Houseplant Pest Control
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bringing houseplants inside for winter

Zone Marion, AR 72364 | charlotte estes added on November 10, 2016 | Answered

What kind of insecticide do I need to spray my ferns and other plants before bringing them in for the winter. I am concerned about bugs as well as snakes. I have very large plants.

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Alisma
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Answered on November 11, 2016

Spraying your plants down with a hose is a good way to get rid of bugs. If this isn't enough, neem oil is a good general insecticide that targets many types of insects.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/acclimate-plants-indoors-winter.htm

I am not sure about the snakes, since there is no chemical you can spray to kill snakes. Sulfur is supposed to be a snake repellent, but I don't know how effective it is. Visually checking your plants is likely the best option.

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