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When I moved into my current home, I almost immediately noticed the roaches. While the place wasn’t overrun with them, I saw them far too often. For a few years, my husband and I tried almost every anti-roach product available on the market. We would enjoy success for a short duration. However, the roaches always came back. Then, a wonderful thing happened. We hired a pest control company to spray our home for termites. As a bonus, the chemicals used to prevent termites got rid of our roach issue. If you want to protect your family from harmful roaches, contact a local pest control entity today. On this blog, you will learn how to rid your home of roaches for good with the help of a pest control specialist.


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How To Identify, Prevent, And Control Common Houseplant Pests

Jennie Lucas

From making sure you choose the ideal varieties for your climate to providing the plants with the right amount of water, and sunlight, caring for your houseplants can be a lot of fun. However, there is another aspect of caring for indoor plants that many homeowners overlook: houseplant pests. Here are a few of the most common insects that infest houseplants, how to identify these pests, and how to prevent them from invading your home.

Common Indoor Plant Pests

Although some houseplant pests are regional, there are several other varieties of insects that will attack houseplants across the country. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Mealybugs. A very small variety of insects, mealybugs create honeydew, a sticky substance that covers the leaves and stems of indoor plants. Mealybugs can lead to the decay and death of leaves and the entire plant.
  • Scales. An insect that is similar to mealybugs, scales are typically found on the underside of leaves and also create sticky honeydew on the leaves and stems.
  • Aphids. A very small, soft-bodied insect, aphids can infest indoor and outdoor houseplants and also produce honeydew. Adult aphids will grow wings.

If you notice a red-colored film on your houseplants, the issue could be red spider mites. These mites cannot be seen with the naked eye and if you notice them, it can be difficult to eliminate the mites from your houseplants.

Preventing Pests from Invading Your Houseplant

The best way you can protect your houseplants from insects and other pests is to prevent the insects from entering your home in the first place. Always thoroughly examine the plants for insects before bringing the plant into your home. However, like every other type of insect or pest, the best method to prevent insects that impact houseplants in your home is to work with a pest control agency.

A pest control agent can help you devise a plan to prevent the insects from entering your home in the first place.

Getting Rid of Houseplant Pests  

From insecticidal soap to simply taking the plants outside and hosing them off, there are options to get rid of insects and other pests from your houseplants. However, if you do not notice the infestation before it spreads, it can be difficult to eliminate. Additionally, some varieties of houseplants, including fungus gnats, can spread beyond your houseplants.

If you suspect there are any pests on your houseplants or inside your home, contact a pest control agent for further assistance.

For more information, contact a local company, like Paffy's Pest Control.