When a houseplant looks less than healthy, most often it is the result of improper care. Factors such as too much or too little water, light, heat or fertilizer can cause many plant problems. However, in some cases the problem results from a pest infestation. Several insects and related pests feed on houseplants. These pests often come into the home on newly purchased plants or on those that have been outside for the summer.
To learn about insects and related pests that can feed on houseplants as well as how to prevent them and when necessary, how to control them (both culturally and chemically), refer to: HGIC 2252, Common Houseplant Insects & Related Pests.
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