Plants are a large source of happiness for many homes. Because of this, it is important to know if the pest control being used in your house is harmful to your plants. While pesticides are designed to kill pests, insecticides are used to kill insects. Pesticides and insecticides can possibly damage plants and the range of harm is wide. There are steps that you can follow to either prevent or limit this damage in the garden.

Chemical plant injury is known as phytotoxicity. The most susceptible plants to phytotoxicity are herbaceous plants. Woody plants are better with pesticides and insecticides but, chemicals can still be detrimental to any new growth that the plants may undertake. There are many factors on whether or not a plant will be harmed by these chemicals. Some signs of possible damage include leaf burn, leaf drop, discolored leaves, curled leaves, abnormal plant growth and plant death. Watch out for these signs to figure out whether or not pest control is harming your foliage.

To prevent the result of phytotoxicity, it is best to limit the use of chemical pesticides on or around plants. Using organic solutions is the best solution when keeping your greenery in mind. If the problem needs a non-organic chemical solution, make sure to read the labels carefully and follow instructions closely on when and how to use the pesticides or insecticides. It is also important to avoid using these chemicals on windy days. The wind will cause the pesticides to drift to other susceptible plants.

If you want to specifically protect your plants from insects and pests, there are other steps you can take before pesticides or insecticides such as biological controls, horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps. These are more organic solutions to pest plant-related issues and if you have any questions or need help with removing the insects, give the Green Pest Defense a call. These remedies can sometimes work but in the end, professional pest control is always the best solution.

You can protect your plants without harming their growth or appearance. The Green Pest Defense is environmentally conscious and it is part of our mission to make sure that every service is customized, affordable and green. If you need help getting rid of pests in your home, reach out and we can make sure to get the job done while keeping your plants safe and healthy.

Has your plant ever been negatively affected by a pesticide or insecticide?