HousePlant Pests

Houseplant Pests

Houseplant Pests – Like all plants, houseplants will occasionally come under attack from pests. These insects can be just as voracious as their outdoor counterparts but have the added benefit of developing and reproducing in near ideal conditions. As a result, houseplant pests can multiply very quickly, so you have to be diligent about checking for symptoms. Below are some of the several indoor garden invaders.

Aphid

Aphid
Common on indoor and outdoor plants, these sap-sucking insects are often found feeding in clusters on new growth.

Fungus Gnat

Fungus Gnat
Both the larval and adult stages of this small plant pest can cause big problems for houseplants.

Leafminer

Leafminer

While not usually threatening to plants, leafminer control is often necessary to manage the highly visible tunnels in leaves that can reduce crop value.

Mealybug

Mealybug
These plant-sucking pests are a familiar problem in greenhouses, in gardens, and on indoor plants.

Root Aphid

Root Aphid
A growing pest of greenhouse and garden plants.

Russet Mite

Russet Mite
These tiny pests can give growers big problems.

If you notice a plant that suddenly begins to look ill, take a closer look — chances are an insect is responsible. Infestations can be very severe and plants that have had more than half of their leaves damaged are probably not worth saving. For this reason, it is important to identify and control indoor plant pests as quickly as possible.

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