House Plant Pest Profile: Scale


There are 8000 species of scale insects worldwide, and they vary quite a bit in terms of appearance. I don’t currently have any plants with armoured scale (the worst one imo), but I lost a big palm to it once, and I never want to encounter it again. Although, it was kind of fun picking …

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House Plant Pest Profile: Aphids


I actually got a picture of an aphid! Thanks, Unsplash! They’re gross! I mean, I know you all know what aphids look like, but STILL. My plants are currently battling aphids. I got a load on my string of pearls (it was very overwatered when I got it and they saw an opportunity, the swines), …

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House Plant Pest Profile: Thrips


Thrips, like mealybugs, were not forthcoming with the stock photos. Maybe they’re shy. Oh well. Unlike mealybugs, I’ve never actually had thrips (I don’t think) so you’ll just have to google images if you want to know what they look like. I assure you, if I get them, I’ll share the pictures. ***UPDATE*** I got …

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House Plant Pest Profile: Mealybugs

Mealybugs are one of the most common house plant pests, so it’s unlikely that you’ll never have to deal with them. Plants can tolerate a small amount though, so don’t panic and throw your plant out if you spot them. I don’t have a picture of mealy bugs, so for the meantime, you’ll just have …

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How to get rid of house plant pests

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I’m going to start by giving you a little advice that will both help and horrify you: Once you have house plant pests, it’s super hard to entirely eradicate them if you have a lot of plants. So check your plants often and spray with neem oil as a preventative. Fuckin’ house plant bugs. Out …

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