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🌱 Pest Patrol: Safeguarding Your Houseplants Against Unwanted Guests 🪲

Hello Plant Enthusiasts,

Welcome to our special edition newsletter focused on pest control for houseplants! As much as we adore our leafy companions, sometimes unwanted visitors find their way into our indoor jungles. But fear not! We've gathered essential tips, tricks, and advice to help you keep your plants pest-free and thriving.

Identifying the Culprits: Common Houseplant Pests

From tiny spider mites to sneaky mealybugs, we'll help you identify the most common pests that can wreak havoc on your beloved green friends. Learn how to spot the early signs and symptoms of infestation. Not sure how? Contact us for a Plant Doctor Visit! We offer in home consultations or electronically through Zoom.

Spider Mites:

Tiny little white dots that create the smallest webs between mounds of the leaves.

These guys LOVE Alocasia and Calathea.

Mealie Bugs:

Fuzzy white dots the size of a crayon tip or smaller. These guys LOVE Pothos.


Fast moving skinny small bugs beige or brown.


Lumps that seem to never move. They're brown and scaley and can be scaped off.

Natural Remedies: The Gentle Approach

Discover natural solutions to tackle pests without resorting to harsh chemicals. We explore techniques like neem oil sprays, insecticidal soap, and homemade vinegar solutions that keep your plants healthy and your home chemical-free. Have you tried our Secret Spray yet? She works wonders! Find this at either of our locations.

Of course, here are some natural pest spray recipes specifically suitable for indoor plants:

1. Soap and Water Spray:

This simple and gentle spray helps control soft-bodied pests like aphids and mealybugs.


- 1 teaspoon mild liquid soap (Castile or Dawn Dish soap work well)

- 1 quart of water


1. Mix the liquid soap and water in a spray bottle.

2. Gently shake to combine.

3. Spray the solution on your indoor plants, focusing on areas with pest activity.

4. Allow the solution to sit for a few hours, then gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove pests.

5. Repeat the process every 5-7 days as needed.

2. Vinegar Spray:

Vinegar disrupts pests and can discourage them from infesting your indoor plants.


- 1 part white vinegar

- 3 parts water


1. Mix the vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

2. Shake gently to combine.

3. Spray the solution on your indoor plants, avoiding sensitive plants or those with furry leaves.

4. Repeat every 2 weeks or as needed, taking care not to overuse on sensitive plants.

3. Rubbing Alcohol Spray:

Rubbing alcohol can help control pests like spider mites and mealybugs.


- 1 part rubbing alcohol

- 1 part water


1. Mix the rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle.

2. Gently shake to combine.

3. Test the solution on a small area of your plant first to ensure it doesn't cause damage.

4. If the plant tolerates the solution, spray it on affected areas.

5. Use this spray sparingly, as excessive use may harm certain plants.

4. Chrysanthemum Flower Spray (Pyrethrin):

Chrysanthemum flowers contain Pyrethrins, which are effective against various pests.


- Dried chrysanthemum flowers (available at gardening stores)

- Boiling water


1. Steep a handful of dried chrysanthemum flowers in boiling water for several hours.

2. Strain the liquid and let it cool.

3. Transfer the solution to a spray bottle.

4. Test the spray on a small section of your plant before applying it fully.

5. Spray your plants, focusing on areas with pest activity.

6. Use caution and avoid spraying excessively, as some plants may be sensitive.

4. Neem Oil Spray:

Neem oil is a natural insect repellent and fungicide.


- 2 tablespoons neem oil

- 1 teaspoon mild liquid soap (Castile soap works well)

- 1 gallon of water


1. Mix the neem oil and liquid soap in a spray bottle.

2. Add the water and shake well to combine.

3. Spray the mixture on the affected plants, targeting pests like aphids, mealybugs, and mites.

4. Reapply every 7-14 days or as needed.

5. Garlic and Pepper Spray:

Garlic and pepper have natural insect-repelling properties.


