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Check for Pests before Bringing Plants in For Winter

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Are you the type of gardener who likes to bring certain plants inside for the winter months? If so, you are not alone. Many people engage in this practice as a way of keeping plants alive and providing a little bit of extra encouragement as they wait for the winter months to subside. In the northern parts of the UK, people have already brought the most sensitive plants indoors. In the south of England, November is the time to start doing so.

As always, it is important that you check for pests before you bring any plants indoors. The warm and dry interior spaces of your home provide an optimal environment for pests to thrive and breed. The last thing you need is to bring in a few hitchhikers only to have them exploding in numbers come spring.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Before moving or digging up any plants, perform a thorough visual inspection along the leaves and stems. Mealybugs and red spider mites can be seen on the underside of leaves and in small notches and clefts.
2. Check the base and the area just under the top soil for other kinds of pests, including vine weevils.
3. If pests are not found, give your plants a thorough rinsing with water prior to bringing them in.
4. If pests are found, you can wash them away with a mild dish detergent or a commercial product.

One last thing to remember involves your clothing. Be sure to brush yourself off completely after handling plants and flowers in your garden. Any pest that may have been found on your plants could be transferred to your clothing or shoes very easily. It would be a shame to go through the effort of making sure your plants are pest-free only to carry hitchhikers in on your clothing.

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Taking the time to be careful when bringing plants in for the winter will reduce your risk of pests substantially. However, should you find yourself with a problem anyway, do not hesitate to contact us at Pest Control Services in Newbury. We are equipped to handle virtually any kind of pest normally found here in the UK, including common plant pests such as red spider mites and vine weevils. Pest Control Services offers same-day service in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford, and throughout all of Berkshire.

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