Oregon State Extension: Get Indoor Pests to Bug Off Without Chemicals

Insects lurking under leaves, climbing up stems and settling into the soil of houseplants frustrate indoor gardeners to no end.

But there are answers, according to Amy Dreves, an entomologist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

“Winter is a good time to check indoor plants for sap-sucking insects like mites, thrips, mealybugs, scales, whiteflies and aphids,” she said. “Spotting problems and responding to them early can keep populations from exploding.”

Dreves suggests a number of strategies to keep your indoor pests at bay without resorting to chemical controls.

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