Protect them from pests by using a few tricks to ward any unwanted creatures away!
You can buy glue traps for fungus gnats. They are especially attracted to any that are bright yellow. To avoid mites or other pests without using strong or harmful pesticides, try hydrogen peroxide! In a spray bottle, I do one part 3% hydrogen peroxide, and two parts water. I mist the leaves, and if I have a run-in with any pests directly, I focus on the soil.
Are you a student? You can also put those pencil shavings to good use as well by placing them on your topsoil. I did not know this, but pencils are made from cedar wood, and pests cannot stand it, especially if shavings are on damp soil. How cool is that?
Here are some clues to identify pests: fungus gnats are just little flies that hover around your plants. They adore moist soil, a foundation for the next generation of gnats. The hydrogen peroxide mix recipe will help stop eggs in the soil from hatching. The glue traps will help reduce them in their tracks, especially if the trap is yellow. For some reason, bright yellow really attracts their magnifying eyes!
Spider mites are sneaky, you will never see them before they strike. But, you will notice that they are vacating your plant by the web they leave behind in the alcoves of the victims’ stems. To get rid of these nuisances, wash your leaves by placing them in a shower or wiping them down and then spraying them with the hydrogen peroxide mixture.
Scales look exactly like it…silvery scales. They enjoy sapping the life out of your plant and will do it quickly. To get rid of these, dab the insects with a paper towel that has been dipped in hydrogen peroxide or shower your plant.
When battling pests, the key is consistency. Take a moment to look over your plants to see if there are any signs of visitors on their leaves or stems, and if you have to go to war, spray over your plant with the peroxide mix every other week. It can be frustrating battling with these stubborn pests, but you’ve got it, and if your plant is too far gone, that is totally fine too. I have lost many plants from insects, so don’t let it bug you! (Get it?)