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Manage your indoor pest problems

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LSU AgCenter
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You may think that house plants are shielded from insect problems, but that's simply not the case.

When they do occur, indoor pest infestations can be devastating if they're not dealt with promptly and effectively.

Indoor outbreaks can spread rapidly because of the environment indoors. We often group our house plants close together indoors in well-lit areas. These pests also have no natural predators.

The three most common pests indoors... mealy bugs, scale insects, and spider mites.

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."