CHI Good Questions: Do Houseplants Attract Bugs?

CHI Good Questions: Do Houseplants Attract Bugs?

Janel Laban
Jan 24, 2008

MC wants to know: Do plants in apartments attract bugs? I am thinking of using some colorful plants on a shelf to separate the sleeping area of my bedroom from the living area, but don't want gnats, ants, or, god forbid, worse. If you have suggestions on specific types of plants, that would also be helpful.

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MC, we haven't experienced this phenomenon before, but then again, we don't have that many indoor plants at home - we like the look, but as our thumbs are not the greenest.

A little research turned up the fact, that yes, it is possible to have your houseplants attract bugs.The good news is that there is just a small variety of "indoor bugs" and the plants can be treated with non-harmful but effective remedies/preventative measures. Two simple, safe solutions we read about were : Neem Oil (an extract from tree seeds) and fatty soaps (like Murphy's Oil or Safer Soap).

We say, go green! The incidence of bug infestation seems pretty minor and the benefits to the look and feel of your home (and air quality) seems worth the (small) risk.

We'd love some more indoor bug info AND some good plant suggestions for MC - please let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below...

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