Houseplant Pest Control

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  1. how to get rid of spider mites
  2. Bringing a Blooming Plant Home from Store
  3. Spots On Leaves
  4. Sanitation
  5. White Worms Coming Out of My Indoor Plant Soil
  6. Gnats
  7. Scale on House Plants
Asked by dtaylor on March 26, 2011
How to Get Rid of Spider Mites

How in the world do you get rid of spider mites on my fragile house plants? Thanks!!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

We have found the best way to treat spider mites is with neem oil. Not only is it effective, but it's also quite safe. This article should help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 30, 2011
Bringing a Blooming Plant Home From Store

When I bring plants home from the store, one will lose its leaves. Nothing left! I know it’s some kind of bug, but I don’t know what to spray them with. It doesn’t happen to all of them, just one or two. Can you help me?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Treat the plants with neem oil when you bring them home. That will take care of most bugs that could be on the plant. Here is more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

I would also soak the pots of all the plants. Sometimes the rootballs get dried out and without a soaking, the actually repel water. If the store let the rootball dry out, the plant will die if the soil is not soaked.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 19, 2011
Spots on Leaves

We have a plant here in the office that is covered with brown or rust colored spots on the top side of each leaf. There are just a couple raised brown spots on the underside of each leaf. The top side is also sticky. Could this be aphids? If it is, can the plant be treated or does it have to be disposed of? I am assuming this is contagious to the other plants.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is most likely scale (which is a lot like aphids). It can be treated, and yes, in the meantime it is contagious. These articles will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on May 21, 2011
Sanitation

What are the procedures of cleaning my grow room to prevent further appearance of spider mites?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Non organic things can be wiped down with rubbing alcohol or bleach. Plants and other organics can be treated with neem oil. These together are pretty effective in eliminating all the pests and eggs.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 27, 2011
White Worms Coming Out of My Indoor Plant Soil

I have a broad leaf indoor plant that I potted a few months ago. I am now seeing little white worms, about 1/4 inch long, coming out from the drain hole underneath the pot. What are these things? Are they bad for the plant, and if so, how do I get rid of them? Is there a treatment I can buy to avoid re-potting?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on May 30, 2011
Gnats

How do I get rid of gnats from living in the soil in my house plants?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like you have fungus gnats. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/fungus-gnats.htm

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Asked by Grann on June 25, 2011
Scale on House Plants

What is the best way to get rid of scale on house plants?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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