YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The nights are getting cooler, and the houseplants you moved outdoors for the summer need help making the transition back indoors for the winter.
Tropical plants don't do very well inside during the winter month because of the last of sunlight, but you can try. You need to treat them for insects before you bring them indoors. Tom Estabrook of Estabrooks Nurseries suggests systemic granules as the first line of defense. You should sprinkle it in the pot before it starts to get cold.
He also likes Bon Neem. You spray this on the foliage. Do that a couple of times over several days before you bring the plant inside.
Even indoor plants can become infected by a fungus or insects coming in from open windows. You can use the same products on them.
Also, if you need to repot a plant, do it now, while the plant is still actively growing. Also use a pot that is just one size bigger than the existing one. Houseplants as a rule don't like having too much room.