Houseplant Pests

Houseplant Pests

Like outdoor plants, houseplants can also experience pest problems. Did you know that too much or too little watering is the most common way that houseplants die? They can also suffer from too much or too little light, incorrect fertilization, and a variety of pests and diseases. Knowing the proper growing conditions for your houseplant and checking regularly for signs of pests or disease are the best ways to keep your houseplants healthy.

If your houseplant is looking unhealthy, our newest publication Pest Notes: Houseplant Problems can help you find out what may be wrong. Authored by UCCE Environmental Horticulturalists Dennis Pittenger and Donald Hodel, this new resource can help you narrow down the cause of a plant problem and decide what actions to take.  If you find . You'll find sections on many common pests like aphids, mites, and mealybugs as well as leaf spots, wilting, or other disease symptoms. Once you've figured out the problem, you will also be able to find out how to manage to manage it use less toxic methods.

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By Belinda J. Messenger-Sikes
Author - Urban IPM Writer Editor
By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area IPM Advisor