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LankaWeb GMOA President Misleading the Public – Lankaweb

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on June 22nd, 2021

Dr Anurudha Padeniya, President of the GMOA in a LankaCNews presentation overwhelmed this writer with trepidation and fear. What is his mission in public fear-mongering?

The title of his talk (in Sinhala) was Agrochemical which is a mass-exterminator kills ten times more than Corona. He claims that while the Corona has killed 500 patients per year, the Rajarata Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu) kills ten times more. Incidentally, the etiology of the kidney disease is now known, and the u from the acronym, should be removed. He confidently claims that CKD is caused by agrochemicals. Regrettably, he appears to know neither the research nor the statistics on the subject.

No evidence that the kidney disease is caused by agrochemicals

First, let me present a quick profile of the key research findings.

International Consultation on CKDu in Sri Lanka (2017) concluded that there was NO EVIDENCE that agrochemicals caused CKDu.

Dr. Padeniya is still in 2013, when a WHO study tentatively stated that CkDu patients secreted more trace amounts of cadmium, arsenic and some pesticide residues in their urine, compared to reference limits. However, the Report, for some unknown reason, did not reveal, as shown from subsequent analysis of the raw data, that there were two to four times more subjects in the non-CKD control area (Hambantota) with HIGHER cadmium, arsenic and pesticide levels than in the CKD area.

A dramatic study compared two adjacent villages in Girandurukotte, namely, Badulupura, on high ground where the people exclusively drank water from dug wells and Sarabhumi in the plain where the people drank water from the river, reservoir or wells dug close to their homes. The Baduluprua people contracted the disease, which affecting virtually none from Sarabhumi. Analysis of the water in the wells in the Badulupura and Sarabhumi revealed that the Badulupura water was hard and heavily contaminated with fluoride, a highly nephrotoxic chemical, while being FREE OF AGROCHEMICALS.

Further evidence for a role for fluoride in the disease is that CKD patients also often have dental fluorosis.

Several independent research groups also have shown that high fluoride and magnesium contents in the hard water of the wells (fed by regolith aquifers) were the causative agents of CKD.

Further, the Medical Faculty, University of Peradeniya and the Institute of Fundamental studies, showed that rats fed with fluoride containing hard water contracted the disease, but not those fed with tap water.This was independently confirmed by Dr. Thammitiyagoda et al using well water from an endemic area (Ceylon Medical Journal 2018).

University of Tokyo studies on input water (2020) used in reverse-osmosis units in Ginnoruwa also confirmed the link to fluoride and magnesium, and the absence of agrochemicals in the water.

Meanwhile, Badulupura households were provided roof-top tanks for harvesting rainwater. Consequently, with the drinking of rain water, the incidence of CKDu in the village DECLINED over the years.

Now people in the CKDu affected areas are aware of the etiological agent and avoid drinking well water. With all this evidence deleting the u from CKDu is justifiable

Fertilizer and pesticide consumption

Displaying a copy of the Dinamina, Dr Padeniya uncritically claimed that Sri Lanka is the worlds highest consumer of agrochemicals as reported in that paper. Regrettably, He has rushed to the microphone without checking authentic sources.

Table 1 gives the World Bank fertilizer and pesticide consumption figures of several countries which shows that Sri Lanka consumes the LEAST amount of agrochemicals in this part of the world, even below India. That is not all. As reported by the Department of Agriculture, from 2006, we have reduced the use of the most toxic, Class 1 and 2 pesticides by 98% and 29% respectively, and increased the least toxic ones of Class 3 and 4 by 91% and 41% respectively.

However, there is rampant overuse of agrochemicals resulting in the presence of phosphates and nitrogen in the runoff water. But, according to chemical analyses by Prof. Chandrajith et al., University of Peradeniya, no heavy metals above reference levels have been detected in the aquatic bodies, confirming the studies by University of Tokyo. So educating the farmers and misinformed gurus like Dr. Padeniya is needed. I have, in my The Island article, May 19, 2021, already dealt with the need to educate the farmers for which strengthening the drastically run down agricultural extension service is a critical need.

