Insects and Houseplants
Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:
House plants can sometimes attract insect pests such as aphids or mealybugs. For many insects, insecticidal soaps can be safely sprayed on your houseplants to eliminate these pests. Mealybugs are easily killed by touching them with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. And if you receive a house plant as a gift, isolate it for a while from your other plants to make sure it doesn’t harbor any insect pests.
This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.