Prevention of insects is the best way to avoid an infestation. Always monitor your plants, especially new ones, for problems. Yellow, steaked or sticky leaves are a clue. Webbing is an indication of spider mites. Odd bumps could be scale.
The first step at home is to isolate the infested plant. Move the plant to a room with similar conditions, as to not shock it further. Try to identify the insect first so that you can properly treat it. You can bring a sample in a sealed bag to us or send us a close up picture. Non-chemical controls include washing the foliage of a plant in the sink or shower to knock off the insects and dust. Hand cleaning with a soft tissue or a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol works well on cacti and succulents. Using sticky traps also helps to collect flying insects like fungus gnats, whiteflies and aphids. Pruning the plant can also remove the worst parts. If all else fails, dispose of a badly infested plant.
Aphids, fungus gnats, mealy bugs, scale, spider mites and thrips are of the most common indoor pests. Identify and treat with the correct insecticide. We recommend insecticidal soap, pyrethrins, plant oil extracts like neem or clove oil, and horticultural oil. These are all safer options to use. Clean plants first and spray as directed on label. Several applications may be necessary. Using stronger chemical sprays should be done with careful consideration. Always spray all chemicals in a well ventilated area, preferably outside if temperatures permit.