How to Get Rid of Houseplants Pests

Indoor plants are beautiful to keep in your indoor space. However, when pests invade, they take the joy out of the stunning plants. Bugs infestation can be frustrating, and when you fail to control them, your plants will wither and finally die. Besides terrorizing your plants, they can also attack the comfort of your living room, and no one wants to have such an experience.

Fortunately, managing pests on your indoor plants requires minimal effort. Read on to learn how to do away with houseplants bugs and prevent their attacks.

Common Bugs that Infest Houseplants and How to Get Rid of Them

There are different species of bugs that can invade your indoor plants. Here are the most common:

Mealybugs

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These are slow-moving insects that appear like they have a flour-like covering. Even though they are small, they are among the toughest pests to eradicate from plants. You can spot them on the leaves or around the stem joints. They harm your indoor plants by sucking sap from the stem joints, thereby weakening the plants.

Get rid of mealybugs by:

  • Rubbing alcohol on the leaves, stem, and joints
  • Immerse a cotton swab in vegetable oil and rub off the insects
  • Spray the plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil
  • Cut-off the invaded stem or leaves to curb the spread of the infection.

Aphids

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These are tiny, soft-bodied pear-shaped bugs clump around flower buds and new leaves. They can destroy your plants by sucking the sap from them. When the infestation is severe, the plants can quickly turn yellow. Aphids can be persistent and reproduce quite rapidly, making it difficult to control them.

Get rid of them by:

  • Isolating heavily infested plants.
  • Spray the infested plants with water using a plants sprayer or hosepipe.
  • Frequently spray insecticidal or neem oil on the plants.

Scales

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These are small, flat, and brown insects that suck sap from the leaves and stem to weaken your houseplants. When they mature, they develop hard shells that make it difficult to eradicate them using a blast of water or insecticidal soap.

Treat the plants by:

  • Removing the damaged or dead stems
  • Use a brush to scrape off the viewable adult scales and crush them
  • Finish by spraying the eggs and young scales with insecticidal soap or neem oil

Fungus Gnats

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These are small and dark-bodied flying insects that you can confuse with fruit flies. They feed on tender roots during their larvae phase, resulting in an intermittent growth curve. Once fungus gnats mature, they don’t harm your plants, but their buzzing sound can be a nuisance.

 Eradicate them by:

  • Reduce watering your plants to all the soil to dry before the next watering-dry soil kills the larvae
  • Introduce sticky traps on all growing plants to trap the adult fungus gnats and prevent them from laying more eggs
  • Introduce systemic granules in the soil to destroy and kill the eggs and larvae 
  • After getting rid of them, repot your plants using fresh soil

Spider Mites

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If you witness cobwebs on your plants, they have spider mites infestation. These bugs are tiny, and they suck the sap out of your plants and leave a visible web behind.

Treatment:

  • Spray the plants with water in the bathroom to eradicate the mites and webbing
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe away any remaining bugs

How to Keep Houseplants Pests at Bay

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Even though you now know how to get rid of houseplant pests, you can avoid their infestations by:

  • Always repot your plants using fresh soil. Pests can hide in the soil. 
  • Inspect every newly bought plant before mixing them with other plants in your indoor garden. You won’t want to introduce pests to your indoor plants unknowingly. 
  • Before mixing new plants with existing ones, you should quarantine them for a week or two.
  • Boost the immunity of your plants by maintaining them healthy by giving them adequate sunlight, water, and fertilizer.

Conclusion

Unlike outdoor plants, houseplants are less susceptible to pests. However, this doesn’t mean they are pest-free. Use the tips above to eradicate houseplant pests whenever they attack. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips. 

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