woman bought a new plant that is infested with insects

27 Jul. 20

Here are the top 3 ways to remove insects from indoor plants

So you just bought a houseplant that has bugs, and you don’t know what to do. What should you do?

woman bought a new plant that is infested with insects

It’s unfortunate when you find out that the indoor plant you just purchased is infested with bugs. Not only is it possible for these insects to kill your plant, the insects could also infest your other plants and spread throughout your home.

What are common pests that infest indoor plants?

The first thing we must define is what houseplants pests are. They are tiny bugs or mites whose leading food resource is leaves, stems, and roots. There are several types of insects that can sneak into your house and infest indoor plants. 

Some crawl on the leaves while others reside in the soil. Some fly while others do not. Irrespective of its type, these bugs are dangerous and can cause damage to your houseplants. No one would like to see their plants die one by one just because of these annoying bugs. 

A plant infested with aphids

Some common houseplant insects:

  • Spider mites
  • Mealybugs
  • Aphids
  • Common brown scale
  • Thrips
  • Whitefly
  • Fungus gnats

How to remove insects from indoor plants

It is crucial to act fast to avoid insects from spreading to your other plants. Here are some ways you can remove bugs from an infested plant:

  1. Use soap and water. A mixture of dishwashing liquid and tap water can help remove spider mite and aphid infestations.. All you need to do is pour 1 quart of water into a spray bottle and then add four teaspoons of soap. Then give each plant a good spray. 
  1. Set traps for flying pests. If you are struggling with some flying pests that cannot be caught, use sticky yellow traps. You can set up a trap with sticky yellow paper (or houseplant sticky stake) to capture and kill tiny flying bugs. 
  2. Use a soil cover. Remove the top inch of soil and replace it with a fresh soil cover such as fine sand or natural top dressing. Dampen the soil with some organic pesticide for houseplants. 

How do you know if your plant is infested with bugs?

Sometimes it is hard to spot insects on your plant because of their tiny size. However, there are some signs you can check to know whether your plant could be infested.

Yellow leaves

Pests like whiteflies, spider mites, and mealybugs can cause your plant to have yellow leaves. These pests use their sharp mouthparts to pierce the leaves and stems, to suck juices straight from the plant tissue. The leaves will turn yellow and eventually fall off. 

Stunted growth

Broad mites perfectly exemplify this because of their feeding habits. Their primary food resource is the nutrition in leaves. Every bite contains saliva, which is toxic and fatal to your plants, so when they live here long enough, your plant leaves will deform and stunt. 

What can I do if my entire house becomes infested with bugs?

If you can’t seem to find a way to stop these pests from pestering your plants, please feel free to contact our team. We’ll do a thorough cleaning and pest control for your house to stop pests once and for all.

To get a FREE CONSULTATION, call (02) 8007 4666.