So you just bought a houseplant that has bugs, and you don’t know what to do. What should you do?
It’s unfortunate when you find out that the indoor plant you just purchased is infested with bugs. Not only is it possible for these insects to kill your plant, the insects could also infest your other plants and spread throughout your home.
The first thing we must define is what houseplants pests are. They are tiny bugs or mites whose leading food resource is leaves, stems, and roots. There are several types of insects that can sneak into your house and infest indoor plants.
Some crawl on the leaves while others reside in the soil. Some fly while others do not. Irrespective of its type, these bugs are dangerous and can cause damage to your houseplants. No one would like to see their plants die one by one just because of these annoying bugs.
Some common houseplant insects:
It is crucial to act fast to avoid insects from spreading to your other plants. Here are some ways you can remove bugs from an infested plant:
Sometimes it is hard to spot insects on your plant because of their tiny size. However, there are some signs you can check to know whether your plant could be infested.
Pests like whiteflies, spider mites, and mealybugs can cause your plant to have yellow leaves. These pests use their sharp mouthparts to pierce the leaves and stems, to suck juices straight from the plant tissue. The leaves will turn yellow and eventually fall off.
Broad mites perfectly exemplify this because of their feeding habits. Their primary food resource is the nutrition in leaves. Every bite contains saliva, which is toxic and fatal to your plants, so when they live here long enough, your plant leaves will deform and stunt.
If you can’t seem to find a way to stop these pests from pestering your plants, please feel free to contact our team. We’ll do a thorough cleaning and pest control for your house to stop pests once and for all.
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According to Cindy Mannes of National Pest Management Organisation, while allergies are often attributed to pollen and grass sensitivity, common pests such as dust mites, german cockroaches, mosquitoes, bed bugs and fleas are also potential irritants that may exacerbate allergic symptoms. 97% of allergists agreed that keeping your house pest-free is a key step in protecting yourself and beloved ones. In this article, we will look into ways the uninvited insects can contribute to allergies.
Pests are likely to leave dander, urine, droppings, hair or fur, and even body parts. These often contain foreign proteins that human immune systems cannot recognise. When you get exposed to these allergens, the body’s natural protective shield may not be able to put up a strong defence, which could result in allergic reactions. Allergic reactions include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, chest tightness, congestions, hives, and asthmatic symptoms. Pest-induced allergies are not only unpleasant, they may require further hospital care.
Allergies triggered by pests are more common than what we may think. Research suggests that approximately 85% of households have traces of dust mites in their beds and about 50% of homes have enough allergens that could trigger those with high sensitivity.
A report by The National Pest Management Association found traces of cockroach allergens in 63% of homes in the United States. The allergens are mostly concentrated in living rooms and kitchens, and are high enough to trigger an allergic reaction. Typical cockroach allergy symptoms include coughing, nasal congestion, skin rash, wheezing, ear and sinus infection. Many cases reportedly could develop chronic symptoms that last beyond seasonal allergies.
Unlike other common household pests, dust mites are not visible to the naked eye. Small as they are, dust mites can put millions of people at risk of irritation with symptoms varying from watery eyes, a runny nose, to endless coughing.
Though bed bugs do not fly, they can quickly travel any surfaces such as floors, walls, and ceilings. Bed bugs can sneak into your house undetected via luggage, clothing, or used furniture. Most bed bug bites are painless at first, but they can turn into itchy welts later. The unpleasant feeling can last all day and, in some cases, cause allergic reactions.
There are people who may have a more serious allergic reaction to mosquito bites. It could cause blistering lesions or larger hives, fever and joint swelling. In a worst-case scenario, a mosquito bite can cause anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal condition characterised by throat swelling, generalised hives, faintness or wheezing.
Flea bites on humans look like small red spots in groups of two to three or clusters surrounded with redness. The symptoms may include red spots with a halo, itching, hives, skin rashes with small clusters of bumps, and swelling around the bite. In addition, there are certain reactions to flea bites regarded as medical emergencies such as breathing difficulty (shortness of breath or wheezing), swelling of the lips or tongue, dizziness, nausea, and chest pain.
