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Worms for indoor plants

Worms for indoor plants


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Worms for indoor plants

In order to prevent an infestation of plant bugs and other insect pests on indoor plants. It is important to keep the number of insects at a minimum. This can be achieved by introducing one or more "worm" species into the greenhouse or indoor planter.

Benefits of worm pests

Plant bugs can be a real problem for homeowners and greenhouses. Their high fecundity and voracious appetite are known to greatly reduce the viability of plants, and can even reduce the health of the plants they prey upon.

Worms, on the other hand, produce no negative effects on plants. These worms are actually beneficial for many plants by way of breaking down and feeding on bacteria and insects which are normally harmful to plants. Some pest and disease problems can be alleviated by the introduction of worm parasites. A few different types of worms have been introduced to gardens and greenhouses. These include beneficial nematodes, earthworms, silverfish, and red wigglers.

Insect pest control

"Plant bug" refers to any insect that feeds on plant tissue and can be a serious problem for home growers. Plant bug species include leaf hoppers, mealybugs, scale insects, aphids, whitefly, soft scales, spider mites, thrips, etc. Some of these can cause so much damage that a home gardener may opt to apply insecticide. The problem with this is that the insecticide can be harmful to plants and may even be harmful to humans.

The use of "worms" has recently begun to catch on as a method of preventing insect pests. There are currently two main types of "worms" being used to control insect pests: earthworms and nematodes. An earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) is a naturally occurring, soil-dwelling, predatory animal that feeds primarily on bacteria, but it will feed on insect eggs and larvae if its food supply is restricted. A single earthworm can consume up to one pound of food per day. This high food intake means that a single earthworm can grow to a length of up to 18 ,inches in just a few days. Earthworms are considered by most people to be harmless to plants, and they are used to control "root-feeding" insects like whiteflies and slugs.

Nematodes (specifically Steinernema and Heterorhabditis) are microscopic roundworms that are beneficial to plant health. A single nematode can consume as much as 30 times its own length in just one day. For this reason, nematodes are widely used to control "pest" insects like red wigglers, leafhoppers, and spider mites. Nematodes also seem to have a broad-spectrum of activity against insect pests and other organisms that would normally harm plant growth. However, there is some concern about whether they could be used in environments with non-native species or in areas with other, more serious plant diseases.

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Category:Lawn care

Category:Ecological techniques

Category:Plant diseases



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