Returning to old food habits and traditional varieties

The good doctor is recommending a return to old food habits and traditional rice varieties which, he claims, are more nutritious and healthy another claim unsubstantiated by appropriate research.

Together with Ven. Ratana and the toxin-free agriculture group, during the Yahapalana regime, Dr. Padeniya claims planting traditional varieties (TVs) or rice which yield at best only 30-40% of that of the new improved varieties (NIVs); see Table 2. His claims that although low yielding, the TVs have high nutritious with health benefits. Sadly, he is not aware that, apart from very high yields some of the new varieties have much of those attributes. However, the staple food provides the calories, while the other nutrients are usually obtained from other foods.

If we go back to the TVs, as evident from Table 2, we need at least double the current extent of land under rice to feed the population. And where is the land? Norman Borlaug, Nobel Laureate and the Father of the Green Revolution, addressing the Nobel forum in 2000, reminded the environmentalists and other critics of the Green Revolution technologies, the likes of Dr Padeniya, that had the pre-green revolution of yields of the 1950s remained today the world would need three times more land to feed the population with far more disastrous environmental consequences than we have today with conventional farming.

Re-installing sekkuvas in the villages for coconut oil production Another of Dr Padeni

yas half-baked recommendations is to make pure coconut oil using sekkuwas (stone mills worked by oxen), to stop palm oil consumption. Palm oil is the worlds number one vegetable oil with an over 40% global output; and over 50% inclusion in our food etc. Its as safe as any other saturated fats, and many health benefits have been claimed for it. He is one of the key advisers to the governments foolish move to ban palm oil and uproot existing oil palm cultivations. However, the palm oil import ban had to be lifted. No country has banned palm oil except Sri Lanka.

The sekkuwa proposal is more pie in the sky than going fully organic. Besides, it carries the high risk of afflotoxin contamination. The villagers usually sun and air-dry the coconut kernel, thus inviting the fungus Aspergillus to produce afflotoxin. According to a Coconut Research Institute food expert, a sekkuwa cannot be totally cleaned of bits of poonac, an ideal medium for Aspergillus growth.

Dr Padeniya often quotes the wise words of Hippocrates(460-370 BC), the father of medicine: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. And yet, Dr. Padeniya knows that even the best food cannot save the world from viral epidemics. Did he not get his vaccine shots? Even if food were the only issue, the massive and increasing global population and the limited land and water, make conventional agriculture the only viable approach, while ever correcting its weaknesses. Organic farming experts like Adrian Mueller agree that its two percent output can never be increased to feed the world. It was abandoned in the 1850s when, even then, it failed to provide food to the increasing population globally.

Dr. Padeniya says we have been eating poison since 1950, but our life expectancy has steadily increased since then. It is far more appropriate in the current context of global agriculture for him to preach the wise words of the father of pharmacology, Bombastus Paracelsus, rather than those of Hippocrates: All substances are poisons, there is nothing which is not a poison. It is the dosage that differentiates poison and remedy. The farmers need to judiciously use agrochemicals. Then the poison becomes remedy.

He would also do well to remember the wise words of Lord Buddha: Speak only when you feel that your words are better than your silence.

Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha

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Arlington Rodent Control – My Exterminator

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on June 6th, 2021

Like other pests, mice and rats enter your home in search of shelter and food. It can be difficult to keep these rodents out of your house because they can squeeze through very small openings. Generally, any hole large enough for their heads will provide sufficient space for their bodies to slip inside your house. It is essential to seal openings around windows, foundations, entryways and garage doors as well as utility lines entering the home. Rodents are excellent climbers that can invade your house through openings near soffit and gable end vents. You should clear away any landscaping or trees that provide access to the roof and other possible entry points.

Once inside these pests contaminate food with their saliva and droppings. They can cause significant damage by gnawing on wood and electrical wiring. Mice and rats carry a wide range of diseases that threaten the health of your family. These include rat bite fever, rabies and Hantavirus. Once they establish a nest, these rodents can multiply rapidly. It takes an effective program to eliminate an infestation.

