Pests of Indoor Plants
Insect Pests in Home Gardens
- Start Healthy: Transplant only strong healthy plants. Stressed plants are more susceptible to pests and disease.
- Sanitation: Many pests over-winter in old plant material. Keep your garden clear of last years foliage.
- Weed Control: Many weeds actually attract insect pests. Weeding your garden will make it less attractive to them.
- Water Early: Some pests prefer moist areas. Water early in the day and space plants to provide good air circulation.
- Physical Removal: Examining your plants regularly and physically removing pests early will prevent their populations from getting out of control.
- Physical Barriers: The use of floating row covers over your plants and wrapping stems with foil or cardboard can prevent infestations.
- Biologicals: Release beneficial predator insects such as ladybugs into your garden.
- Use Pesticides: Pesticides, whether organic or synthetic, should be used as a last resort. Only spot spray affected plants. Remove plants with serious infestations.
- Consult Professionals: Take a sample of the plant and pest to your local garden center or extension service for proper identification of the pest and advice on the most effective chemical control for you.
Pill Bugs, Sow Bugs, & Roly-Polies are the names commonly given to separate, but related, species of isopods (land dwelling crustaceans). These minor nuisance pests can be found living in damp areas where they primarily feed on decaying matter. Large populations may feed on young seedlings and their plant damage is similar to slugs resulting in holes in leaves.
CONTROL: Eliminate their preferred habitats around the exterior of your home. Seal door thresholds and windows to prevent entry. Spray the foundation of your home with cyfluthrin or permethrin or use diatomaceous earth.