.
When routine maintenance isn’t enough, and your pest problem becomes uncontrollable. It is always best to contact a professional exterminator. They know the best methods for not only getting rid of the annoying pests that swarm your plants. But they also know how to keep them from coming back too.