How to Identify House Plant Pests

Indoor or house plants fulfill more than one requirement in the house. They are a great activity to spend quality time at the home, and add to the decor and a sense of style to the house. They also improve the quality of air and atmosphere inside the house. Further, they are easy to grow and even easier to manage. Although they are not prone to pest attacks as much as the outside plants are, still sometimes they can receive attack from an unwanted intruder and predator. A regular inspection can help identify them.


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    Know Types of House Plants Pests

    First thing to protect your house plants from pests attacks is to identify them. Search online or ask your local gardener to know about the types of house plants bugs, and methods used to control them. Some of the most common are whiteflies, spider mites, thrips and some other insects and flies. There can be some other irregular visitors interest to eat off leaves of your plants.

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    Regular Inspection of Plants

    Inspection of the plants on a regular basis is the best possible way to identify pests on the plants. You should carefully check each leaf. Make sure you do not exert too much pressure, as by doing so you can break the leaves. Ideally you should inspect them on a weekly basis or at least when you do dusting and water them. Leaving these plants unattended for a longer time can develop bugs and pests itself and they can quickly damage them.

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    Clean Leaves of Plants

    It is possible that you spot a sign of a bug while inspecting or watering the plant. If you do so, remove the sign or bug with a soft cotton cloth. Be assured you have cleaned the entire leaf and then examine other leaves to see if they are clear and protected. You may also spray some basic insecticide, but do not use a strong solution and avoid chemicals. This can burn the leaves.

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    Regularly Spray Plants

    It is possible that a bug or two go unnoticed by you and they can damage the plant quickly. If you find such sign immediately spray the plant leaves with an insecticide soap. Again, make sure the solution is not too strong, as this will burn the leaves. Still to be on the safer side, spray the solution on a couple of leaves first, and if there is no damage to the leaves, spray the entire plants. Even if you do not see any sign of pests, you should spray a soft solution of insecticide on a regular basis.

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