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sansari2004
Feb 3, 2018 5:09 PM CST
I have a couple of plants in large pots, and I enjoy them on the front porch. But during the winter they'll die outside and I like to bring them inside. I am concerned about spiders and other creatures which may be in the soil and don't want to bring them in so I put them in the garage. But I have recently bought a new car, and like to put my car there and wonder if there is a better place for the plants. I live in VA, and it gets pretty cold. Is there some way I can ensure the plants are free of bugs before I bring them in and perhaps put them in my basement? I have a finished basement and use part of the as my office. Is there a solution like a plastic covering of some sort, which a light source for warmth and sunlight substitute I could purchase or make so I can care for them in the garage during the winter months?
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greene
Feb 3, 2018 10:31 PM CST
Remove any dead leaves on the soil surface. Use an insecticidal soap to drench the foliage - remember to spray the bottom of each leaf. Use a soil drench to get rid of any little critters hiding in the soil.

Without knowing how large the plants or pots are, I cannot recommend any particular plastic shelter. If you could add some photos with something for size reference that would be helpful.

After using the insecticidal soap you should be able to bring the plants into your living area. That space should already have adequate heat and you can add lighting required by each plant.

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WillC
Feb 4, 2018 11:07 AM CST
Are these annuals or perennials or tropicals? Knowing the species involved is essential to knowing what conditions your plants would need to survive the winter indoors.
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Zuni
Feb 18, 2018 1:30 AM CST
There are no guarantees. I recently rescued some plants from someone who was giving them away for free because they were moving. That was a couple weeks ago at least, and every now and then, I still find a pill bug in my kitchen on the floor LOL.

I had to treat one of them for bugs today, and also have a few traps (vinegar with some dish soap) out to deal with some fungus gnats. I did see a couple spiders that got away from me, too.

it's not a huge deal and can be dealt with pretty easily. I just bought an organic insecticide/fungicide that comes in a spray bottle at Home Depot. Can't think of the brand right now.

But, yeah, you'll probably encounter a few bugs, but it shouldn't be a huge deal.

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