houseplant pests

Plant Pests?

Dealing with Pests

Unfortunately any gardener knows that having to deal with pests can be an occasional inconvenience. We show you how to deal with this.

The most common complaint we receive about pests are aphids. Stay with us to see how to deal with these.

We usually suggest you try spraying the leaves and plant with a solution of diluted dishwashing liquid at a ratio of 1 part dishwashing liquid to 10 parts water. Wipe away any bugs that may remain on the leaves with a cotton wool bud soaked in the liquid, repeat this until the bugs go away.

You can also use a natural/organic bug spray such as Neem Oil which will help to repel any insects inhabiting your plant.

Remember, whilst treating your plant please try to move it away from other plants to prevent any spread.

Aphids, however, are not the only things that can occur some other insects or organisms that are beneficial for your tree or plant:

  • Earthworms - these small but wonderful creatures are beneficial for your tree or plants because they help to keep the soil of your tree or plant healthy by aerating it and fertilising it with their husks. If you do not want them, we kindly suggest rehoming them in your garden or local park.
  • House Spiders - these little animals, even if they are creepy looking, are also beneficial for your tree or plants as they act as a natural insecticide by eating any insects that may be inhabiting your tree or plant.
  • Ladybugs or Ladybirds - these iconic black and red spotted insects act as a natural insecticide by eating other smaller insects that may inhabit your tree or plants - especially actual pests such as aphids.

We value all life, therefore we sincerely suggest and kindly ask you remove and rehome any unwanted insects or other organisms instead of killing them. 

We are more than happy to help in any way we can so if you're still having problems or have encountered something new, simply send us an email with a photo attached and we will do our best to help you.