This post shares my experience on how to prevent bugs on indoor plants
I love having plants in my home, but because I have cats and an indoor dog, I worry about them bringing in little critters that might nibble on my plants. So far, I haven’t had too much of a problem with this, but I still inspect my plants frequently. The one plant that seems to get the most attention is my spider plant.
I clean the leaves of dust or any dead bugs, but the spider plant has been covered in tiny bugs for months. After doing some research, I discovered that these aren’t bad bugs; they are called mealybugs and they won’t harm your plants at all. They do however, attract other bugs that will attack your plants. So now I have to figure out how to get rid of the mealybugs and keep the other bug away.
What attracts mealybugs?
Mealybugs are attracted to two main things: overwatering and dirty leaves.
There are several ways on how to prevent bugs in potted plants. But my preferred way is to eliminate the bugs before they lay eggs in your favorite plants before they even have the opportunity to ruin your indoor garden.
1. Be selective about the plant you buy. pay attention if the plant is an indoor or outdoor being, depending on the type of plant you buy and the conditions in which it will live. Therefore, it’s extremely important that you choose plants from reputable vendors. These will be plants that have been bred to resist pests and other threats, resulting in a healthier plant overall. Bug-free plants are better able to fight off pests because they have been bred to resist them.
2. Avoid bottling up your plants in a closed garage or basement where they can’t get natural sunlight. Instead, grow herbs and other plants that prefer the shade. These include mint, parsley, basil, rosemary, sage, and oregano.
3. Use a soap-and-water spray to clean the leaves of your plants, then rinse thoroughly.
Those will be enough to prevent bugs in your indoor plants. Keep doing this regularly will make sure your indoor plants are healthy and green.
Gardening is my passion and growing plants indoors has always been a stress relief for me. Grow a banana tree in my apartment once (although failed to produce bananas).