Dry ice, which is frozen carbon dioxide, has many consumer uses. Most famous for its fun applications in science experiments, Halloween decorations, and theatre fog, it also has uses around the house. As spring arrives and plants sprout and flower, soon turning into summer, homeowner can find a myriad of uses for dry ice in the garden.
Grow Plants Faster
If you are looking to grow your plants faster, dry ice can assist. The carbon dioxide vapors will give your garden extra stimulation to grow. All you need to do is put a few pellets of dry ice near the target plant and let the dry ice sublimate toward the leaves. If you do this each day, you can see your plants grow quicker.
Delay Plant Growth
However, because of how cold dry ice is, at -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit, this substance can also keep plants dormant for longer. One must be careful not to freeze the plants by letting them have direct contact with the ice, but using dry ice to keep a room at 34 degrees will keep the flowers from blooming.
Dry ice is a common and effective refrigerant in many shipping industries. Companies use frozen CO2 to transport chocolates, artisan sweets, fresh meat, and frozen products like ice cream. If you own a flower delivery company, dry ice can retard when the flowers bloom while keeping them fresh; the recipients can enjoy the full glory of the flowers’ blooms.
Keep Out Mosquitos
Meanwhile, Maryland summers bring plenty of mosquitos. One only has to stand outside for a minute or so before getting bitten by several of the creatures. Mosquitos find human beings through not the smell of blood, but through carbon dioxide trails. Hanging up a bag of dry ice, along with a mosquito trap, can keep those pests away from your deck or patio.
Kill Off Pests
While mosquitos draw near to carbon dioxide, dry ice can also be lethal to pests in the yard. If you have a rodent, insect, or bug problem, dry ice can eliminate the population in the most humane way possible. Breathing in a high percentage of carbon dioxide can cause suffocation in both pests and humans.
Dry Ice Safety
For this reason, one of the top safety measures one must take when handling dry ice is to keep your workspace ventilated. You’ll want to store frozen CO2 in an insulated, but not airtight, cooler. Because of its frigid temperature, it is essential to wear protective gloves or use tongs to pick up the dry ice.
Dry Ice For All Your Needs
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our dry ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge amount of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200 or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.