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Keeping plants indoors prevents most pests from attacking them. However, sometimes pests hitch a ride indoors on new plants. Pests also may infest plants if we’ve kept them outdoors for a while.

Integrated pest management (IPM) can help you keep both plant pests and pesticides to a minimum.

Using pesticides on indoor plants poses different risks than using pesticides outdoors.

Houseplant pest control tips:

IPM means using what we know about the pest's biology and behavior to help control it. If we know what the pest needs, we may be able to change the local environment so that the pest cannot live there anymore.

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If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated October 18, 2023