Top 10 List of Pests That Affect Houseplants

By paulgrow
November 24, 2015

As the outdoor gardening season is winding down in many parts of the country, a lot of us are bringing plants indoors or purchasing houseplants to keep our thumbs green during the winter months. Do you know that most pests that affect houseplants are brought in hitchhiking on other plants? I’ll help you identify many of those pests.

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Nov 24, 2015 7:42 AM CST
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
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In just the past two days I have noticed a mealybug and a whitefly one of my houseplants! Thanks to this article I know what I saw and what to do for treatment! Thank you.
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Nov 25, 2015 10:13 AM CST
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I couldn't have said it better myself. Although I've had my plants indoors for a short while now, I'm getting more and more fungus gnats (which my husband calls fruit flies) and I'm getting to the point where I'm considering chemicals. That's tough for me because I try to do things as organically as possible. I've upped my game and put out several sugar water traps that have dish detergent in them, which is helping, but that only works on adults. Knowing there is something that will 'take care of' the larvae is reassuring and its getting to that point.

There were a LOT of good tips in that article. I know it's old, but thank you for writing it and I'm glad it was re-posted so that we could revisit all of the helpful information that you included!
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Nov 25, 2015 10:48 AM CST
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Celebrating Gardening: 2015
@DogsNDaylilies I have had great success with fungus gnats by 1) Letting plants soil dry out completely 2) Adding hydrogen peroxide to the water 3)hanging those yellow sticky traps
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Nov 26, 2015 8:13 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I got my Bonide Houseplant treatment yesterday. I am going to apply it over the weekend.

In the meantime I have been spot attacking with alcohol and qtips. And I tossed some succulents that can be easily replaced.
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