Identifying common pests on houseplants is essential for maintaining their health. We first start looking for signs of damage such as holes, discoloration or wilting. It is also good to check for unusual webbing or sticky residue on the leaves. Some pests like the larvae of fungus gnats inhabit the soil of houseplants. Inspect the soil’s surface for tiny insects flying around or crawling on top.
Here are 5 common pests that are visible on the plants themselves:
Some pests are extremely small and hard to spot with the naked eye. Utilize a magnifying glass or a smartphone with a macro lens to inspect your plants more closely. If you are unsure of a particular pest, Blossm has a very friendly and welcoming forum within the app where you can get help and advice from fellow plant lovers!
From here, it is important to take action promptly. Start by isolating the affected plants from the healthy ones to prevent further infestation. Consider natural remedies like insecticidal soaps, neem oil, or homemade solutions like a mixture of water and mild dish soap to control the pests. For severe infestations, you may need to resort to specific chemical insecticides but use them with caution and follow the instructions carefully.