In addition to sealing openings and pest-proofing stored food, you will need to bait and trap the rodents already inside your house. Most do-it-yourself bait and trap programs fail because people do not set out enough of the right type of lures or traps. Although cheese is the favored bait in cartoons, it is usually ineffective. It takes a different type of trap to catch a rat versus a mouse. You should contact a professional exterminator at the first sign of trouble. We can develop and implement an effective solution to your unique situation. Contact our office for a free no-obligation quote.

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Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on June 6th, 2021

Seal-Up! A mouse needs a hole about the size of a nickel, a rat needs a hole about the size of a silver dollar to enter you home. Without a pest-exclusion service, you may have a difficult time controlling a rat or mouse infestation. Pest-Exclusion services by Universal Pest & Termite.

Trap-Up!There are a couple of options for eliminating an active rodent infestation. Using store-bought traps may remove a few rats or mice but are you really solving the problem? Leave this one to the professionals. Improper placement or size of a rodent trap can be a mistake.

Clean-Up! This step is a big one when dealing with rats or mice. Because rodents are known for leaving a mess behind you need a plan to clean up after. This could mean contaminated insulation removal, air duct cleaning and especially a sanitize treatment to all contaminated areas. Up to 30% of the air you breathe comes from your attic and crawl space.

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Protecta EVO Express Bait Station – Do My Own

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on June 6th, 2021

Quick and easy to use. Tamper resistant for peace of mind with children and pets. Multiple options for baiting and trapping.

One Protecta EVO Key is included with each order. You can order more here:Keys for Protecta EVO Bait Stations.

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I have been using a pest control service for the rats we have. I am being charged $90.00 for them to come and refill the bait boxes. I decided I am tired of paying such a high price. I found this vendor online and ordered my own bait and boxes. The order came in quickly and nothing was damaged. The boxes are exactly like the ones the pest control service use! By doing this myself, I will be saving tons of money! Thanks for offering the public, products we can use ourselves.

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These bait stations were recommended to me as the most effective bait station used by professionals. However, after getting them, I ended up not needing them and was dreading the return shipping cost because it's a 65lb box. DMOPC happily sent me a prepaid return label that reflected *their* cost for shipping, which was a tiny fraction of what I would have paid. They then deducted the postage from my refund. It was quick and easy and I would do business with them again in a heartbeat. You don't often find customer service like this anymore.

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We had 2 of the 6 units come in and had damage to them, DoMyOwn was quick to get the replacements out to us and I am very satisfied. These are so nice since they have the weights built into them and not having to worry about the racoons carrying them off.

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I love the fact that there are weights pre-installed on these units. And you have to do is take them out of box install the sticks, and place the bait.

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I bought 4 and put them around my yard. I had many several rat holes and was even seeing young rats during they day. These stations are heavy duty and sit solid on the ground. Very professional station. The rats seem to be gone after 2 months since they are no longer eating and no sightings. Thank you for creating this great product for customers. It saves lots of money for customers in exterminator expense. Exterminators would put these kind of stations around your yard. Much more cost effective to do it yourself.

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Double G Pest Control, Inc: The Experts for Mosquito Control and Extermination in Quincy Illinois Latest News on The News Front – The News Front

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 26th, 2021

Mosquitoes are much more than a just a nuisance. For centuries theyve plagued humans, carrying diseases, and spreading them to our kind. They can infest our homes and businesses, both indoors and outdoors, and due to the rate at which they multiply and their resilience against shop-bought preventions, they can be difficult to eliminate.

Double G Pest Control, Inc are one of the most reputable pest control companies in Quincy Illinois. They provide pest control for mosquitoes to residential and commercial properties who want to enlist the services of trained, qualified professionals.

While you can fight the issue at home yourself, as we outline below, mosquitos are prone to return, and the process of elimination may require more research, repairs, and solutions than you have time for.

If youre struggling with a mosquito infestation, or youre worried about one developing, heres how you can deal with it or prevent it:

There are many ways to deal with a mosquito infestation, but the most effective is to call a pest control specialist.

