If you have indoor plants, then there’s a good chance insects are invading your home. Here are 5 bugs hiding in your houseplants.

1. Whiteflies

Whiteflies are little white insects that move quickly and resemble the appearance of moth-flies. They are typically found underneath the sides of plant leaves, which is very common for indoor plants. For tips on how to get rid of these pesty creatures hiding in your plants, click here.

Whiteflies Photo Credit: Elintarviketurvallisuusvirasto Evira (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Elintarviketurvallisuusvirasto Evira (Flickr).

2. Aphids

Aphids are extremely small and range in color from green, yellow, and dark brown. Although they can be difficult to get rid of, the best way to treat plants is to use neem oil or wash off infected areas. These steps have been known to be effective in removing these bugs hiding in your household plants.

Aphids Photo Credit: Katja Schulz (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Katja Schulz (Flickr).

3. Spider Mites

These indoor plant pests will leave your skin crawling. Although spider mites can hardly be seen with the naked eye, you can recognize their silky and collective webbing. Not only can spider mites cause significant damage to your plants by sucking up water and eating leaves, but they can hurt your home as well. With proper plant care and watering, you can prevent your plants from getting infected by spider mites.

Aphids Photo Credit: Katja Schulz (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Katja Schulz (Flickr).

4. Fungus Gnat

Fungus gnats resemble misquotes and commonly infect soil and potting mix in household plants. Although these black tiny gnats can be a real pest to have indoors, they are actually harmless to your plants. Get rid of fungus gnats hiding in household plants by diluting hydrogen peroxide and adding a small amount to your plant’s soil.

Fungus gnats Photo Credit: Andy Murray (iStock).

Photo Credit: Andy Murray (iStock).

5. Springtails

Springtails are about the size of a flea, measuring in at only 1-2 mm long. These plant pests seek out high moisture areas, which is why we commonly find them in the soil of our plants. If you suspect you have springtails, don’t panic. Springtails are only a temporary problem, and they usually go away when moisture levels decrease.

Springtail Photo Credit: Andy Murray (iStock).

Photo Credit: Andy Murray (iStock).

For treating indoor pests, you can use all-natural oils or pesticides to easily get rid of bugs hiding in your household plants.