Do you know the sign of unhealthy snake plants?
How do we know that our snake plants are attacked by thrips?
You might be thinking the sturdy leave wouldn’t be much affected by insects.
On the other hand there is pests that could bite our beloved snake plants and suck the moisture away!
How creepy is that?
before we start..
Let us hear Danny’s story
Yesterday was the bad day that I have ever had!
My plant got mealybugs on it!
So after a long day through in summer..
..I back to home with my dad after having a monthly grocery.
I have a lot of plants inside the house.
As I walked up to the plant, I noticed that it had some mealy bugs on it.
That was totally not cool!
Weeding would’ve been easy for this one, but we didn’t have any pesticides.
My dad got out a can of hairspray and sprayed the entire thing until there were no more mealy bugs left.
It’s so annoying when you have a pests and bugs in your plant!
Especially for indoor plant.
Seems like I need to research more about pests and bugs to keep my plants out of them!
Check this out!
Get To Know The Signs of Thrips Invasion
First of all most of the snake plants are straight and shiny green or bright yellow on the edge.
When there are thrips invasion, some leaves are curling.
You might be thinking when the leaves get longer..
..the curls on the leave are normal, believe me, it’s not normal.
Secondly, check out on all of the leaves..
..if they have smudges like rotten banana, or a part of the plant is thinner than it should be.
It can also be a sign of thrips!
Finally, the most subtle sign that your snake plant have thrips is that you spot the thrips on the leaves!
Other Types Of Insects That Commonly Found On Snake Plants
Spider Mites (Tetranychidae)
It can be difficult to see small creatures with the naked eye.
The fine webs that they create at the base of the leaves are often the first sign that they are present.
They will weaken the plant and leave it vulnerable to disease.
We don’t recognize these bugs as bugs..
..so they slip under the radar..
..even though they look similar to an insect.
These little bugs have the same appearance as small white pieces of fluff.
These small white fluff insects often hide between the leaves..
..playing hide and seek with you..
..so they suck the juices from the snake plants.
There are so many other bugs..
..insects that might be harmful to your snake plants.
How Do We Prevent Snake Plants From Thrips Or Insect Invasion?
There are a few things we can apply on the leaves..
..to prevent the attack of thrips and bugs.
Check this out!
You will hear about this again and again when you get into serious house plant cultivation.
Made from the seeds of a tree from southeast Asia..
..the oil is effective against pests and poses no danger to your family or animals.
Apply it to a small soft cloth, and wiped it to the leaves once a week.
You can either use a mild mixture or strengthen it for use on pests that already exist.
For a stronger version, use two cloves with a cup of water..
..but crush six cloves and add a gallon of water.
If you want to use garlic as a spray..
..you need to allow the garlic to get into the water overnight and then filter it.
This remedy can be used outdoors due to the noxious smell.
The last but not least…
The new favorite!
Nowadays we can find Eco Enzyme everywhere.
Since people are forced to stay home..
..they tend to have more attention towards environment at home and what can they do about it.
We can say that everyone can make eco-enzyme as it is a waste of our vegetables..
..and fruits that then will be mixed with water and fermented before use.
It is known to be a fertilizer to plants and effective pests to get rid of the bugs.
You can simply spray the eco-enzyme towards the leaves once in a while.
The Snake Plant is more resistant to bug attacks than any other plant because its leaves are so tough.
It’s important to remember that bugs look for a point of weakness.
It is easier for them to attack a plant that is in bad shape than it is to attack a plant that is in good shape.
Some bugs might attempt to attack your Snake Plant, here’s why :
- When the leaves is mushy, the claws are able to get through the sturdy leaves.
- Poor ventilations. Bugs love humid places
- Dark places. Humid and dark rooms are home to spider bugs!
Finally we have come to the conclusion that thrips and bugs may attack your plant during the lowest condition..
..when it is too humid and too dry. Avoid dark and humid places for the snake plants.
Other than that you can check on the snake plant leaves..
..to make sure that there’s no thrips or insects, every once in a while.
Make sure you wipe the Neem Oil once a week..
..to make the leaves look gorgeous and thrips free!
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