How to Protect Your House Plants From Pests

House plants of all kinds are some of the most popular house decor pieces. They give a pleasant feel to the house and also keep the air fresh. Plus, plants are proven to improve overall mental health, which is especially helpful right now. They help reduce levels and boost mood and productivity. However, there is one downside to having houseplants that are pests. Luckily, pest control services can guide and inform you on the prevention measures that will help protect your natural plants from pests.

Some popular pest plants include mealybugs, spider mites, scale insects, fungus gnats, and aphids. These pests can cause so many potential threats to your plants if not treated on time. But with some of these few tips, you can reduce the risk of an infestation occurring on your plants.

Frequently Inspect Your Indoor Plants

A pest infestation can happen very quickly. All it takes is for a bug to find its way into your home and start breeding. This means that you should check the leaves of your plants at least once a week for any signs of bugs or eggs. Be sure to inspect the undersides of leaves as well, as that is where insects often like to hide. Look for signs like small holes, browning, dead leaves, or insects inside the stems. If you notice signs of infestation, take immediate action, by either spraying insecticides, removing the infected plants, or hiring a professional to get rid of them.

Always Check New Plants Before Bringing Them Home

Especially if you’re bringing new plants home from a gardening store or nursery, check the plant first for any signs of pests. Before you put them together with other plants, quarantine them in a room away from your other houseplants for at least two weeks. This will give you time to check them thoroughly and spot any possible infestations.

Avoid Using Contaminated Soil

Plants need to be repotted every 12- 18 months. However, when repotting house plants, make sure that the potting mix you’re using is pest-free. An infestation of bugs or thrips can occur when growing plants are in contaminated soil. Always choose sterile soil for your plants. Sterile soil helps prevent bacterial and fungal infections. However, if you later notice any pests in the soil of your freshly potted plants, it might be due to overwatering. So let the soil dry before watering again and place large rocks near the bottom of the container to drain the excess water.

Contact Your Local Exterminators

In some cases, especially when large infestations occur in your home plants, you may need to contact your local exterminators to get rid of the infestation and prevent it from spreading to other areas of your home. You can hire professionals in pest control or exterminators locally who will have professional treatment options for pest infestations in your indoor plants.

If you are in need of pest control services for your house plants, You will want to get them from a company, like Team Veterans Pest Control. You can  also learn more about our products and services at

Team Veterans Pest Control,

4108 Carolina Commercial Drive Unit 2

Myrtle Beach SC 29579


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