|With fall settling in, now is a good time to examine your houseplants for insects. The sooner an insect infestation is discovered, the easier it will be to control. Some insects that infest houseplants are difficult to see without a magnifying lens, so look for evidence of insect feeding, such as discolored leaves, webbing or honeydew (a sticky substance secreted by some insects).
You can generally control light pest infestations with insecticidal soap or by wiping up the pests with a 50% alcohol solution. Do not wash hairy plants, such as African violets. Keep plants with insect problems isolated from uninfested ones until the pests are eliminated.