Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pests In Your Houseplants?

After keeping your plants indoors all winter long, you may find more life than only your plant. If you find that little pests or bugs are living in your houseplant, it can be a bit alarming, but not a hard thing to fix. Here are a few common houseplant pests and how Camdenton Farm and Garden can help!


Spider Mites

You’ll be able to find these pests if you notice the telltale webbing on your plants. You’ll likely find it on the inner joints of plants and among the types of lush foliage.

These tiny pests are about the size of a pinhead and can damage your plants by sucking their juices. If your plants get attacked, you’ll notice yellow stippling on the leaves. If the infestation isn't treated, the leaves will turn yellow and brittle. You can treat your plants with an insecticide, like what we have at our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mealybugs

These pests will show themselves as small, cottony white blobs on the stem joints. You may also find them along the stems. They feed off of the plants by sucking the life right out of them. You’ll notice that your plants look like they are drying out no matter how often you water, this can be a sign of mealy bugs.

Mealybugs can be challenging to get rid of, but if you catch the problem early, you can cut out the infested branches. You can also dab the mealy bugs with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. If you find a bad case of mealy bugs, you may want to get rid of the plant. This can help save the rest of your plants from getting infected.

Scales

These little pests are akin to the Mealybugs because they suck the sap from the plants. This will leave them too weak to sustain themselves. The difference is that they cover themselves with a hard, oval shell when they attach to the plant. They can be very challenging to remove once they’ve attached themselves.

Often, pesticides don’t penetrate their hard shells. You may be able to scrap them off with your fingernail. If the scales are young, you can treat with insecticidal products. But this is only when they are unprotected and moving to a new location.

Aphids

Aphids are small green, white, yellow, or black spots that can surface on all parts of a plant. Aphids reproduce quickly, and an infestation can cover the plant in days. They are soft-bodied insects, though, and can be killed with a strong blast of water or an insecticide. They can be persistent, so if you want to get rid of them, you'll need to be diligent.

Try Fertilome Triple Action Plus

This is the safest and most diverse product on the market. It contains pyrethrins, which are an organic insecticide that is safe to use up to the day of harvest. It also contains fungicidal agent and miticide. It’s ready to use or in concentrate, and a MUST for any gardener - indoors or out! We have plenty of insecticides at the Lake of the Ozarks! We can help you find something to rid you of bugs, while also keeping your plant thriving. Come out and see us sometime!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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