Fungi Is Everywhere!
Different types of fungus can be found in too many places to name. However, some examples of where they can be located include your landscape, forests, and even you. Scientists were able to estimate that there were approximately 2.2 to 3.8 million species of fungi! Even though that is the case, the majority of those species have not yet been found.
What Is Fungi?
Fungi are phenomenal organisms. Inhabiting every environment on this earth, Fungi can be microscopic or can be seen with the naked human eye. The structure of fungi usually consists of hyphae which are usually thread-like filaments or roots. A group of hyphae is called a mycelium. They can reproduce sexually or asexually. They can reproduce asexually via spores. Like all organisms, fungi want to survive and reproduce. Fungi astoundingly have existed approximately 35 million years prior to land plants.
How Do They Live?
Fungi have a phenomenal ability to eat a wide viraety of things. They are heterotrophic and saprotrophs. Heterotrophic means that in order for their nutritional and metabolic needs to be fulfilled, all they need is carbon. Saprotrophs are organisms are able to attain all the needed nutrients from non-living organic material. Fungi are able to break down a viraety of different subject matter like dead animals, plants, and even plastic.
However, there are some fungi that have the ability to be parasitic. When fungi are parasitic they infiltrate and attain nutrients from living organisms. When the fungi is parasitic it has the possibility of causing disease.
What Can They Do?
You may be wondering how does or how can it can effect your everyday life? When looking into it, fungi has a lot of economic importance. Yeast is a type of fungi that is used to help raise bread. Mushrooms are also a type of fungi, and some of the mushrooms that exist are used frequently in food dishes. It is also used in drinks such as wine and beer.
Fungi also helps make medicine such as penicillin, mycophenolate, and micafungin. Pest control. It has even helped a greater of understanding of genetics in biochemistry, specifically the restriction enzyme.
Fungi and Fun Facts
Indoor Plants Benefits in Louisiana
Indoor plants are great to look at in either the home or office. Besides their aesthetic value, they have plenty of other great benefits listed below.
The best way to get the most of out of indoor plants is to have at least one 6" indoor potted plant for every 100 square feet of building. Also, use different plants to get different benefits. If this seems like too many plants watch over, you could use a few large indoor plants or at least put plants in the areas you use the most, such as the kitchen, living room or bed room. Try to use an indoor six foot tree in open corners of a room. A small six inch potted plant can easily find a spot in most bathrooms.
Indoor plants can help fight disease
Indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, and other flu symptoms by more than 28 percent. This as been associated with indoor plants ability to increase humidity and reduce dust. Eucalyptus can directly help clear cold symptoms such as congestion. The increased oxygen and removal of air contaminates reduces the chance for headaches. Plants reduce stress which reduces blood pressure.
Indoor plants improve air quality
We all know that plants produce fresh oxygen by filtering out carbon dioxide in the air for us and our pets to breath. The more fresh oxygen in our homes, the better we will feel. Indoor plants also raise humidity levels and reduce dust and smoke in the air.
Additionally, indoor plants can filter a number of other harmful pollutants in the air of our home or office, including ammonia, benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. Different plants are more able to filter different toxic air pollutants, so it is a good idea to have a variety of plants.
Indoor plants improve your health
Indoor plants are known to increase production and creativity in office buildings with indoor plants in sight of people's desk. Increased oxygen at night will help you sleep better and wake feeling more rested. Plants like the aloe plant can be used for burns. Caring for plants has been shown to keep people active and improve mental health, especially in depressed and elderly people. Early exposure for children to plants allows them to build up tolerances toward allergens that would affect them more harshly in adulthood.
Indoor plants improve your environment
Indoor plants reduce dust and increase the humidity of the air around them. The increase humidity and reduced dust can lead to indoor heating and cooling savings by regulating the indoor temperature. Something to think about next time you are complaining how hot it is in the middle of August in southern Louisiana.
Indoor plants also reduce background noise by being natural sound dampeners. They are a great natural way to quiet down loud areas of your home or office. Indoor plants can reduce smells. Put a few indoor plants near office restrooms or break areas to maintain a more neutral scent.
Professional Indoor Plant Care
GreenSeasons can install and maintain indoor plants for you. We provide indoor plants in the Greater Baton Rouge, Greater New Orleans, Slidell, Hammond and Covington areas. If you would like to meet with someone about indoor plants, just click here and we will give you a call.
If you would simply like some advice, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
Hay Fever and Ragweed in Louisiana
It's autumn. A great time of year that brings cooler temperatures, football, changing colors and, unfortunately, hay fever. Fall allergies are a reality for about 75% of people with spring allergies and rag weed is a major culprit. Mold hidden in old piles of leaves and dust mites lurking around your office also play a role in your feeling miserable. Ragweed pollen simply makes things unbearable since its pollen can travel hundreds of miles so there is really no escaping the hay fever it brings.
How to Identify Ragweed
Ragweed flowers are greenish yellow in small growths on its stems. Its stems are purplish green, hairy and branching. Ragweed gives a look-a-like plant, goldenrod, a bad reputation. Goldenrod has a much larger pollen that does not cause the allergies associated with ragweed. You can tell goldenrod apart from ragweed by a few simple features. Goldenrod is on a single, non-branching, stem and its flowers are bright yellow.
Ragweed Allergy Relief
Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been ranked in the top 10 worst cities for allergies for a while now and this year it has moved up to number 7. New Orleans is not far behind at number 11. Click here for a list of the top 100 worst cities for allergies in the United States. Here are some steps to alleviate the pain these allergies bring.
GreenSeasons weed control and lawn fertilization is a great choice to reduce the weeds in your yard. If you are having trouble with weed control, just click here and we will give you a call.
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Get Rid of Dust Mites
Dust Mites Think Your Home Is Great
Dust mites reside mostly in your carpets, rugs, drapes and central air ducts. Their basic diet consists of pet dander, pollen, fungi and your skin. Don't worry about the skin thing, it is only your dead skin that has fallen off of you and onto the floor. You lose about an ounce of skin per month and dust mites just love it. Since you can't change this, you have to find a different way to get rid of them. If you or a family member have a dust mite allergy, you know they are everywhere. If you don't have allergies then you really shouldn't be too worried about them.
Pets and Dust Mites
Pets leave dandruff for dust mites to eat, and they leave a lot of it. The longer they are in an area, the more dandruff they will leave. It is best to have them sleep in a room other than a bed room, especially one with carpet. The best place for them to sleep would be a room with wood, concrete or tile floors. Create a comfortable location on the floor with a washable pet bed so they will leave most of their dandruff there and not on your furniture, which you will have more trouble washing.
Best Practices for Dust Mites
Use your vacuum on carpets, upholstered furniture, mattresses and curtains regularly. Wash and rugs, sheets and blankets routinely. If you have a dog, be sure to keep him on a regular schedule for cleaning. Doing these things will remove some of the dust mites, but the real goal is to reduce their food supply. This will reduce the number of dust mites.
Dust Mites Cannot Take the Cold
Turn on your air conditioner, yes even in the winter, for a day or two, during the day while you are gone. Lower your humidity to 50% if you have the option on your central air unit. The combination of cold air an low humidity will both freeze and dehydrate them dust mites. The reason this happens is dust mites absorb water through their skin from the air instead of drinking it.