5 reasons to be vigilant about garden pests this winter
Though winter will officially start in less than a week, and garden pests may be far from your mind right now…you may want to start thinking about them and where they may be spending their time! Chances are, if you’ve had any issues with pests last season, they’re waiting in the wings to make a return performance this upcoming spring. If you haven’t stocked up on your pest control products, you should start now – here are our top 5 reasons to be vigilant about garden pests this winter:
Your house is cozy: During the winter, your house is a warm, brightly lit beacon of safety that calls out to pests who are getting a bit uncomfortable in the rain. Their internal clocks are letting them know that it’s time to hibernate and wait for spring and the warmer weather to get the plants blooming again. They need to rest for a few months and your house will do just fine.
Your attic is especially cozy: Even one-story homes have an attic, and they’re the optimal environment for bugs. Usually unused, dark, and just as warm as the rooms downstairs, an attic provides an dark space for these pests to wait out the winter.
Your walls are cozy, too: The walls in your home may not be as warm and inviting as the attic, but they still provide shelter from the wind, rain, snow, and other cold weather events. Insects are cold-blooded, so they don’t need to maintain a constant internal body temperature; their activity slows to help them save energy if the weather gets too cold, and they’ll love having the walls to cut that chill down by whatever they can get
Pests will hitch rides on your houseplants: Houseplants sometimes get their start as outdoor container garden, and then they’re brought inside to overwinter once the weather starts to get chilly. When the plants come inside garden pests like aphids, spider mites, gnats, and thrips will come inside right with them.
They love to overwinter in firewood: While their intent isn’t to be thrown in the fire, the stacks of logs you have piled up on your porch provides shelter to pests who are ready to hibernate, Bringing that wood to stack up next to your fireplace in case of a storm brings them all right along, too. While s lot of these hibernating pests aren’t a big concern for your house, when the weather gets warm they’ll scoot right back outside to make a snack out of your seedlings.
These areas are all places that pests such as spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, thrips, and fungus gnats may find safety while the weather takes a turn for the worse. This is why it’s a good idea to be aware of where to find these pests and get a head-start on spring. An easy way to make sure your ready when the weather warms up is making sure you’re stocked up on ECOWORKS EC 4-in-1 Pesticide. This totally organic, 4-in-1 product is manufactured using 100% high quality neem seed kernels from selective regions from south India and is formulated with cold pressed neem oil as the active ingredient and food grade formulation inerts. ECOWORKS EC is effective against powdery mildew, spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, thrips, fungus gnats, and plant diseases such as botrytis and pythium, making it a truly versatile pest control tool.
No matter where the creepy-crawlies are hiding this winter, ECOWORKS EC is ready to show them the door – and not in a friendly way!
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