How to Get Rid of Bugs On Your Snake Plant

Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Stephanie

There are many bugs that can be a threat to your Snake Plant when conditions are favorable and you allow them to establish.

The majority of them sucking sap from the plant. However, this doesnt mean the rapid destruction the Snake Plant.

It could eventually weaken the plant, preventing it from reaching its full potential.

The positive side is that it is among the strongest house plants and both cure and prevention are easy to attain.

The most common snake plant bugs include mealybugs, thrips, Aphids, and Fungus the gnats. There are also flying bugs such as whiteflies. Poor ventilation, high humidity and insufficient irrigation create an ideal conditions for insects. To eliminate insects in the snake plant , you must to find them and eradicate them by treating them appropriately.

Sap sucking bugs arent prevalent in the Snake Plant provided it is cultivated in the right conditions. The leaves, which are leathery, are covered with a cuticle of wax and create an extremely formidable barrier for insects.

This article youll discover how to keep your plants in top condition and also how to handle any bugs that get established.

Common Snake Plant Bugs

Here are the most common bugs that can attack the snake plants.

Mealybugs (pseudococcidae)


The tiny bugs have the resemblance of tiny fluffy white areas. They are most often found in spaces between leaves in which they are able to be hidden from view and take the juices deep within leaf leaves.


They are just an issue if they manage to establish themselves. In smaller numbers they are easily eliminated by using any of the natural remedies listed within this post. A close eye on the situation can prevent large infestations.

Scale Insects


They look very different from what we typically think of as insects that they are often able to slip under the radar because we dont see them as bugs.

Theyre small brown lumps that appear more like scabs than insects. Under their brown skin theyre quietly sucking nutrients from your plant.


After youve identified the problem areas after identifying them, you can wipe them off with a gentle cloth with any of the insecticidal products listed below, or scraped off with your fingernail.

Spider Mites (tetranychidae)


The tiny creatures are so tiny that it is difficult to spot their eyes with the naked eye.

The first sign of their presence are the fine webs that they make at the base of leaves.

The effects of heavy infestations can weaken the plant , and the tiny wounds they cause can make it more susceptible to infection.

small snake plant in black pot


They thrive in dry conditions and can be eliminated with a spray of water if you spot their presence in time. Maintaining the humidity level can stop them from returning.

White Fly


Tiny little white insects that appear more like tiny moths rather instead of Flies. They are usually the most obvious when you water or move the plant, and then cause disturbance to them.

At this point there is a tiny puff of flying insects could signal that there is a problem. They also release an opaque, sticky liquid that could cause mold or even attract other insects.


The act of taking the plant outdoors and giving it quick splash of water is usually all it takes to get rid of these insects. Make sure you wash the leaves thoroughly to eliminate any larva or eggs.

To stop further infestations to prevent further infestation, hang traps that are sticky near the plant after you bring it indoors.



There arent many plants protected from these tiny creatures. They can reproduce very quickly however they are easy to identify.

If you look at your plant, youll be able to see them, or the sticky honey dew excretes.

They usually thrive on new edges of the plant because they are more supple and easy to let sap from.


They thrive because they are able to reproduce very quickly and not due to any defense mechanism.

If you check your plant regularly and spot the signs of an attack in the early stages, these pests are simple to handle.

Spraying one of the products from nature listed below will quickly get your back on track.



Contrary to the majority of insects we have looked at in the past, caterpillars consume leaves, rather than simply sucking their sap.

When they do this they leave evident signs in the form of holes that are chewed out from leaves edges.

If you notice this sign that they are present, look at your plants carefully and youll find the hidden culprits.


The most effective method to deal with caterpillars like these is to simply take them up by hand and then destroy them.

Once you have done this After that, carefully examine the leaves for eggs that could still be in the process of hatching.

A quick wipe with insecticidal soap or oil can eliminate eggs and help prevent the spread of infestations.



When you notice that the leaves on the Snake Plant start to curl and then distort, its likely you are suffering from Thrips.

