It is January, after all. My snowshoes are begging for attention.
And, so are my windowsill flowers. I gave everyone a might soak this morning.
While I was doing so I spotted the first intruder. My bugs are back. Geez! That didn't take too long.
I moved recently, just a few months ago, and so I took that grand opportunity to de-bug all of my plants. Cut them back, re-potted, and in many cases, just kicked 'em to the curb, if the infestation was too much. This is the first time, in 10 years, that I've been without a Plumeria blossom. :(
I've got gnats on my mind but there are lots of other pesky buggers out to mess with your indoor flowers..
Shower Time is a great way to rid yourself of aphids. Set beloved houseplants in the shower to wash off these nasty bastards.
I've had good luck with apple cider vinegar. (Set a small cup of it near your potted plants.) There is, of course, a wide array of chemical sprays you could use, but some of them are so toxic they could kill your cat.
* If bugs were as cute as these pictures, I probably wouldn't mind. Here's an i.d. of the most common criminals:
- Aphids: Persistent little green, brown, black bugs that collect on new plant growth.
- Mealy Bugs: White fluffy stuff collecting on plant stems.
- Scale: Hard brown shell hides a despicable character inside.
- Spider Mites: Little spider webs appear on flowers and leaves.
Good luck with your de-bugging and stay warm, my friends.