what you need to know about pests and houseplants

Do you dream of having a home covered in leafy fronds and bright colors? Houseplants have never been more popular, and with so many people being locked inside for the past few years, there’s never been a better time to bring the outside indoors.

However, while the beauty of nature is alluring, one thing we don’t want to bring into our homes are pests.

pests and excessive moisture

Exessive moisture or humidity is one of the main conducive conditions for pests such as rodents, cockroaches, and more. Any place that pests can find excess moisture is a good location for them to make their home and reproduce.

But where do houseplants come into the picture? Indoor plants can be commonly overwatered, making them susceptible to rot and increased humidity. Pests don’t only need water, they need food, and many pests may feed on rotting organic matter (such as an overwatered plant). Depending on the species and size of your plant, it could create the perfect environment for pests — providing water, food, and shelter.

avoid excessive moisture at home

There are many ways to keep your home free of pests and reduce the chances of an infestation due to excessive humidity.

  • Don’t overwater plants. Do some research to make sure you’re giving your plants the correct amount of water so they don’t flood and rot.
  • Turn on ventilation fans. Use exhaust and ventilation fans when cooking and bathing to reduce the levels of humidity caused by steam.
  • Run the AC. Your HVAC system does more than heat and cool your home! It also helps to control humidity indoors to prevent water from making your home from feeling sticky.

There are plenty of other ways to reduce your home’s moisture. Preventing the problem is half the battle, but if you find yourself on the losing side of the war on pests, give Natura Pest Control a call! (360) 506-6071

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