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When I bring my herbs indoors for the winter, they are infested by pests.

by dig the dirt editor

 They do just fine outdoors. What can I do? 



Herbs, overwintering hearbs, orgeano, Thyme, Rosemary


Herbs are rarely bothered by plant pests in the garden, but they can be a problem indoors. Not because your house is infested (although it could be) or that the plant was infested when you bought it, rather the reason is that indoor growing conditions are not ideal. The plants are thus rendered less capable of resisting pests naturally. The two most common indoor pests are spider mites and white flies. Both thrive in low humidity and high temperatures. <br/> <br/>A reasonably effective, reasonably safe means of control is insecticidal soap. If the plant is small enough, turn the pot upside down and immerse the whole plant in a bucket of the soap solution once a week. If it is too large for that treatment, spray the whole plant weekly, paying special attention to the undersides of the leaves. The key to controlling bugs is to look for them every time you water, and to begin treatment at the first sign. Waiting even one week to begin treatment can lead to an uncontrollable population explosion. <br/> <br/> <br/>
dig the dirt editor commented on 01/12/10