Natural Ways | Kill Bugs Houseplants

I needed natural ways to kill bugs in houseplants. I brought my two potted mandevilla in to avoid a killing frost. They’re tropical flowering vines that can survive indoors during the winter months, but I was worried about bugs in the soil. I don’t want to transfer white flies and/or other insects to my other indoor plants. I have an aloe and a bonsai ficus tree that I don’t want to lose.

When I noticed fruit flies in my kitchen, I started thinking about ways to kill them. That made me wonder if Sticky Strips for houseplants were available online. Sure enough I found them. I figured they were worth a try since they’re inexpensive compared to other options.

Other Natural Methods to Kill Insects Didn’t Work for Me –

I tried a chemical-free way to kill insects in houseplants a long time ago. The suggestion was to make soap bubbles using vegetable oil soap. The bubbles were placed over the leaves and soil. It covered everything from top to bottom, and they were supposed to smother the pests. Unfortunately they thrived! I can’t imagine that it worked to kill any type of bug. All it did was make them squeaky clean while creating a big mess.

The Best Natural Bug Killer is Sticky Stakes –

Like I said, I kept thinking that fly paper or something similar would work to trap and kill bugs on houseplants. I searched using the words, sticky bug killer for plants, and I found Sticky Stakes. As you’ll see through the link, it’s a stick with yellow tabs that are covered with a substance that’s similar to fly paper glue. Unlucky insects that come in contact with the tabs won’t be going anywhere. They end up stuck for good!

Safer Brand 5025 Houseplant Sticky Stakes Insect Trap, 7 Traps

View on AmazonSafer Brand 5025 Houseplant Sticky Stakes Insect Trap, 7 Traps

Product Features and Details –

  • Naturally attracts destructive flying insects
  • Does not contain chemicals
  • Attracts flying pests like a magnet
  • Completely disposable
  • Each pack contains 7 – 7.5″ tall Sticky Stakes
  • Perfect for potted plants
  • Easy to use

Sticky Stakes Natural Insect Killer –

Sticky Stakes are natural and they work surprisingly well. They’re also inexpensive compared to other products online and on store shelves. They’re not messy either. Unlike liquid insect killer there’s nothing to mix. The product doesn’t stink like granular options either. When seeking effective natural ways to kill bugs in houseplants, they’re by far the most useful I’ve found. No other natural insect killer for plants worked nearly as well for me. In the past when my plants ended up with bugs the plants ended up dying no matter what I tried. These solved the problem!


Kimberly Dalessandro (a.k.a. Crystal Ray) began her online writing career in 2005 with PageWise Incorporated and went on to become a top writer for both Associated Content and Yahoo Voices under the pen name Crystal Ray. In early 2017 she launched Blue Crystal Sky ~ Everything Under the Sun. She is continually coming up with new ideas to share with the world.

3 thoughts on “Natural Ways | Kill Bugs Houseplants

  • October 5, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    I have not heard about this sticky stakes here. That´s a good idea how to kill the bugs in the houseplants. Maybe we have that. Reading the comments is also informative for me as @rextrulove is sharing his methods in killing bugs. Thanks for this post. I´ll share this to Google+. Have a nice day to both of you.

  • October 1, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    That’s good to know, Rex. Is neem oil safe for pets? My cat likes to chew on the leaves occasionally. I would be worried about him.

    • October 1, 2015 at 4:18 PM

      It wouldn’t be good for the kitty, but it shouldn’t hurt him much, either. Many houseplants are quite toxic for cats, though. I had to use cayenne pepper and water spray to get our cats to stop chewing on the houseplants. Anyway, neem primarily works on insects that eat nothing but the plants, by making them stop eating. The amount necessary to kill insects would also be extremely small. I used neem in the flowerbeds and on the pumpkins, for both grasshoppers and spider mites. It didn’t seem to bother the deer that also ate leaves off those plants, so the chances of it being even moderately harmful for a cat are very slim.

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