How to Get Rid of Houseplant Bugs

By March 26, 2021Flower
How to Get Rid of Houseplant Bugs

To help you keep your houseplants in the best condition, here’s a guide to five of the most common bugs that can wreak havoc on stems, leaves, and nodes. Plus, our experts share how to get the infestation under control.

No one likes to find their flower gardening efforts thwarted by hungry insects intent on making a meal of prize specimens. However, some insect pests do more than just snack on our plants; they can introduce fungi and other diseases that can sound the death knell for our favorite flowers.

Gardeners everywhere curse the presence of tiny aphids on rose, honeysuckle, and other flowering foliage growth tips in the springtime.1 The sucking action of these insect pests causes stunted growth and deformed leaves and flowers. However, aphids bring more havoc to the flower garden by transmitting plant viruses and fostering the growth of black sooty mold fungus.

Start your aphid battle the natural way:

  • Plant sweet alyssum in the flower garden to draw beneficial wasps.
  • Include cosmos to attract hungry lacewings, and add penstemon or yarrow to attract ladybugs.
  • Insect soap and a strong blast of water will take care of heavy infestations.
  • Encourage ladybugs in your garden. A single ladybug can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in its one-year lifespan and larvae eat hundreds before they pupate.


There are a number of bugs that can infest your plants, either indoors or outdoors. If you notice your plant is not growing the same as it once did, is a different color, or has visible bugs on it, you need to take action in order to save your potted plant.

Plants are known to bring around bugs, after all many bugs sustain life by using plants as their food and home. Carefully inspecting your plants on a regular basis will help prevent an outbreak from getting too bad. Here we detail the most common types of bugs found on plants, as well as ways you can help prevent an infestation from taking your favorite potted plants hostage.

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