- 2 whole garlic bulbs

- 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

- 1 teaspoon mild liquid soap

- 1 gallon of water


1. Crush the garlic bulbs and mix them with the cayenne pepper.

2. Add the mixture to a gallon of water and let it steep overnight.

3. Strain the mixture and add the liquid soap.

4. Spray the solution on plants, focusing on areas with pest activity.

5. Reapply every 1-2 weeks.

6. Oil and Soap Spray:

This spray suffocates soft-bodied insects like aphids and whiteflies.


- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (like canola or sunflower oil)

- 1 teaspoon mild liquid soap

- 1 quart of water


1. Mix the oil and liquid soap in a spray bottle.

2. Add the water and shake well to emulsify.

3. Spray the solution on plants, making sure to cover both sides of the leaves.

4. Apply in the early morning or late afternoon to prevent sunburn on the leaves.

5. Reapply every 7-10 days.

Remember that while these natural sprays are generally safe for indoor plants, it's important to test them on a small area of your plant first to ensure they don't cause any adverse reactions. Additionally, always monitor your plants for any signs of stress or damage after applying any treatment.

Preventive Measures: Keeping Pests at Bay

They say prevention is the best cure, and we couldn't agree more. Get proactive with preventive measures such as quarantine protocols for new plants, maintaining proper humidity levels, and regular inspections.

Look for yellowing or discolored leaves. Sometimes it's a watering or sunlight issue, but if the environment hasn't changed, it's probably a pest. Most pests live under the leaves. Make sure to look on the underside for anything moving, fuzzy and white, or brown and lumpy along the stock.

Every time you bring a new plant home, make sure she's stays away from all of your current plants to make sure she's not infested. Sometimes, pests can surface weeks after adoption.

We recommend treating new plants just in case!

SOS: Emergency Pest Control Plan

If you're facing a full-blown pest crisis, don't panic! We've got your back with a step-by-step emergency pest control plan that will help you swiftly address the issue and save your plants.

Most pests lay their eggs in the soil. Sometimes, if the infestation is bad enough, we recommend repotting in fresh soil. If the infestation is overwhelming, it's okay to throw the plant out. Remember, these are our mental health friends. Once they do not add to that appeal, toss her out. We know, it hurts!

You can also remove the top 2 inches of soil and replace it with a fresh coat. Spray your plant down with our Secret Spray or your pest spray of choosing. You can also make your own mixture. Make sure it has Neem Oil, Dawn Dish Soap, Castile Soap or some other insecticidal ingredient. Let the mixture sit on the leaves for about 5 minutes and keep her out of direct sunlight. Wipe down the leaves or place her in a sink or bathtub and give her a good shower. We recommend spraying again and leaving the mixture on the leaves. If you're making your own, make sure the ingredients allow this method!

Re-treat your infested plant babies once a week until you no longer see any signs of pests. Remove all of the leaves that have yellowed or browned so that your plant baby can send all its energy to the healthy leaves and stems.

Community Insight: Real Stories and Solutions

Learn from fellow plant lovers who've successfully battled pests and reclaimed their plant havens. Their experiences and strategies might just be the lifeline you need to rescue your green buddies. We recommend Plant Facebook groups! Here are a few in the Chattanooga area:


Chattanooga Houseplant Hobbyists

Cleveland Houseplant Lovers

Knoxville Houseplant Nerds

Upcoming Workshop: Houseplant 101

Mark your calendars for our upcoming workshop on pest management in houseplants. Our experts will guide you through hands-on techniques, answer your questions, and share insider tips.

We're here to support you on your pest control journey. Whether you're dealing with a minor inconvenience or a full-scale invasion, remember that you're not alone in this. Reach out to us with your questions, share your pest control success stories, and let's keep our indoor gardens thriving!

Wishing you pest-free and joy-filled in-home gardening,

Mina P.


P.S. Check out our range of pest-prevention products and tools to equip yourself in the battle against plant pests!

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