The tiny black bugs are among the most likely bugs youll encounter, however theyre one of the easiest to control.


If the leaves are severely damaged, you might have to remove them with the sharpest knife and then keep an eye out for healthy growth.

In general, this may be necessary only when a serious infection has developed.

Most of the time youll be able to spot the problem early and you can then take the plant outside to spray the insects.

After that, wiping them down frequently using Neem oil, or vegetable soap will stop them from resurfacing.

Fungus Gnats


These tiny creature always make me think of tiny mosquitoes. They do not cause anything to the plant.

A lot more robust than Snake Plant. Snake Plant, but they look ugly and serve as an indicator of other issues.

For example, overwatering. In very large quantities is there a chance that the larva could cause damage to roots.


They are attracted by the excessively damp conditions that are caused by potting soil that is not draining correctly.

Since this issue can be fatal, it is something youll want to treat quickly and eliminate the insects while you do it.

If you allow the top two inches of the soil to dry out between waterings, you make it difficult for insects to live in and will provide an improved growing environment for your plants.

What is the reason My Snake Plants have bugs?

There are many reasons that bugs could attempt to take on the Snake Plant. The most important thing to consider in all cases is that insects will search for an area of weak point.

It is much easier to target plants that are in poor health as it is for them to target a healthier plant.

No plant is more evident than in that of the Snake Plant because its leaves are, when healthy, strong enough that they can generally ward against most bugs.

There are other reasons why you might be infested by pests that arent yours.


If the humidity is excessively high leaf leaves on your plant are likely to swell and allows sap-sucking insects to get into with their tiny mouthparts that pierce.

In the same way when the humidity levels are low, it can lead to attacks from spider mites that thrive in extremely dry indoor environments.

Wet weather

A house plant that is overwatered is a miserable houseplant and this is definitely the case for The Snake Plant. Weve seen before the way fungus gnats reproduce in soil that is wet.

It also opens the way to a myriad of health problems and certain of them will cause your plant to get weak.

In this way leaves loose their texture and leather and are more prone to insects.

Make sure to let the top two inches dry out before watering again, and be sure the container that the plant is growing in has enough drainage capacity.

Poor ventilation

A healthy airflow is vital for plant health, and, as weve previously discussed the benefits of a healthy plant, it will be more resistant infestation by insects.

The reason for this is that a lot of flying insects weve examined are so tiny that even a simple movement of the air will make it difficult to establish themselves.

If you can open your window for a short period of time each day, it will let enough air flow to ensure that your plant is in top shape.


Every plant has specific lighting requirements to be healthy. Snake Plants Snake Plant may be more accommodating to lighting that is not optimal than other house plants.

However, at the same time it wont appreciate long exposure to direct sunlight.

It can result in sunburn in extreme instances and even wilting in less severe instances. Both can lead to weaker leaves, and an increased risk of being infested by bugs.

How to get rid of Snake Plant Bugs Naturally

There are numerous chemical-based insecticides for industrial use which will surely kill the majority of the bugs you will likely encounter in the plants of your Snake Plant.

The most important question to consider is: are you really willing you to let your loved ones members, pets, and yourself to chemicals you arent aware of and that werent created to protect your health?

In this section well look at a few natural remedies for pests that you can create yourself , with much lower risk and at lower cost.

The best part is that many of them are as efficient as their commercial counterparts.

Neem Oil

This is a topic youll hear about repeatedly and again as you begin to seriously engage in house cultivating plants.

The seeds are derived from Azadirachta indica, a tree that is native to the southeast region of Asia The oil is efficient against fungal and pest diseases, while posing no risk to your pets or family members.

It can be cleaned off the surface of your Snake Plant with a soft cloth. If used every week, it will provide a protective effect and also get rid of any bugs already present.

Be careful with it as it could cause burns to the leaves, and is recommended to apply it at night. Use only in indirect light.


The more we know about the garlic plant, we discover more applications it appears to have. It is a deterrent to pests, and this isnt an exception.

