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STEP 1: INSPECTION & IDENTIFYING YOUR PEST: 0:35
STEP 2: SELECTING PRODUCT & CONDUCTING TREATMENT: 2:15
STEP 3: ADDITIONAL TIPS TO PREVENT REINFESTATION: 4:22
Many homeowners keep houseplants to decorate their living spaces with, but just like with any plant outdoors, a plant kept inside is susceptible to infestation. The average houseplant, when not maintained properly, can become a host to a variety of bugs and other pests, like aphids, spider mites, or even fungus gnats. If left unchecked, your home could potentially become a breeding ground for pests.
Before you start any treatment or cleaning process, you need to identify what pest you and your plants are dealing with. It’s important to know what you’re going to be fighting as soon as possible, because not every product or method will work on each pest.
If you’re dealing with an active infestation, you’ll need to examine your plants as you conduct inspections. Look for common signs of infestation, like yellowing leaves, chewed leaves, warped; puckered; or pinched leaves; or webbing draped along the undersides of leaves.
Once you’ve found signs of activity, conduct a closer examination to get a good look at the culprits. Some pests may require a magnifying glass to see, but that’s not always necessary. The naked eye may be enough to identify many pests.
To treat pests that commonly infest houseplants, we recommend you use a pesticide that contains one of the following active ingredients: Pyrethrins or Bifenthrin. These particular ingredients are great because they can be used to treat a wide variety of pests and can be applied to ornamental house plants safely.
For a product containing Pyrethrins, we recommend Pyrid Aerosol. Pyrid is a powerful botanical insecticide made with Pyrethrins and PBO, and can be sprayed around your house plants to treat infesting pests. For a product containing bifenthrin, we recommend Reclaim IT. Reclaim IT is a liquid insecticide concentrate that’s labeled to treat over 70 insect pests, including aphids, beetles, fungus gnats, mealybugs, spider mites, and whiteflies! Reclaim IT must be mixed with water before application. We recommend you use a 1-gallon or 1.5-gallon hand pump sprayer since you’ll be making very localized treatments. To treat most plant-infesting pests, mix 0.5 fluid ounces of Reclaim IT with 1 gallon of water. If you’re dealing with a heavy infestation, you may use 1.0 fluid ounce.
Even after you’ve applied pesticides, the best way to stop pest activity is to make sure it can’t happen. Use these tips to make sure your house plants stay free of pests.
Water your plants properly, and use just the right amount of water your plant needs. Overwatering and poor drainage can cause the plant’s roots to rot, encouraging fungus gnats.
Keep your plants clean. Pick up fallen leaves or other organic matter that may be resting on the soil’s surface. Occasionally wipe leaves with a damp cloth. Regularly prune and trim your plant as it gets older.
Always inspect plants for pests before bringing them inside. Remove any that you find and keep your new plants isolated for at least 1 week in case an infestation breaks out.
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