Plant Rescue - Bug-Treatment

Bug Treatment

*** Please do not bring your infested Houseplant to our Aurora Store without an Appointment - Please call +1 (437) 703-4215  ***

If your plant is dealing with a bug infestation, you might be unsure how to deal with it. Gabby's Plant Rescue can help you to manage this outbreak without getting your other plants infected.

Depending on the type of infestation. we can and will pick your plant up for you. or ask you to drop your plant of at another location. We offer this Service in Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, King City, Stouffville or the whole York Region.

The cost for this Service is 30% of the Retail Value of your Plant.
Pickup and Delivery available for an extra fee of $14.90 (York Region).

Full Disclosure: We cannot guarantee the success of the treatment.

Before you call, please determine the type of infestation:

1. Aphids

Aphids are commonly found on houseplants, and can deter plant growth by removing sap from the plant. Eventually, this robs the plant of vital nutrients, while the aphids colony continues to grow. Plants that have a serious aphids infestation become sticky with the honeydew this bug secretes.

This bug is usually visible on the underside of leaves huddled together in a cluster, and can be the same green color as your plant. The most natural way to get rid of aphids is to introduce ladybugs into the picture. (Read more about Aphids)


2. Spider Mites

You may need to bust out the magnifying glass in order to spot signs of spider mites, as these bugs are incredibly tiny. Plants that have spider mites typically lose their bright green coloring in exchange for a dull brown or washed out appearance.

Severe infestations will come with webbing all over the undersides of the leaves, and at this point it becomes difficult to eradicate the mites. Insecticides will not work to get rid of spider mites because they are not insects.

(Learn more about Spider Mites)

3. Mealybugs

These very determined bugs tend to return time and time again. A white cotton-like ‘fluff’ growing over your plant can identify mealybugs. The white is partially the mealy bugs but also it is the waxy substance the bug secretes, which also works to help protect them from being sprayed off.

A Q-Tip with alcohol on it can be spread over the plant to kill off the mealybugs. You want to continually dose the plant with a stream of water to loosen all of the mealybugs. Next, apply a generous coat of neem oil over the plant so that the bugs are unable to return. (Read more about Mealy Bugs)

4. Whitefly

The whitefly is able to leave the plant the moment you start spraying it,but as soon as you stop spraying the whitefly will return, this is why attacking mature whiteflies is useless. Instead it’s the baby whiteflies you want to go after because they do not move. Dipping leaves in insecticidal soap or spraying the plant regularly can help get rid of the larva so that you don’t continue to have an issue with whiteflies. (More on Whiteflies)


5. Scale Insects

Scale insects are hard to notice at first and often grow into quite a colony before being detected. At only 3mm in length on average, scale insects have a brown shell that offers them protection against things like pesticides. Scale insects derive life from sucking the juices from your plant, as a colony grows they will start to cause obvious damage to your plant. You can kill them by using a cotton swab or Q-tip soaked with alcohol. (More information on Scale insects)


6. Thrips

These small, dark bugs are hard to see, plus they have wings and so when you spray the plant, you may notice they take off for flight and move to an adjacent plant. For this reason, a plant infested with thrips should be isolated. Thrips burrow into the leaves suck up the plant juices and leave behind noticeable scarring in the leaves. (Learn more about Thrips here)



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