One of the most simple methods to make use of the plant is by crushing it and blend it in water, and make it a spay.

There are two options here. You can make a light mix to enhance its deterrent capabilities or, you can bolster it to be used against pests already present.

Six cloves are crushed and added to one gallon of water to make an easier version, but mix two cloves and one cup of water to make something stronger.

In both cases, let the garlic to soak into the water for a night and then strain it prior to applying it to a spray.

Because of the unpleasant odor Due to the noxious odor, I highly suggest using this method outdoors.

Herbal Water

Herbal water is among the terms that cover quite a wide range of items.

A lot of the edible plants you may already have growing in your garden possess potent properties when it comes to fighting pests that attack house plants.

Sage, rosemary and lavender, as well as thyme, mint, and basil can be combined with water, and then filtered to make a natural pest repellent spray.

To make the most from the leaf, you can make the mixture boil before allowing it to sit for 12 hours.

Dont be too hung up with the amount of ingredients here. A few handfuls of the herbs you can find in a pot of water will yield the desired outcome.

The best part about these alternatives is that theyre not as harmful as garlic , so they are safe to use in indoor settings, but dont expect theyll be as potent.

If youre not able to get access to herbs, you can mix some drops of essential oil in a glass of water, and then use it instead.

Chili Peppers

Chili peppers are extremely hot, so it shouldnt be a surprise that theyre not favored by the sap sucking and leaf munching insects.

Chili powder or crushed chili can be left to soak over night, then filtered, then sprayed on your plant.

If you include a few drops of boiling oil or liquid soap to your solution, they will stick to the leaves much more easily.

Be aware of getting this mixture in your eyes. Also, clean your hands after using.


If the process of making your own pesticide sounds like too much work You might want to consider the commercial use of a pyrethrin-based spray.

This is an insecticide for contact which is harmful to all the insects we have examined.

It is made of extracts of Chrysanthemum daisy plant, however simply because its produced from a natural source does not mean its not harmful however, in this instance it is only mildly.

Do not use it around your pets or in your aquarium Dont put the product on your skin.

Diatomaceous Earth

This is one of the products that appears to be enjoying a surge of popularity currently.

It is formed from fossilized phytoplankton, which is extracted and then crushed to form fine powder.

In contrast to other pesticides, it functions as an physical barrier, not an irritant or toxin. A quarter teaspoon of powder mix into one gallon of water. Spray it on those leaves on your Snake Plant.

It will then leave a thin layer of dust that is barely noticeable that insects hate. Personally, I think this product does not live up to the claims.

Vegetable Soap

This is my preferred insecticide. I make my soap primarily from olive oil, however there are other options. Mix it in with water, then spray my plants around the house or clean them weekly.

The leaves look nice and insects dont like the flavor. In addition the pests that have been left on the leaves are cleaned off in the weekly treatments.

Tips to Prevent Bugs on Snake Plant

You have discovered that there are a variety of ways to keep bugs managed by the Snake Plant.

The best solution is to not let any insects move into your home at all. Heres a brief list of what you can do to stop bugs.

  • Be sure to inspect your plants carefully and often to ensure that you are able to eliminate insects before they establish.
  • Find the best location for your plant to ensure its happy and can grow efficiently.
  • Make sure there is enough humidity, but also that the air circulates freely.
  • Separate your plant from the rest of the plants if you think theres an issue with bugs.
  • Most importantly, you must establish an effective watering schedule to ensure that your plant doesnt get stressed.
  • Keep in mind that a plant in good condition is the biggest obstacle for bugs.

Final Words

I hope that this list of pests hasnt disappointed you or made you feeling like there are too many bugs to count that you will stay clear of this plant.

The truth is that Snake Plant Snake Plant is extremely tough and is nearly always able to defeat any kind, even the most extreme of invaders.

When your plants are healthy the naturally soft leaves arent enough for insects to take on So, keep your plant healthy and it will surely be rewarded by being free of bugs.



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