You might even ask this question if you have been growing succulents for a while now. In this post, I will talk about whether succulents attract bees and how to keep your plants safe from pests.
Succulents are some of the most versatile plants you can use in your garden.
However, they don’t mean you’re safe from pests, especially your jade plant. So, do succulents attract pest?
Most succulents are not normally watered too much, so regular moisture will attract bugs.
The most common ones are mealy bug, scales, aphids spider mites, whiteflies, fungus gnats, and ants.
Here’s the story of Amar of his experience dealing with pest from his jade plant
Let us hear Amar’s story.
I was enjoying a nice dinner with my family when I see a strange movement…
…on our jade plant near the dinner table.
I am not sure about it, but I really saw that with my own eyes.
After investigating it closely…
…I found that it was really coming from our jade plant!
When I got closer to inspect, I saw mealybugs crawling…
…on the leaves of the plant.
“Ew!” My mom said. “We’ll have to do something about these.”
So, we went online and purchased some mealy bug powder repellent…
…and put it around the edges of each leaf. We also had to buy a new pot…
…because ours is too small for this large plant now that it’s infested by this pest.
Do Indoor Plants Attract Pest?
Indoor plants do, in fact, attract pest. Indoor growing conditions with high humidity or a lack of air circulation…
…are typically what attracts them.
Aphids, spider mites, fungus gnats mealybugs, scale, thrips, and whitefly are the most common pests.
Maintaining good growing conditions, watering properly, and inspecting your plants on a regular basis…
…will help keep infestations at bay and allow you to treat them quickly, reducing plant damage.
High Humidity Can Attract Pests To Indoor Plants
Many pest have a proclivity or sixth sense for flocking to high-humidity areas.
They must keep their bodies moist due to their small size or they will dry out and die forcing them…
…to search out areas of higher moisture levels. The following are the most common causes of high humidity:
- Climatic conditions: Desert regions such as Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of the Intermountain West have a higher relative humidity level than areas closer to large bodies of water (i.e. the South, the Pacific Northwest and other coastal areas) or those that experience higher levels of precipitation. This naturally higher humidity level keeps your home at a higher humidity level.
- Overwatering: Giving your plants too much water or watering them too frequently regardless of where you live, is one of the leading causes of high humidity levels around your indoor plants. As water evaporates from the soil surface, overwatered soggy soils can increase relative humidity levels around the plant.
- Standing water: This has something to do with overwatering, but it’s all about the amount of water you’re giving your plant at any given time. If you have saucers under your containers to catch the water draining out of your pots, watering too much at once can be a problem.
Here’s the interesting part!
Lack Of Air Circulation
Air movement around your plants is important for keeping the humidity level…
..from rising too high but it also helps to keep pest at bay in a few other ways.
Increased ventilation speeds up the drying of the soil and reduces fungal growth making your indoor plants less inviting to pest.
Lack of air circulation can be caused by a number of factors:
- No space: The most common cause of poor air circulation through the foliage is planting plants too close together. While grouping your plants will help to increase humidity where it’s required, don’t let them touch each other because this reduces airflow around the foliage.
- No air movement: Some areas of your home may not be near windows, doors or vents, or may not receive the gentle air movement produced by ceiling fans or passing people. If required, move your plants to a more well-ventilated location leave a window open, or use an oscillating fan. If you’re reading this, you probably have some pest and are looking for guidance about how to deal with them. You’ve come to the right place!
Continue reading to find out why you may have pest, as well as how to recognize eliminate, and avoid them.
I’ll also go into which houseplants are the most pest-resistant.
If not dealt with properly, these pests will degrade the aesthetic qualities of your succulents…
…and even cause them to die.
To get rid of pest in your jade try some of the easy remedies mentioned below.
Jade Plant Pest and Easy Treatments
Insects may be a threat to the health of your succulent plants but you don’t have to be concerned.
You will keep your succulent plants safe and stable by using the right methods.
Mealybugs are common on succulents. They are very small creatures invisible, of gray or light brown color.
When you notice white cottony substances on your succulents you know your succulents are infested.
Additionally, mealybugs produce sugars that welcome mold as a result the plants…
….become susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections.
One easy way to treat mealybugs quickly is to use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol…
and directly apply it to the affected areas of the plant especially the white cottony substance.
This is the simplest and most effective method.
The second thing you can do is to spray rubbing alcohol on the white cottony substance.
This is a better technique if you want results quickly.
You can use pure alcohol or you can dilute it with water.
