How Do I Get Rid of Bugs on My Outdoor Potted Plants?

Outdoor potted plants can be an easy way to add beauty and greenery to your yard or patio. But if you’re seeing bugs on your plants, that beauty can quickly be overshadowed. Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of bugs on outdoor potted plants.

Identify the Bug
The first step in getting rid of any bug infestation is to accurately identify the type of bug. This will help you decide which control methods are best for your particular situation. Common outdoor pests include aphids, earwigs, slugs, mealybugs, and scale insects.

Insecticidal Soap
Insecticidal soap is a popular choice for controlling bug infestations on outdoor potted plants. This organic spray is made from fatty acids and works by penetrating the insect’s outer shell and dehydrating it. Insecticidal soaps are available in liquid form at most garden centers or online retailers.

Neem Oil

Another organic option for controlling outdoor pests is neem oil. Neem oil works by disrupting the hormones of certain insects, preventing them from reproducing and eventually eliminating them from your garden or patio. Neem oil is available as a concentrate or ready-to-use spray at most garden stores or online retailers.

Beneficial Insects

A natural way to control bug populations in your yard or patio is to introduce beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, and praying mantises into the area. These beneficial bugs feed on other insects such as aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects; helping you keep pesky pests away from your outdoor potted plants without having to resort to chemical sprays or treatments.


Getting rid of bugs on outdoor potted plants does not have to be a difficult task; with a few simple steps you can quickly eliminate any bug infestations you may have in your yard or patio. Identifying the type of bug will help you decide which control method is best for your specific situation; insecticidal soap and neem oil are both effective organic options while introducing beneficial insects into the area can provide natural pest control without having to resort to chemical treatments.

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Samantha Mckinney