Just like us, pests need food, water and shelter to survive and usually opt for dark and damp areas. You are most likely to find them under sinks, ovens and refrigerators, in cardboard boxes, and inside the walls. Areas with limited human exposure such as attics and basements can become a home to common household pests.
Call (02) 8007 4666 to consult our pest control team. We’re available for regular building and pest inspections and pest control services, keeping your home safe from unwanted pests!
IPM is a short abbreviation that stands for Integrated Pest Management. IPM is a common-sense process using a wide range of sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions contain three other simple steps, including inspection, identification, and treatment. For IPM, it is known as the most holistic approach to pest management since treatments are individually created based on each individual’s needs. Professional pest experts will be those people inspecting your home or garden carefully for signs of pests or areas vulnerable to future infestation. They are also well-trained to identify the species and any sorts of disease-related threats they pose to your home and garden. After having done inspection, those professional experts finally determine the most effective treatment option to target at your pest issue. One thing to remember is that IPM requires a co-operation between you and the licensed professional. When you are in a great partnership with a well-trained pest expert, we ensure that your garden and home will be under high protection against pest-related health issues and property threats.
Prevention is a standard method that brings fast and effective acts to keep the pest out because prevention appears even before the pest is present. Besides, prevention is also famous for its long-lasting effect. If the pest is well-controlled, we can deter future infestation and its spread. Prevention is a control method that promotes not only environmental safety but also causes minimal risks to the environment. There is also a small percentage of risk to humans. Above all, we highly recommend this control method because of its environmentally friendly feature to either the environment or people.
Chemical Control Method is a commonly used technique to contain the pest from spreading. One of the most common examples of this method is the use of pesticides. In the same way, chemical pesticides are highly effective and show immediate results within a short time. Besides being fast-acting, pesticides are also long-lasting, so we recommend not applying pesticides yearly to protect the environment. Mainly, this control method is only used in the absence of all the alternative methods. Using chemical pesticides or toxic substances requires consciousness and responsibility because pesticides are just like any medication. When deciding to use this method, farmers or homeowners should consider correct products, dosages, and recommendations from a qualified pest professional. Remember that chemical pesticides are only valid when being applied appropriately, following instructions on the label or package leaflet and using personal protective equipment(PPE) according to the laws of the country. By following this advice, the risk of using pesticides will be minimal to both humans and the environment.
Like any other pest management method, cultural control brings some similar effects to the control of pests, but efficiency seems to be the least. The most prominent disadvantage of this control method is not killing the roots of those pests. Right after we finish the treatment, the pests have a tendency to come back and continue to develop again. Therefore, its long-lasting effectiveness is not sufficient. However, most professional pest experts consider cultural control methods to be the most environmentally safe to the environment as they cause no concerning issues and no longer require any toxic chemicals. Regarding personal safety, they are also as safe as farming practices. When applying these cultural control methods, we had better pay great attention to sanitation and crop rotation to make sure that pests are killed strictly.
When it comes to the pest control method, there is a wide range of choices, depending on the type of pest, the level of infestation and environmental conditions. Amongst those methods, the biological control method might be the most prominent one in terms of human and ecological safety. This control method uses many kinds of organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and even predatory insects, to reduce the significant number of pests in your areas. Some typical instances of this method are releasing a predatory insect that eats other tiny pests or using parasitoids to prevent harmful pests from causing massive damage to your garden plants. The biological control method is safe and environmentally friendly to both humans and natural ecology. Besides its safety, organic methods are low in cost and do not use any kind of toxic substances. Despite having these advantages, biological control methods have their drawbacks. One of the most prominent disadvantages is that these methods are not always applicable. Biological control agents usually take loads of time to develop until they reach their maturities. Once they reach maturities, the rapid spread of pests already causes some severe consequences, and the level of infestation is at an alarming rate. Therefore, biological pest control methods are only suitable for some areas where the level of the pest is in control.
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