Should you wish to try and tackle the issue yourself, there are products you can buy and things you can do to try and eradicate these pests. This includes:

The absolute best pest way to deal with a mosquito infestation is to enlist the services of a pest control specialist such as Double G Pest Control, Inc.

These are trained experts who can not only eliminate the issue but help you to identify why the mosquitoes choose your home or workplace to lay their eggs and cause havoc. Through thorough investigation and knowledge, they can identify why the mosquitoes are thriving, the areas that are the route of the problem, and implement the correct solutions to prevent it from happening again.

Double G Pest Control, Inc was founded by Greg Goodwin, an industry expert with over 25 years of experience. Nobody in Illinois has more experience or dedication within pest control, and Double G should be your first port of call should you need the help of a trained expert.

Mosquitos can be an issue both inside and outside of our home and workplaces. Once you have an infestation on your hands, it can be difficult to stop without the expert help of a pest control specialist. You can avoid such issues by following these guidelines inside your home:

To avoid mosquitoes outside of your home, you can:

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How Much Does Bed Bug Extermination Cost? | Angi [Angie’s …

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 26th, 2021

To completely rid your home of bed bugs, hiring a professional exterminator is recommended. Most states require their insect pros to be licensed, but be sure to ask how long any contractor or company has been in business and if they've ever dealt with a bed bug infestation. Experience with ants, termites or beetles isn't the same bed bugs presenta unique challenge for any exterminator.

Also, look for a company that uses the integrated pest management (IPM) approach. Instead of relying entirely on pesticides or chemicals, IPM uses a combination of chemical measures, preventive measures, and sanitation to improve efficacy and limit environmental impact.

How much does it cost to professionally remove bed bugs?

For a full bed bug removal, expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500, depending on the method you choose and the experience of your exterminator. Most will charge you a fee for consultation, which includes visiting your home and doing a thorough inspection.

Don't be shy about asking questions as they move through the home.Reputable contractors should be willing and able to explain to you what they're doing, why they're doing it and how they're going to treat your problem. Some also offer or refer dog services, employing specially trained dogs to sniff out evidence of bugs.

Professional pest control companies may offer several treatments to meet your needs. Spray pesticides are still common the Environmental Protection Agency lists more than 300 products for mattress, room and whole-home elimination.

Some companies also use a more high-tech version of heat treatment, which involves specialized equipment used to heat your home above 120 degrees and kill bugs everywhere they hide.

As a side benefit, other harmful bacteria and mold can also be eliminated using this treatment. Although you will have to leave your house during the heat procedure, it will not cause damage to your property or possessions.

Structural fumigation is your last choice; this involves completely tarping your home and evacuating it for several days. During the process, gas is released to permeate every inch of the house, including behind walls and under floors.

If you choose fumigation, make sure to pick a company that is licensed to use these highly volatile chemicals.They have very specific handling and use requirements.

Getting rid of bed bugs is challenging. But with the right treatment plan in the hands of an experienced professional, your home can be thoroughly cleaned and protected against further infestation.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on June 20, 2013.

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Volunteers needed to harvest excess farm produce to feed people in need – Lewiston Sun Journal

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 26th, 2021

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Androscoggin Gleaners are looking for volunteers for the summer and fall growing season. We are affiliated with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Androscoggin, and work with local farms to harvest excess produce and put it into the hands of organizations that fill emergency food needs in our community.

We visit our farm partners on a regular basis to harvest for an hour and half to two hours before splitting up the harvest and delivering it to various food access sites in the area such as pantries, housing facilities, libraries and others. We provide all the training and tools required. Volunteers need only bring a willing spirit!

Find us on Facebook @AndroscogginGleaners or contact us at [emailprotected] if you are interested in joining us or would like more information. Scott, no town

ANSWER: What a wonderful way to be out in the sunshine getting some exercise, making new friends and helping others. More people than you can guess are food-insecure. I hope Sun Spotters will join in this effort by spreading the word and volunteering if you possibly can.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Alas, the lost, lamented Birdman sandwich (May 17 Sun Spots), did indeed die a premature death with the closing of One Stop.

