While pests are not typically synonymous with indoor gardens, there are some threats that you should be aware of when it comes to indoor plants. Obviously, no one plans on attracting pests into their house, but by not being fully aware, you could be harboring a perfect environment for them, thus ruining your plants and creating a mess in your own home. Read on to learn more about what attracts pests to your house plants.
High humidity attracts pests because the humidity in the air helps keep their bodies moist, warm and vibrant. Without humidity, pests would normally dry out and die off. Insects have a strong sense of where to find humidity. If your home is humid or even damp, consider investing in a dehumidifier to remove the moisture. You can also move your plants farther away from each other so that you give them more breathing room. Having plants too close together can actually drive up humidity.
The phrase “too much of a good thing” still holds true in the plant realm. Overwatering your plants can cause a soggy, soppy soil that actually attracts more pests. Standing water can serve as a breeding ground and a nourishment source for pests that may want to set up camp in your plants. Stick to a regular watering schedule, and don’t water your plant more than you need to. It saves you time, water and discourages standing water to accumulate in or around your houseplant.
In addition to humidity, stagnant air can also be attractive to pests. Having a good supply of fresh air allows for moisture levels in the air to equalize, lessens excess water, discourages any fungal growth in the soil and discourages pests from staying in your plant for long periods of time. Pests love musty, thick, stale air. By having good circulation, you avoid that happening in your indoor garden.
If you’re planning on starting an indoor garden or you already have indoor pests, contact Orange Environmental Services for a professional consultation. From there, you can continue raising plants in your home in the safest and healthiest way possible.