Powdery Mildew Symptoms:
Symptoms of Powdery Mildew are similar to those of other types of mold infections such as white rot or black mold. The symptoms include:
1) Mold growth on walls, floors, furniture and appliances.
(Insects may not cause the same kind of damage but they do spread it. Dust mites are very common culprits.)
2) Stains on clothing, bedding and carpets.
3) Loss of appetite and weight loss.
4) Sore throat, cough, wheezing and difficulty breathing.
5) Skin rashes.
6) Eye irritation.
The most common symptom is staining of clothes, bedding and carpets. Other symptoms include:
1) Loss of appetite and weight loss.
2) Sore throat, cough, wheezing and difficulty breathing.
3) Skin rashes.
4) Eye irritation.
Powdery Mildew Baking Soda:
Baking soda is a natural and a cheap way of disinfecting infested places. It will eliminate the mold and prevent it from spreading. You can follow these steps to treat mold naturally with baking soda:
1) Put on gloves, safety goggles and a dust mask.
2) Remove all porous items from the place.
This includes cloth furniture, carpets and curtains.
3) Cover your floor with paper.
4) Mix one part baking soda with two parts water to make a paste.
5) Spread the mixture on all infested surfaces.
6) Let it sit for at least one hour.
7) Use a damp cloth or hose to wash off the paste.
8) Dry the surface thoroughly.
(If you use a humidifier the mold can grow faster.
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Effectiveness of whey against zucchini squash and cucumber powdery mildew by W Bettiol, HSA Silva, RC Reis – Scientia Horticulturae, 2008 – Elsevier
Use of agricultural and municipal organic wastes to develop suppressiveness to plant pathogens by A Tränkner – Biological control of plant diseases, 1992 – Springer
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A foliar spray of micronutrient solutions induces local and systemic protection against powdery mildew (Sphaerotheca fuliginia) in cucumber plants by M Reuveni, V Agapov, R Reuveni – European Journal of Plant Pathology, 1997 – Springer