I just moved into my apartment one and a half weeks ago. I am finding that the more I clean my floors (all tile), the more I am dealing with these worms. I haven't installed houseplants yet and am on the fence about doing so with the current situation. What can I do to control them without having to employ pest control professionals to spray around my 2- and 6-year-old children?
This will give you some ideas for tentworm control:
How do we get rid of centipede looking worms from houseplants? They are about 1/2 inch long with a lot of legs. We have tried Garden Safe houseplant insect killer and it doesn't phase them.
I think that you may be talking about silverfish. This article will help with them:
How do I get rid of the little flying bugs that are in my plants' soils and in the house?
This article will help you:
Can spider mites not be seen on some plants? I have 5 plants in one room, only one of them have the mites. I put the infected plant in a different room and treated it with the Ortho brand treatment. It seemed to get rid of them. The plant was left alone for almost one month and I didn't see any mites, so I put it back in with the other plants. Now that plant has the mites again but I can't find any on the other plants. Please help!
It is true that spider mites are difficult to see, as they are quite small. 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 to both plants and animals (as well as humans). This article should help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
My indoor plant is full of tiny flying insects. How do I get rid of them and is this from overwatering?
If you can give use some more details about the pests, we should be able to tell you what kind they are and how to treat them.
It is possible it is from overwatering. At the very least, overwatering can stress a plant which makes them more susceptible to pests.
I would like to debug plants without using harsh chemicals. The precautions on products I have used in the past. I want to avoid human, pet and environmental exposure to these chemicals. Besides simply rinsing with water, are there are any other methods I can use to avoid infesting the house with pests?
Try neem oil. It is a systemic pest killer, so it gets into the plant and kills any bugs that may live and feed on the plant. It is helpful to spray some on the leaves, but you don't need to get it everywhere like with other pesticides. It should also work if you put it in the water that you give the plant. It is safe for humans, animals and beneficial bugs but works very well to control numerous types of insect pests. As a bonus, it makes a great fungicide too.
Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
How do I get rid of bugs in the soil?
Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/using-pesticides-and-other-chemicals-on-your-houseplants.htm
If the bugs are in the soil itself, you may be better off to repot the plant with fresh soil in addition to hosing down the plant and cleaning out the container.