Pesticides inside? Easy does it

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November 12, 2005|By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI | JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Can you tell me what pesticides can interact? We used a flea bomb in the house not long ago, and now we think we brought bedbugs back. We don't want to overdose.

Wherever and whenever possible, avoid using pesticides inside your home. However, when absolutely necessary, use the least toxic pesticide and never use near food. You can call the National Pesticide Information Center at 800-858-7378 for questions about interactions and health risks of specific pesticides.

My mother had a cyclamen houseplant for years, and it was doing beautifully until last week when the leaves turned pale yellow. (Some new green leaves are coming up in the center.) What happened?

Your mother has been fortunate to have her cyclamen so long. Usually cyclamens are considered seasonal plants and discarded after flowering, because it's difficult to get them to re-flower. They are tuberous plants and they need a rest period. When blooming stops, gradually reduce the amount of water. Wait for foliage to die back, then store the pot in a cool (45 degrees-50 degrees) dark spot for three or four months. Then return it to warmer temperatures and begin to water again. New growth will appear. Your mother should decrease watering to begin the dormant period now.

Checklist

Take a soil sample of turf or garden areas that haven't been tested for three years. For soil testing information, call our toll-free number below or go to our Web site and click "publications," then click "soils and composting" and click HG No. 110 and HG No. 110a.

Store pesticides in a location where they will not freeze.

Jon Traunfeld, regional specialist, and Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, work at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center. Call the center's "hotline" at 800-342-2507 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) or e-mail through the Send a Question feature at hgic.umd.edu.

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