Insects of houseplants make many homeowners anxiety, especially housewives, and when you want to buy an insecticide to get rid of them, you will face great difficulty. As these pesticides are not almost available in abundance either in online stores or in plant nurseries.

If you have the opportunity to get a plant-based pesticides; We recommend you to use one of the types that include one of the following active ingredients:

  • Pyrethrins
  • Potassium Fatty Acids

Insects of houseplants

Pyrethrins :

This substance kills mealybugs, whiteflies, thrips and aphids. It is sprayed directly on the insects.

Potassium Fatty Acids :

It is a type of insecticide to kill insects. And to be more effective, you should use it repeatedly and spray it directly on insects as well.

As we mentioned, it is difficult to find these pesticides to get rid of insects of houseplants, so we advise you to resort to use extracts of vegetable oils that suffocate insects of houseplants by repeatedly spraying them. This process may take days or weeks to completely eradicate houseplant insects.


Some of vegetable oil that used to eradicate the insects of houseplants :

  • Carnation
  • Garlic
  • Sesame
  • Cotton seeds
  • Neem oil

insects of houseplants - vegetables oil


Some of bugs and insects of houseplants :

Insects of houseplants -White worms

White worms :

Sometimes white worms appear in the houseplants soil . It is not harmful to the soil, but it is harmful to the plant itself. To get rid of it, you should add nematodes (roundworm) or mites to the soil.

Soil mites kill at least seven white worm larvae daily once they are adult mites.

In case of using the nematodes , then water must be added to help them kill the larvae of that white worms.

Mealybugs :

Mealybugs are insects of houseplants. And in case of infection the plants with that pest, you will notice a white cover on the leaves and branches of the plants, that white cover is more like cotton. This cotton cover contains the bugs themselves, or their sacs.

Mealybugs - insects of houseplants

Infected plants should be immediately isolated as soon as this cotton cover is appeared.

Mix an amount of medical ethyl alcohol to three equal amounts of water in addition to a few drops of dishwashing liquid, but provided that it is free of bleach. Use this solution to wash the affected plant parts and leave it there for a few days. And repeat this process as needed.

Cut the affected parts of the plant if it has been infected from a short period of time, but if the plant lesion has worsened, this solution does not work with it.

You can wash the plant with a strong water spray, but be careful not to cut the leaves of the plant or break its branches.

It is recommended to use lukewarm water, not hot or very cold water.


Methods of pest control and catching houseplant insects :

Fly glue traps :

The glued surfaces act as a trap for flying insects of houseplants. You can use a cardboard or a light wooden board and paint it in a light hot color such as yellow, for example, and then cover this board with an adhesive substance, let it be Vaseline. . This is just a model that simulates photoelectric traps.

Inspects of houseplants - Fly glue traps


Vacuum cleaner for indoor plants :

The portable vacuum cleaner works by batteries. And it damages the affected parts of the plant, sucking harmful insects of houseplants and pests from their surface.


Prevention from the insects of houseplants :

Substances with pungent odors in addition to extracts of some plants to avoid the insects of houseplants.

Examples of substances with strong and pungent odors include :

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Chili pepper

Examples of extracts from some plants :

  • Marshmallow leaf: used to resist wilting of leaves.
  • Different parts of the neem plant.

bugs and insects

You can mash three small cloves of garlic and soak them in water for two weeks..This mixture is used to irrigate the plant.

And to get rid of ants, you can use a lemon solution with salt.

You can also wipe the branches and trunks of plants with the juice of half a lemon with a liter of water to prevent the insects of houseplants.

Regularly get rid of dead plant leaves and keep plants and soil clean.

You can also mix coffee and sand well to keep insects away from the plant and prevent them from crawling into the house. This mixture is also very useful and helps your plants thrive.

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