Preventing Houseplant Pest Infestations

Adding live plants to your home can help bring some of the outdoors inside and immediately increase your mood. However, while your favorite plants may help make your room feel a little more “homey”, it could be the source of a variety of annoying pests. In this article, we will look at some common houseplant pests and some of the things you can do to limit infestations that may occur.

What Houseplant Pests Are Common?

In nature, other species of bugs will typically feed on houseplant pests. When a plant is moved indoors the access these other bugs have to pests that could be hiding on the houseplant becomes limited. For instance, parasitic wasps and ladybugs can help limit the number of pests that are regularly feasting and living on your plants, making them excellent additions to a garden.

When outdoors, plants will typically undergo dramatic shifts in temperature throughout the solar cycle. When indoors, a plant receives a much more consistent temperature at all times and allows houseplant pests to thrive and quickly reproduce. Some common houseplant pests you may see include:

  • Fungus Gnats
  • Whiteflies
  • Spider Mites
  • Aphids
  • Scale Bugs

Of the houseplant pests mentioned, perhaps the most annoying is the fungus gnat. Because they quickly reproduce, you will begin seeing these flying gnats parading around your home in seemingly every room and drowning in water surfaces that may be available, including your fresh cup of drinking water. But what can you do to avoid inviting these houseplant pests inside of your home?

How Can You Avoid Houseplant Bugs?

Before bringing plants inside of your home, it is important to carefully inspect them for evidence of stowaways. Be sure to look at the underside of leaves and around them stems before purchasing a new plant to ensure no pests are present. If possible, observe the topsoil to see if pests are visible as well.

Even if you think a plant doesn’t have visible pests on it, there’s a chance that their eggs could be present in the soil. When you get new plants, place them in a confined room or outdoors to see if any pests emerge. Using a light stream of water from your hose can help dislodge pests that may be attached and make them less likely to thrive inside of your home while creating a potential pest infestation.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.-