Poinsettia Pests

White Fly

White Fly

It’s the holiday season and while many plants are losing leaves and color in the cold, poinsettia plants thrive.  These winter plants are native to the area around Taxco, Mexico. Their name comes from that of the first United States ambassador to Mexico, Joel R. Poinsett. Though the most popular color for this plant is red, poinsettias also come in pink, white, yellow, speckled or marbled.

A common myth is that these lovely flowered plants are poisonous. In actuality, it is merely recommended not to consume the plant and the sap may cause mild skin irritation to those who are sensitive to it. Still, though this plant may not be recommended for humans, plenty of pests delight in the lovely plant for more than just its beauty.

Pests that may be attracted to poinsettias include white flies, fungus gnats, mealybugs and spider mites. These pests tend to attack either the plant itself or the social surface. Mealybugs, in particular,

Fungus Gnat

Fungus Gnat

will feed on the leaves of the poinsettia plants. If caught early, be sure to gently clean the leaves of your plant with alcohol on a swab.

Northwest Exterminating looks to handle all your pest issues. Even though it’s the holiday season, we are dedicated to keeping your home and work environment pest free. Schedule an appointment today!

Sources:

http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/poinsettias.html

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Spider Mite

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