However, Bates College grad Rich Rittenger, Class of 1987, revived it at his tavern, The Lakehouse in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. I am told Mr. Rittenger fought off more than one attempt by his chef to remove the item from the menu. Darius, Bates College Class of 1988, Albany, New York

ANSWER: The Lakehouse does indeed have the Birdman on their menu for $11.95. For those who dont know, this sandwich is a colossal concoction made with fried chicken topped with roasted turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo on a grilled roll. The website is Im thinking about making a pilgrimage. Who wants to come?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In answer to the squirrel question in the May 19 Sun Spots, I had flying squirrels inside my house for one dreadful year. Theyre considered a protected species so no exterminator would take the job of ridding the house of them. We ended up capturing or killing more than 100 of them.

The ultimate solution, believe it or not, was to spray coyote urine around the exterior of the house. After that they wouldnt come near the place. Those inside ended up not wanting to leave, so we caught whoever was left and eventually cleared the house. The dog didnt like going outside with the coyote smell around the front door, either, so we had to leash her and pull her outside for about three months.

Coyote urine also comes in pellets that can be sprinkled around, and it scares off most animals. Its available at Home Depot and many hardware stores, and not expensive. Warning: Dont get it on yourself. Its an awful smell that doesnt easily wash off! Judy, no town

ANSWER: That sounds like a nightmare for you and Im relieved it has ended. Im going to try it myself and see if it helps as the red squirrels at my house taunt me constantly. It can be quite unsettling!

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Why there are suddenly loads of ants in your house – and how to get rid of them – My London

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 13th, 2021

Warmer weather and open windows can lead to some unwelcome guests coming into your house.

Wasps, mosquitoes, fruit flies, bluebottles - there are many little pests that like to invade homes in the summer months, and it can be hard to stop them when it's too warm to keep windows and doors closed.

Ants, in particular, can be a big problem because they can enter through cracks in the walls rather than just an open door or window.

They often come into houses in search of food and, in particularly dry spells, water.

That's why you're most likely to find ants in your kitchen and bathrooms, and it can feel like you're fighting a losing battle when you try and get rid of hundreds of the tiny insects.

Deterring ants can actually be quite simple, and household products can be surprisingly effective - here's how to get rid of ants in your house.

Ants live in colonies, often containing hundreds or even thousands of them, and they are masters of co-operation.

You'll often see ants marching in a line towards a source of food or water. This is because when worker ants find a piece of food they place a tiny droplet of pheromone on the ground and then trail the pheromones back to the nest.

The rest of the colony can then follow the trail to the food source - and you've got yourself an infestation.

There are a few preventative measures you can take to stop ants entering your house, and they mainly involve cutting off access to food.

Sticky and sweet foods are a particular attraction for ants, so make sure you put away fruit and clean up spills of things like honey promptly.

If you already have ants in your house, don't stress about calling in an exterminator just yet. It can be quite easy to get rid of ants in natural ways that don't damage the wider ecosystem.

Ants are an important part of urban ecosystems and can be beneficial predators. They also help to spread the seeds of native plants and keep things clean and tidy - going after crumbs and discarded food isn't always a bad thing.

With that in mind, it's better to deter ants rather than use insecticide to kill them. Many insecticides will hurt other insects, and it isn't always necessary to kill ants to get them to go away.

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The best and easiest thing to do to get rid of ants is to keep the area clean. Using a normal household cleaner in the areas where you've seen ants crawling will disrupt the pheromone trail, meaning they won't know where to go to get to the food and water and should leave you alone.

Vinegar or bleach can also be used to disrupt the chemical trail and deter the ants from the area, as can simple soapy water.

Everyday products like Vaseline or vinegar can also be used as barriers around access points, such as small gaps in window panes or door frames.

Keeping the general area clean and free of exposed food will also help drive the ants away - if there's no food to search for, they won't need to be in your house.

