Thursday, January 10, 2013

Winter Tips From Laird Landscaping

The winter months can be harsh on all living creatures. Many times critters and insects will seek refuge in our homes to escape the elements. They can be a nuisance as well as a danger to our houseplants.
  • There are all sorts of nasty little bugs loitering around our homes in the winter months. Common insects include house flies, squash bugs, and multi-colored Asian ladybugs. As you come across them, vacuum them up. Don't squish them. They can stain and will stink.
  • Don't store firewood in the house. Go collect it as needed from the outdoors. It can be a haven for destructive bugs such as termites. 
  • Bathe your pets regularly. Dogs and cats are perfect vessels for all sorts of destructive insects to hitch a ride on only to be ushered into your house to nosh on your prized poinsettias. 
  • Keep your indoor plants moist. As the weather is colder, you can wait longer between waterings but continue to use the same amount.
  • Water isn't absorbed as quickly in the winter months and you don't need stagnant water. You're just providing a watering hole for insects.
  • Use fly traps in rooms where you keep houseplants. Clumsy little fruit flies will fly right into these traps and will prevent your houseplants from getting grazed upon. There's nothing more annoying then seeing those little bite marks on leaves.
For more information on how to prevent your precious plants from becoming a little bug's Christmas dinner, contact Houston area Laird Landscaping.

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