Preventing House Plant Bugs

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How to prevent house plant bugs; get professional tips and advice from an expert on caring for indoor plants and flowers in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Hi! My name is Austin Shepard and I am here with Expert Village. Today I am going to be talking to you about bugs on your plants and what to do about them. So let's say you are looking at your household plant and you notice either little white things crawling on it or maybe a powdery mildew on its leaves. Maybe you notice little spider webs, so first you are going to get rid of all the bugs. You are not going to dust a plant that has bugs because those bugs will get on your duster and move on to the next plant. So what you are going to want to do is take a wet cloth one that you don't mind throwing away when you are done and basically wiping off the tops of the leaves and the underside of the leaf and then spray your plant with a soap and water mixture. So if you don't have a special sort of insecticide soap, you can take your average household soap right out of your sink and mix it with water and putting it into a spray bottle and just give the plant a good spray. Basically the soap and the water is going to destroy and kill most of the insects. If you have a plant that has already been infested, throw the plant away. Throw away all the plants that are infested and actually wash down the pots if you are going to reuse them with soap and water because you don't want to put a new plant in a pot that already has bugs in it. You want to take a magnifying glass and really magnify the leaves of your other plants to make sure that there are no bugs because once there are, it is really hard to get rid of them and it is really easy for them to spread.