Bugs are gross & nobody wants them buzzing around their home.
The good news about houseplants and pest removal is once you know the root of the problem (pun completely intended) it is far easier than you might think to solve!
So, if you’re ready to take on the challenge of getting & and keeping your houseplants pest-free, I’ve got a few ways you can cure your houseplants of any infestation. After all, a little challenge can be good for you.
Read on to become a Houseplant Pest Removal Expert and how to prevent, treat, and know the signs of a houseplant insect infestation.
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Houseplant Infestations: Everything You Need to Know About Houseplant Pests
How Pests Invade Houseplants
Unfortunately, pests can gain access to your houseplants in more than one way. Some pests, such as gnats and flies, can come in anytime your front door or window is open without barrier. Other pests can come in with your plant from the shop, greenhouse, or outdoor garden you buy it from. Other bugs burrow themselves into your potting soil and go almost completely unnoticed.
Prevention is key when it comes to houseplant infestations. To eliminate the possibility of future pests invading your home, follow these tips:
Know Your Houseplant
Know your houseplants. Research their type and become well-versed in proper treatment and growth expectations. The better you know your houseplant, the quicker and easier you will be able to notice any signs of possible infestation.
Inspect Your Adopted Plant Friends
Adopted plants refer to any plants you purchase from a store, greenhouse, or any other external source. Because adopted plants have a high chance of bringing along unwanted pests, always inspect the soil, leaves, and base of new additions before bringing them into your home.
Keep it Airtight
Keep all houseplant supplies in an airtight container, including soil, fertilizer, and/or gardening tools. This will keep them as sterile and bug-free as possible.
Also, be sure not to keep any windows in your home open without a screen so bugs cannot invade your houseplants from outside.
Signs and Symptoms of Infestation
Infested houseplants may show several symptoms, including (but not limited to):
- Holes or tears in the leaves
- Slimy or sticky residue
- Yellowing or browning of leaves and/or flowers
- Plant decay or wilting
Each houseplant infestation is different from another, as it depends almost entirely on the type of pest. Check out this article to learn more about how to identify your houseplant invader or here to learn about the most common types of houseplant pests.
Natural Treatment for Houseplant Pests
Once you have researched your plant’s symptoms or identified the pest(s), take the necessary steps to treat your houseplant.
Thankfully, chemical methods are not the only effective way to treat houseplant pests. There are several natural ways to combat them.
Some common natural pest removing methods are:
A Clean Start
As soon as you notice a pest problem, it is important to keep the infected plant away from any other houseplants to prevent further spread.
It is then crucial to scrub the area your plant was sitting with old fashioned soap and water—the cleaner the better.
If the problem is severe, you should consider repotting your plant with new soil and sterilizing the old planter before reusing it.
Neem Oil is a natural, tree-derived oil that is often used to treat houseplant bug infestations.
Neem oil is commonly used on plants, but for centuries people have been using it for skin, hair, lice, and more.
Click here to read more about neem oil’s origin and uses.
Sticky traps are one chemical-free method for attracting and ridding your plant of pests. The odorless bright yellow color and glue will draw in insects, help control infestation and break the breeding cycle.
If you’re up for it, you could also make your own sticky traps, rather than purchasing them.