Fumigation Foggers & Plants

Whenever you have a pest problem, it’s vital that you address it immediately to stop total infestation. An effective, convenient way to kill bugs en masse would be to use a fumigation fogger. When you have houseplants, nevertheless, there are specific actions you need to take to ensure they’re not harmed by the strong pesticides contained in the fogger. Before you undertake a DIY fumigation fogger job, learn what to do to keep your plants safe and healthy before, during and after this process.

Fumigation Fogger Facts

Homeowners often use fumigation foggers to eliminate unwanted insects in one or more rooms in their property. Fumigation foggers are aerosol cans which contain the active ingredients pyrethrins — artificial insecticides — along with synergists — ingredients which intensify the action of this insecticides. Instructions for using fumigation foggers with these components educate the consumer to remove all plants from the targeted fumigation area. Leaving plants in the home during fumigation may have a detrimental impact on them.

Careful Container Conveyance

Since moving houseplants may have a negative impact on them if not done properly, it’s vital that you take appropriate steps when removing plants from the fumigation area. Place several smaller potted plants in cardboard boxes wedged against one another to prevent them from tipping over during transportation from the home. Hand carry or use a dolly to transfer bigger plants to a vehicle for transportation to a secure site.

Safe Storage Choice

Pick a secure place to store your plants during the fogging process. As most houseplants prefer temperatures between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit at night, choose a location that meets these requirements. Place plants in a climate-controlled garage or leave them in the home of a family member or neighbor until they may be safely transported back home. Never store plants in a vehicle during the fumigation session in seasons with extreme temperature highs and lows.

Post-Pesticide Procedures

After fogging, open the windows of your own home to air out any remaining fumes which may be detrimental to your plants. A window of 30 to 60 minutes is sufficient to clear the home, particularly when you open windows on every side of the home to make cross-ventilation. After the airing-out process, during which indoor temperatures can fluctuate, shut the windows and increase or lower the temperature of the home to the normal level prior to bringing the houseplants back inside. Place the plants back in their first spots to guarantee they are exposed to their normal problems.

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