Problems with houseplants typically arise because of the growing conditions they are living in. This could include too little or too much humidity as well as a fluctuation in the temperature. However, there are lots of steps that can be taken to get rid of common pests, as well as preventing them altogether.
For extra precaution, owners can also sterilise the area by rubbing it with alcohol.
The next step is to use natural soaps and detergents to disinfect the houseplant.
Essential Living said: “Now wash the infested plant with insecticidal soap, or you can use a mild liquid soap, as soap can kill houseplant bugs on contact.
“Some contain degreasers and detergents that can harm sensitive plants, therefore be careful with the type you choose.
Houseplants are more susceptible to pest infestations during the winter months due to the change in temperature.
This means going forward, long-term plant protection should be used to ensure the pests do not return.
Essential Living said: “Your plants should be fully disinfested by now, however, to make sure they can restore a healthy condition and avoid an infestation going forward, you can treat the plant with neem oil which works as a long-term indoor plant pest control and prevention.
“Alternatively, you could use horticultural oil or a hot pepper wax concentrate which can protect up to two weeks per spray.”
For flying tests, the experts advised using yellow sticky fly traps to capture and kill tiny bugs, this can prevent them from flying to nearby plants too.
For larger bugs, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck them up, getting them under control as quickly as possible before they spread even more.
The experts added: “Just be careful not to vacuum your plants in the process!”