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Indoor Plants: Pest Control

Even when plants are kept inside, diseases and insects can affect them. When you purchase plants, carefully examine them to be sure they're free of pests. After bringing a plant home, isolate it for at least a month before placing it with other plants.

Every now and again, take your indoor plants outside and spray them with a forceful stream of room-temperature water, making sure you spray under the leaves. This action will remove many insects before they have a chance to become established on your plants.

Many indoor insect pest problems can be controlled with insecticidal soap products, available from your local garden center. Make sure you properly identify the problem before you attempt a control. Many disease and insect problems can sometimes be easy to confuse.

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