Either method is safe for the plants. You can also use soap diluted in water and spray it…
…on the white cottony substance. However, mealybugs are usually harder…
…to get rid of than other pests.
It may take several attempts before the problem is completely eliminated.
That said, you may repeat these treatments several times as necessary.
It is also important to isolate the affected plants from healthy plants during the treatment period.
This will prevent the spread of the pests.
The things got interesting right?
The second insect that can cause problems on succulents is the scale.
These insects come in two types: the soft ones and the armored ones.
Each one of these can potentially bring serious issues to your succulent plants.
There are common signs of scale insects appearing on succulents which is usually a small brown bump.
If you see these on your succulents it is a strong indication that you have a scale problem.
The sap of succulent plants is a favourite of scale insects resulting in the plants becoming vulnerable to diseases.
The quickest way to remove scale from your succulent plant is by removing it from the plant,
which you can do by hand or by scraping it off.
The next method you can try is applying rubbing alcohol to the affected area.
To do this, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol directly on the bugs.
Other than a cotton swab, you can also spray the bugs directly…
…with pure alcohol or a mixture of alcohol and water.
There is also soap.
You can use dish soap and dilute it in water then spray the bugs directly or on the affected areas.
As with mealy bugs, scale insects do not leave succulent plants easily.
In some instances, you have to repeat the treatment process several times…
..before the plants are completely free from insects.
One type of insect that negatively affects succulents is the aphid.
These insects suck the leaves and stems of succulent plants as well as secreting sugary substances…
…that are vulnerable to mold. This is why aphids have a detrimental effect on succulents.
Spraying with a solution of soap and water will quickly rid your plants of aphids.
Make sure to target the affected areas.
Various other techniques can be used to cure the aphids, such as neem oil.
Make sure that you spray the plants with neem oil mixture at night and not during the day.
This is to prevent the plant from burning. Repetition of the process is necessary.
One more kind of insect that can harm succulent plants is spider mites.
These tinier pests can be difficult to spot and eventually make succulents almost white.
This coloration occurs because the spider mites sap the succulent plants.
The best way to stop a spider mite outbreak is to isolate affected plants while treating them.
Applying rubbing alcohol to spider mites and the affected areas is the fastest method to get rid of them…
…similar to mealy bugs. Other treatments include spraying mites with a solution of water and alcohol.
This can also be an effective method to treat spider mites. The final option is to use dish soap diluted in water.
Spray it directly on the spider mites and the affected areas. This should scare them off.
It should be noted that these strategies work best for less severe cases. The best thing to do is repot the plants…
…if they are already severely damaged. In rare cases you are left with no other option but to start with a new plant.
The problem with whiteflies is that they produce honeydew which causes the affected plants…
…to become susceptible to molds.
It doesn’t matter whether you have leafy succulents or not.
The problem with whiteflies is that they produce honeydew which causes the affected plants to become susceptible…
…to molds. It doesn’t matter whether you have leafy succulents or not.
The best remedy for whiteflies is rubbing alcohol diluted in water.
Spray those flies with this solution. You can also use soapy water instead of alcohol.
The effect will be the same.
Repeat the treatment process until results are achieved.
Sometimes it takes a lot of treatments to see results.
The soil must be kept moist for a long period of time if succulents must be watered.
If the soil remains moist for a long time will attract fungi, and fungus gnats will cling to plants.
In cases of fungus gnats caused by constant wet soil the best remedy is to reduce the watering of the succulent.
Allow the soil to dry. The fungus does not like dry soil. In extreme cases, use a fast-draining soil.
Last but not least…
Ants are not normally harmful to succulent plants.
However, if your succulents especially jade plant have been affected…
…by the insects mentioned above there is a good chance that the sugary substances they produce will attract ants.
Resulting chaos of ants can definitely ruin the succulent plants.
If you want to get rid of ants quickly you can spray them with insecticidal soap.
You can also mix a solution of pure alcohol and water and spray the ants there too.
In succulent plants, pest are not a common problem, but they do keep succulents wet sometimes.
It happens when the soil is constantly damp for a long time. Several potential threats to succulent plants…
…have already been discussed. However, the good news is there are quick and simple remedies you can use…
…to eradicate bugs from your succulent plants.
Jade as a succulent plant, have a good resilience that can accompany you and besides it’s easy to take care of it.
For us who’s kind of lazy, to take care general houseplant, so that’s it!
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These remedies can help you keep your succulents free of pests.
I hope this helps. Thank you for reading. Cao!