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Indianapolis Exterminator Helping Residents With Bed Bugs – Digital Journal

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 13th, 2021

Bed bugs are a particular pest that people are not fond of finding in their home or business. These little hitchhikers get around easily and stealthily, often going unnoticed until they have had time to infest an area. Indianapolis Bed Bug Specialists is helping Indianapolis residents rid their property of these tiny unwanted pests.

The history of the bed bug dates back to ancient Egypt. Just let that sink in for a minute. What many people once thought a silly nighttime phrase, these are in fact real pests that can be very overwhelming to deal with, the business manager said. Not many people were very familiar with them just 20 years ago because they werent popping up in cities everywhere. Nowadays, it seems more people are becoming aware of this nuisance of a pest.

Bed bugs have been around for a long time, but seemed to have been conquered at one point when DDT was discovered in 1939. Unfortunately, 60 years later this particular pest made a re-emergence that seemed to be resistant to pesticide. In low-income neighborhoods and apartments it seems that many are forced to live with a bed bug issue and this is unsettling.

Bed bugs can spread quickly so in areas where you have close proximity living quarters, the potential to obtain a bedbug issue is higher. And even without fault of your own which can be even more frustrating, the manager said. Its important to inspect your room when you travel but its also important to routinely check your own home and living space.

Inspections can be done without the help of a professional, however, most bed bug exterminator companies prefer to do their own inspection because it helps them draft the best treatment plan. Regardless, doing an inspection can help prevent a serious problem because if they are noticed right away, it typically takes fewer treatments to resolve the issue.

However, if the problem persists, unnoticed or not, it will likely require additional treatments to completely remove them, the manager added. Thats why we always encourage property owners to contact an expert at the very first suspicion or discovery of bed bugs. The sooner you act the less you can expect in treatment expenses.

To schedule a bed bug inspection in Hamilton County with Indianapolis Bed Bug Specialists, the company can be reached by phone or on their website. They provide bed bug services as well as other residential pest control solutions.


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If You See This in Your Attic, Call an Exterminator Now – Best Life

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 13th, 2021

As the weather heats up, it's not a huge surprise to have some unwanted visitors make their way into your home, from ants to flies. And while some signs of a pest infestation are obvious, others are surprisingly subtleespecially when those pests make their way into areas of your house that aren't always occupied, like your attic. However, experts say there are some surefire ways to find out if an unwanted visitor has taken up residence in your home. Read on to find out which signs in your attic mean you've got a pest problem you can't ignore.

RELATED: If You Live Here, Prepare for a Mosquito Invasion Like You've Never Seen.

If you notice shredded paper showing up in your attic, it's time to call an exterminator immediately.

"Rats love to gnaw stuff, so this can be an indication that you have rats in your home," says Ryan Smith, an entomologist, pest control expert, and owner of Ant & Garden Organic Pest Control.

Smith also notes that if you see frayed wires in your attic, that's a likely sign you've got rats hiding out in your spaceand this destructive habit could also make your home a fire risk.

If that well-placed insulation keeping your attic warm appears askew out of nowhere, it's time to call an exterminator.

Preston Crandell, owner of Crandell Pest Control, says that rats and other rodents can "tunnel through blown-in insulation [and] create these pathways that look as if a snake traveled through them."

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Keeping plants in a finished attic is a great way to brighten up the spaceand the health of these green additions can quickly inform you if you've got pests camping out in your home.

"If you see plants with damaged leaves or branches, it's not just because you forgot to water your greensit can be because some bugs are feeding on them," says Smith. The most common culprits? Aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, fungus gnats, whiteflies, and pill bugs frequently cause destruction of indoor plants, according to Janet McLeod Scott, a horticulture information specialist at Clemson University.

While virtually every wall in a lived-in home will get a few marks on it over time, if you're noticing new marks on the walls of your attic on a regular basis, you may have a cockroach problem.

"Smear marks from watery excretions" are one of the "tell-tale signs that you are battling an infestation," says Ed Spicer, CEO of Pest Strategies. However, Spicer says that clearing your attic of food and cleaning up any standing water, whether it arises due to a plumbing issue, spilled water, or a leaky roof, may help keep this problem at bay.

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