Are they affecting your indoor garden?
How are your houseplants doing? We are getting questions about a few of the major insects that affect them. There are three or four bugs that can cause our plants to deteriorate if we don’t keep them under control. It is important to purchase your house plants from a source that recognizes these problem bugs and prevents these problems from coming home with you when you purchase plants.
You may be asking: How do I avoid having these problems and how do I get rid of them, if they appear? It is not hard if you stay with it.
If the first three pests mentioned above are sprayed, especially the underside of the leaves, with tepid water in the sink or shower a couple of times a month this may be all that is necessary. If this fails, spray with an Insecticidal Soap or Dormant / Horticultural Oil, again hitting the underside of the leaves. You may need to wipe the Mealy Bugs or Scale off of the plant, but they should come off easily if they are dead.
The Fungus Gnat control is even easier. Keep the soil drier by letting the soil dry out between waterings. It may also be necessary to spray with the Insecticidal Soap until the potting soil adjusts to your changed watering practices.
A little bit of time spent with your houseplants will keep both of you happy and content.
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