We are always so disappointed when houseplants are infested with bugs. There is a threat to the beautiful plants you are taking care of, and you must act quickly to save them. In terms of natural methods of eliminating houseplant bugs, you have several options. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about houseplant pests and how you can easily get rid of them without using any harmful pesticides.
You don’t need to use pesticides or insecticides to keep your houseplants bug-free. Here’s how to get rid of houseplant bugs naturally.
Get Rid Houseplant Bugs Naturally
It is for a reason that they are called houseplant bugs, especially when they affect plants. Insects that live and feed on the leaves of plants are annoying, and they can cause serious damage as well.
Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of aphids, mites and other creepy crawly or flying bugs without using chemicals on your plants – indoors and outdoors. Even products from your home can be used for some methods.
1. Soapy water
In a bottle, combine 5 tablespoons of dish soap with 4 cups of water. Spray the solution on plants. Aphids and spider mites will be dehydrated by the soap.
2. Neem oil spray
This age-old, natural insecticide and anti-fungicide is derived from the seeds of neem trees native to India. It is effective against aphids, mites, scale, and other small, soft-bodied insects.
3. Pyrethrum spray
Chrysanthemum flowers are used to make this natural insecticide. Create a spray by mixing the powder with water and dish soap. As a result, numerous pest species are paralyzed by pyrethrum spray on contact
You will be able to enjoy your outdoor space without insects bothering you when you plant mosquito repellants
It’s not just for drinking. Snails and slugs like it, too. Set out saucers of beer to trap and prevent these creatures from munching on plant leaves and roots. Grape juice or grapefruit or orange rinds also make good traps.
The strong smell of garlic repels not only vampires, but also bugs. You can keep bugs away by sticking garlic cloves into the soil of house plants. Garlic breath makes even bugs itch.
6. Pepper spray.
Mix 2 tablespoons of red pepper with 6 drops of dish soap and 1 gallon of water, then spray your plants. Paprika, black pepper, chili peppers, dill, ginger, and paprika all contain capsaicin, which repels mosquitoes and bugs.
7. Herbal water spray
Various essential oils act as insect repellents, including salvia, thyme, mint, rosemary, rue and lavender. Crushed leaves or trimmings can be soaked in water overnight and strained to create a spray. You can also dilute store-bought essential oils with water. Adding these herbs to your yard can also deter insects.
8. Alcohol spray
Create a solution by mixing 1 or 2 cups of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol with a quart of water. The solution will repel insects from houseplants and tropical foliage.
Prepare a nicotine tea by soaking 1 cup of dried, crushed tobacco leaves in 1 gallon of warm water and adding 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap. Strain after 30 minutes, and spray the mixture directly on the leaves.
Much like a heavy downpour, a strong spray of water from a house can remove bugs from plants.
Why Do My Houseplants Have Bugs?
Pests and bugs can also infest plants inside your house. Indoor plants are often more bug-infested than those in your garden. The reason for this is that your indoor plants don’t have the help of insects to control bug infestations, including ladybugs.
Bugs are more likely to infest your plants during the colder months. When plants stop growing during the dormancy period of the year, they go into dormancy. During dormancy, plants naturally become weaker.
It is also because the temperature and room conditions are just right that indoor plants are more susceptible to pests during colder months. Your home has less humidity in midwinter, so you’re probably heating it. If you combine that with warm room temperatures and less air circulation, you have just the right environment for insects.