It can be really frustrating when a plant is doing well and it suddenly wilts and appears to be struggling, or even dying. Your first thought maybe ‘what have I done wrong?’
However, before you assume you’ve killed your plant with too much water, or not enough, it is important to consider the affect pests can have on plants.
For example, the spider mite will damage the delicate infrastructure of a plant making it difficult for the plant to control water retention. The result is a weakened plant in a surprisingly quick space of time.
It is important to recognize that the pest control experts may be able to identify an issue that you’ve missed, they are the experts! In fact, getting the exterminators in quickly can make a huge difference to the survival of your plants.
Here’s what you need to do to reduce the risk of indoor plant pest infestation:
Seal The Area
If your plants are inside then you need to minimize the opportunity for pests to get to them. This means making sure all vents are properly secured and netted, as well as considering adding netting to your windows and doors, making it harder for pests to get in.
You’re less likely to have an issue from under the house but it is still worth checking the outside of your home and sealing any gaps.
If you’re purchasing new plants or have been given any then it is essential that you quarantine them, well away from your existing plants. Ideally, you should do this for 2-3 months, but if this isn’t a practical option it should be for at least 5-7 days and your plant leaves should not be allowed to touch.
This will give you the time to assess the plant and ensure it is not bringing any pests into your indoor plants.
It is also important to visually inspect your plants on a regular basis for any pests. You should pay particular attention to the undersides of the leaves where many pests hide. Using a magnifying glass can help to ensure you see any issues.
Catching an issue early is essential if you want to save your plants.
The safest way is to talk to your local experts regarding the most effective solution. You can also use insecticides, although you need to be careful if spraying them in a confined space or on a plant that produces fruit or vegetables.
There are other solutions, such as water with a small amount of dish soap, washing the plants can help to keep pests at bay.
You can also remove infected plants or parts of them if it helps to prevent an infection from spreading. This may be the best solution if the infestation is bad, indoor plants tend to have less resistance to pests, getting rid of one may be the only way to save the rest of your plants. Regular inspections really will help to save your plants!
Of course, you can always opt for plants that are naturally insect resistant.