The Q&A Archives: Houseplants Coming Back In

Question: Is there a systemic insecticide that you can use on indoor flowers that have been outside for the summer? I don't want to bring in earwigs, rolly bugs or insects on the leaves.

Answer: You would need to check with your county extension for the most up to date recommendations for chemical controls that may be used on house plants, the specifics would depend on the particular plant and pest in question. In many cases a deep watering and setting the pot on its side will cause critters to crawl out, and foliar insects can often be washed off with a strong spray from the garden hose. Some gardeners will also use a commercially formulated insecticidal soap two times at about a week apart to try to prevent accidentally bringing in any hitchhikers. Be sure to read the label and follow all instructions if you treat your plants, and also take care to cover all surfaces with the spray.

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