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Sometimes it can be hard to identify exactly what type of pest is infecting your plant, but luckily there are some more generalized methods of insect removal that can work for a number of different species.
WHAT TO DO NOW
Normally when your plant has a pest infestation, the insects feed on your plant for a few weeks and then move on, so you might want to consider just waiting them out if they don’t seem to be causing significant damage to your plant. Remember that all insects are part of a larger ecosystem. However, of course if your plant seems to be suffering as a consequence of pest infestation, then we totally understand why you’d want to try and treat it.
So, in more serious cases, there are a number of different treatment options you can try. Always consider using natural methods before chemicals whenever possible - this is better for the environment and less harsh on your plant too. For example, spraying your plant with soapy water or Neem oil is an effective natural way of treating an insect infestation.
Alternatively, you can simply manually remove the insects you see and place them somewhere else - make sure to put them a safe distance away from your other plants in order to reduce the risk of a repeat infestation. Of course, this is typically easier if the insects are large enough to be seen and removed in this way. However, if the insects you see on your plant are smaller, you can also use sticky traps - this is a type of yellow tape that attracts the insects to them and then causes them to become stuck. Just place them near the infected plant and then replace them with a fresh one once they become full. Of course, this is a less insect-friendly option than just moving them elsewhere!
There are also many different types of bacteria you can mix in the soil that will kill intruders like this. The most commonly used one is Bacillus thuringiensis or ‘Bt’.