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Insect Pests on Houseplants

 

Mealybugs
Spider Mites

For all chemical controls, READ AND FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE

 


 

 
 
 
 
 
Mealybugs

Symptoms:

  • Appear on houseplants. White cottony patches are seen on undersides of leaves, stems and leaf/stem junctions
  • Clear, sticky honeydew present during severe infestations.

Controls - Cultural or Non-chemical:

  • Handpick small amounts or rub off with cotton swabs soaked in alcohol
  • Larger infestions can be sprayed with straight isopropyl alcohol

Controls - Chemical:

  • Safer's Soap or Trounce can be sprayed.

 

 

 

 

 

Spider Mites

Plants Affected:

  • Numerous

Symptoms:

  • Stippling - tiny dots in foliage
  • Yellowing of foliage - "haze" on foliage

Controls - Cultural or Non-chemical:

  • Strong jet of water
  • Keep plants misted
  • Fall debris cleanup

Controls - Chemical:

  • Insecticidal Soap, miticide such as malathion, Safer's 3 in 1. Product must state: Miticide or that it treats Mites.