How to Identify and Control how to get rid of ants in my house House Plant Pests Our House Plants

• three – spray the plant liberally with the solution, make sure you target the aphids themselves so this may how to get rid of ants in my house involve moving the bottle or plant into different positions to how to get rid of ants in my house reach everything. It’s important you do this as aphids must be covered how to get rid of ants in my house in the solution for it to work.

Mealybugs are related to scale insects and cause damage by how to get rid of ants in my house sucking sap from plants. They are reasonably large as far as pests go, resembling furry white woodlice. They cluster together and on first glance you might think how to get rid of ants in my house you are looking at cotton wool. If left untreated their damage will cause the leaves of how to get rid of ants in my house the plant to yellow and eventually drop off. Symptoms

It’s very common to be able to spot the insects how to get rid of ants in my house before you start noticing symptoms on the plant, colonies of mealybugs tend to group on the undersides of how to get rid of ants in my house leaves and in the leaf joints of plants. The plant will show you it is infested by wilting how to get rid of ants in my house and generally looking dehydrated, it may be losing leaves quite rapidly. Also look for sticky honeydew residue. Treatment

Of all the house plant pests you can come across how to get rid of ants in my house the red spider mite is arguably the most feared. The damage caused isn’t necessarily the worst, but their prevalence and difficultly in removing can be quite how to get rid of ants in my house trying and frustrating. Like their name suggests they are arachnids and therefore related how to get rid of ants in my house to normal spiders, however although they spin webs all over your plants they how to get rid of ants in my house don’t feed on flies, instead they eat the liquids found within plant leaves. The webbing is used to protect the colony and basically how to get rid of ants in my house open up quick access "roads" to different parts of the plant, if allowed to get out of hand you will have how to get rid of ants in my house a mini metropolis on your hands. Symptoms

The sticky webbing is one of the most obvious signs how to get rid of ants in my house these insects have set up home. However the most common symptom on the plant is mottled how to get rid of ants in my house leaves with lots of little brown dots. This is caused by the spiders piercing the leaf cells how to get rid of ants in my house with their mouthparts which then causes the cells they’ve pierced to die and in turns creates this brown how to get rid of ants in my house speckling effect. Treatment

• organic: these mites hate water and humid conditions. It can take a while to completely remove the pests, but if you pop your plant in the shower each how to get rid of ants in my house week and give it a tepid shower you will help how to get rid of ants in my house to wash off the webbing and gradually reduce the spider how to get rid of ants in my house mite numbers. During the days between showers, mist the plant daily to help increase humidity. Check our humidity guide for other ideas you might like how to get rid of ants in my house to try.

• organic: if multiple plants are effected, or you live in an area where they are a how to get rid of ants in my house regular problem (perhaps also with your garden or yard plants) it might be worth purchasing the predatory mite phytosieulus persimilis. They feed on red spider mite and will quickly outnumber how to get rid of ants in my house them if temperatures are above 18°C (64°F).

Scale is a tricky pest to identify and can be how to get rid of ants in my house difficult to eradicate. The insects have a hard outer brown shell that locks how to get rid of ants in my house them in place a bit like barnacles on a beach how to get rid of ants in my house at low tide. They are neatly camouflaged because even if you are looking how to get rid of ants in my house at them directly to the untrained eye you may still how to get rid of ants in my house think you are looking at a natural blemish on the how to get rid of ants in my house plant leaf. Symptoms

Quite simply, sticky honeydew everywhere. If the plant is near a window it will be how to get rid of ants in my house filthy with it, if near fabric the honeydew will eventually turn black and how to get rid of ants in my house create almost "sooty" like mould. Look closely at the underside of the leaves or on how to get rid of ants in my house the stems and you will see them as small round how to get rid of ants in my house or oblong brown discs. Treatment

They are only formidable because of their protective shield, if you can get rid of that then you’ve almost won the battle already. Although it’s rare to eradicate them in one go. Their offspring are very small and mobile therefore easy to how to get rid of ants in my house miss, in a few weeks they will set up home where how to get rid of ants in my house their parents once lived. Be prepared to treat the plant several times before they how to get rid of ants in my house go completely.

• chemical: if you need something stronger look for permethrin, derris (banned in many countries due to human health concerns) or malathion containing products. Be careful if using chemical sprays on ferns as they how to get rid of ants in my house can be very sensitive so use only as a last how to get rid of ants in my house resort.

There is nothing worse than having small annoying files zipping how to get rid of ants in my house around. You bat them away to start with, but with their constant distraction you seek out where they how to get rid of ants in my house are coming from and eventually find a small colony hovering how to get rid of ants in my house or running around the base of your house plant(s). Fortunately although very common they tend not to harm indoor how to get rid of ants in my house plants and are therefore more of a nuisance than anything. Symptoms

Spotting small black flies around 2mm long either flying around how to get rid of ants in my house near the plant, or running over the soil surface. The larvae are small worm like creatures, up to 1cm long, it’s hard to spot them though as they tend to how to get rid of ants in my house exist just under the soil surface. Treatment

• organic: if the plants are outdoors the easiest solution is to how to get rid of ants in my house put them in a protected place. High up etc. Slugs and snails have strong homing instincts returning to the how to get rid of ants in my house same areas night after night, so another idea is to move the plant to a how to get rid of ants in my house different place entirely.

• organic / chemical: if you have it in you, then you can also kill them. Either with a large boot or with slug pellets. As with all pests however they do play a vital how to get rid of ants in my house role in the natural cycle of things, in particular making a delicious meal for birds and small how to get rid of ants in my house animals like hedgehogs. So if you can’t bring yourself to kill them something else will do how to get rid of ants in my house the job for you eventually.

Springtails are small, white or grey insects that live off the decaying organic how to get rid of ants in my house matter found in soils. They are small (although can be seen easily with the human eye as how to get rid of ants in my house they stand out against the dark compost) and best resemble fleas, they aren’t really pests at all as they do no damage. However their presence often attracts attention because when you water how to get rid of ants in my house and are consequently paying more attention to the plant than how to get rid of ants in my house usual, the water triggers the springtails to go wild with movement how to get rid of ants in my house and thereby alerting you to their existence. Symptoms

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