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Question: I use to have a majesty palm that had some type of bug infestation on it. It left a sticky residue on my carpet that I'm going to have to shampoo out. I finally just threw the whole plant away because I didn't know how to get rid of the bugs. Is that common on that type of palm? I'd really love to get another one but don't want another one with the bugs. Thank-You

Answer: Any houseplant can become host to insect pests so I don't think you should avoid getting another majesty palm. When you are looking for replacements, be sure to thoroughly inspect the plant for signs of insect pests. Scale and mealybugs are common and healthy plants can pick up these pests if they are in close proximity to infested plants at the garden center or nursery. Check the undersides of the leaves and the stems for bumps, fluff, or sticky substances. When you get the new plant home, hose it down with a strong spray of water (not so strong as to damage the foliage!) to wash off any potential hitchhikers. When you take your plant indoors, check it periodically for pests (they can fly in from outdoors). This will help you avoid future insect problems with whatever kind of replacement plant you purchase. Best wishes with your indoor garden!

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