Yards throughout Tallahassee, FL are filled with various plants this time of year, bringing life to the city. Some people decide to uproot the plants from their gardens and bring them indoors, making the indoors more beautiful but potentially infesting their home with different house insects. Even if you buy houseplants from a garden center, there's a chance that you could bring insects home with you. McCall Service has a few things to keep in mind if you want to brighten your home with plants without making room for bugs.
3 Ways to Keep Out House Insects
Inspect new houseplants for bugs.
Some bugs hide in the planters; others are sitting on the leaves in plain sight. Look for eggs on the leaves or small bugs on or around the stems. If you see them, avoid bringing the plants into your home.
Look for signs of pest damage.
Wilting and brown patches or spots on leaves are a couple signs of pest damage. You'll want to check for signs if you're planning to bring outdoor plants inside, even if you buy them from a dedicated plant nursery or greenhouse. Some insects find their way inside homes after hitchhiking on the plants. Checking for damage can help you catch a few bugs before you bring them to your home.
Take preventative action against pests.
Outdoor pests can find their way inside your home by flying or crawling through gaps around windows, doors, vents, and other points of entry. Some of these pests include:
- Fungus gnats
- Spider mites
Once they're indoors, they navigate toward the plants to feast on the sap in the leaves. Sealing the cracks and crevices around your home will help to keep these pests outside where they belong.
Keeping Bugs Out of Your Houseplants
The warm, humid climate in Tallahassee, FL creates the ideal conditions for pest insects. If you're going to uproot flowers or to buy plants from a nursery, inspect them beforehand. For added assurance, seal any entry points around your home to keep pests from coming in and attacking your plants. Contact McCall Service for more help or to to learn about how we eliminate and prevent pest infestations for homes across the area.