Whether you grow a simple basil plant or fuss over a fiddle leaf fig, indoor plants take some upkeep. They need the right amount of sunlight, just enough water to keep their leaves hydrated, and they need to stay protected to avoid an insect problem.
Even though these plants reside in the home, they’re still exposed to all kinds of household pests that are attracted to organic matter. Indoor plants that thrive in high humidity or like a lot of water, such as ferns and calatheas, are prone to attracting bugs more than other plants. To prevent pests from damaging plants indoors, it’s especially important to learn how to identify them before you take action. Here are our top five insect offenders to be alert for:
One of the best ways to prevent these pests is to inspect your plants thoroughly before bringing them indoors for colder months. Otherwise, you could be bringing a pest infestation right into your home!
If you spot any of these pests in or around your indoor plants, there are a variety of remedies you can try. Spray less-delicate plants with a hose in short strong bursts to remove aphids and other pests as much as possible, before you repot the plant with new soil. Scrape off any scales and brush away mealybugs with a rubbing alcohol-soaked cotton swab. If those measures don’t work, research more options for your specific plant and the pests damaging it. Common indoor plant pest protection methods include the use of neem oil or mixtures of substances like dish soap and vinegar, sprayed on the plants regularly.
While the insects that infest houseplants are unlikely to bother your family, you can connect with us if you need a trustworthy pest control company. Request a quote or call 855-855-4873 and one of our pest control professionals will work with you to address your needs.