How do I identify houseplant bugs?
Changes in leaf color or texture can signal an insect problem. Leaves may become spotted, speckled or yellowed when insects are present. Leaves might also become distorted or misshapen, often looking cupped or pinched. You may spot webbing draped along leaf undersides or where leaves attach to stems.
What are the little bugs on my houseplants?
A: They’re most likely fungus gnats. These little buggers are a really common pest over winter, and they’re more attracted to the moist soil in houseplant pots than to the plants themselves. Though the adults look like tiny mosquitoes, they don’t bite or sting or cause plant damage.
How do you get rid of houseplant bugs?
How to get rid of these bugs: Remove any heavily infested parts of the plant. Wipe off insects elsewhere with a damp rag or spray them off with water in the bathtub. You can also dislodge them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or vegetable oil, or spray them with insecticidal soap.
What do fungus gnats look like?
Appearance: Adult fungus gnats are a grayish-black color and have gray or see-through wings. Their long legs and long antennae give them a mosquito-like appearance, though they are much, much smaller in size. Compared to a fruit fly, fungus gnats have a thinner body with longer legs and antennae.
What can you spray on plants to keep bugs off?
A great recipe for a homemade bug spray for vegetable plants is to use one tablespoon of dish soap, one cup of vegetable oil, one quart of water, and one cup of rubbing alcohol.
How do I know if my plants have fungus gnats?
Fungus gnats are weak flyers and they usually don’t stray too far from the plant. However, they can infest other plants that are located in close proximity. You may see the gnats, which are attracted to light, buzzing around light bulbs or on walls and windows near your plants.