Bugs on plants can be immensely deteriorating to the plants since they reduce the quality of the leaves and also hinder the growth. They will be needed to be removed from the plants as early as possible so that the life of the plant is sustained. Here are some easy solutions to get rid of bugs either naturally or with some convenient steps:
Use Homemade Remedies
- Take 5-6 tablespoons of dish wash liquid and mix it with 4 cups of water. Use this spray over the plants to get rid of spider mites and aphids as it is dehydrating for them.
- Keep a neem oil spray handy. It is very helpful for being an anti-fungicide, insecticide and natural repellant to the soft-bodied insects, aphids, scale, mites, caterpillars, gypsy moth, loopers, leaf miners, etc.
- Always keep a clove of garlic in the soil of the plants at your house to keep bugs out of the plants. Whenever sprouts of garlic etc. grow out of the plant, cut them immediately.
Keep Plants Inside Your House During Winters
The best solution to bugs on plants in the winter season is to keep the plants indoors.
- Once inside the houses, plants may grow sprouts as they are no longer in contact with predators from outdoor.
- Beware that spider mites can survive in dry and warm houses.
- Yes, just water. A heavy downpour from a spray pipe is the easiest solution to get rid of bugs in your plants. Water must be put at proper amounts as even more amounts can have reverse effects.
Use Cooking Oil Spray
Spray this straight out of your own kitchen. It is also one of the safest methods to use for the process.
- Take a cup of cooking oil mix it with tablespoon liquid soap for dishwashing. Use the concentrated solution to spray over plant leaves.
- This spray can repel thrips, scales, spider mites, whiteflies, mealybugs and other such insects from your plants.
- You can store the solution in a cool dry and dark place for future use.
Alcohol doesn’t just get you drunk. It is a natural solution for spider mites.
- Mix the alcohol (rubbing) in one part with one part of water.
- This diluted solution can be sprayed over leaves of the plants in your house to get rid of the spider bugs.
- One other solution is mixing isopropyl alcohol in one quart of water. This not only repels insects from houseplants but also gets rid of tropical foliage.
- Make nicotine tea by one cup of tobacco leaves in one gallon of warm water. Also, add one-fourth tablespoon of dishwasher soap for extra effect.
- The tobacco leaves should be dried and crushed when you use to make nicotine tea.
- Spray the liquid directly on the leaves.
- Nicotine sulfate is effective for sucking insects including spider mites, aphids, thrips, spider mites, and others.
- Take 2-3 tablespoons of red pepper in 1 gallon of water. Also, add a few drops of dish liquid soap.
- Even black pepper, ginger paprika, chili pepper or Dilli can work well if you don’t have red pepper as these also contain capsaicin.
- It would repel insects like spider mites.
- Oils such as basil, rosemary, rue, mint, thyme, lavender, and sage to detract insects.
- To make a spray, leave trimmings or crushed leaves soaked overnight. Strain the leaves in the morning. Else you can dilute the essential oil in the water. Use it as a spray.
Pyrethrum is made out of dried chrysanthemum flowers. It is an effective solution as it paralyzes insects it comes in contact with.
- Even the company manufacturing pest control, use pyrethrum spray in order to control the mosquitoes.
- Dilute the powder in the water and add a bit of dishwashing liquid soap.
- Store it in a cool place to use this natural insecticide further.
Use Milky Spore Powder
It is one of the most commonly used biological solutions for pest control. During the month of July or August mostly, grubs could be found in the gardens, plants, etc.
This powder tends to target the white grubs of Japanese beetles present on the upper surface. It works by germinating and multiplying in the grub itself which helps in killing it.
Introduce Good Bugs
Include green lacewings, praying mantis and lady beetles and other insects that act as a predator for garden pets.
- These are your friendly bugs. It is always advisable to buy some of these and release them in your lawn area or garden.
- One way of tempting these good bugs is to create a habitat for them inclusive of-good shelter, water, and food for them.
Plant Bugs in Potted Soil
Reduce the amount of watering to the soil. If bugs in potted soil are excessive, go for turning and mixing soil with a hand towel.
- The purpose behind the same is to lessen the hydration and enhance the air circulation.
- Increased air circulation will quicken the process of drying of the soil. Keep repeating it daily.
- This would expose the larvae of gnats to air and facilitate the killing of underground gnats.
- Use yellow sticky traps in the pots.
- Also, keep the plants clean and tidy.
- Remove the broken stems, fallen leaves, and other waste as it not only serves as a food source for gnats but also organic debris that harbors the gnats.