Mosquitoes, spider mites, aphids and mealybugs – these pests have the potential to take over your plants.
Luckily, Express.co.uk detailed how to keep critters off your greenery, and took notes from the team at Essential Living.
Essential Living experts said: “When it comes to pesticides, it’s best to stick to natural methods, and there are many natural home remedies that are perfect for controlling pests on houseplants.
“First things first: Isolate the infested plant to prevent it from spreading to your other houseplants.
“Also, make sure to closely monitor your other surrounding plants for signs of houseplant pests for three to four weeks.
“Thoroughly clean the area where your plants are.”
According to experts, the area should be cleaned with soapy water.
To take additional measures, you can disinfect the area with rubbing alcohol.
The experts continued: “Now wash the infested plant with insecticidal soap, or you can use a mild liquid soap as soap can kill houseplant bugs on contact.
“Some contain degreasers and detergents that can harm sensitive plants, so use caution when choosing the type.
“Try dabbing the soap lightly on your plant before washing it fully to check that it isn’t causing any damage.
“Use alcohol to kill any remaining live bugs.
“Use a cotton swab soaked in alcohol and dab it on the bugs to kill them and remove them from the plant.”
Be sure to wash the pot and plant tray with soapy water to avoid insects hiding under the rim of the pot or tray.
At this point, the pests should be in check, but pest control measures should be taken to ensure they don’t come back.
The experts explained: “To ensure that you can restore a healthy state and avoid further infestation, you can treat the plant with neem oil, which serves as a long-term pest control and prevention for houseplants.
“Alternatively, you could use horticultural oil or a paprika wax concentrate that protects for up to two weeks per spray.”
For bugs with the ability to fly, yellow sticky fly traps are a great way to control them and stop them from flying to nearby plants.
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