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#1 jetskee

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:11 PM

My overwintered peppers have these little white bugs on all the leaves.
I'm not sure what they are. They are white and look like ants when I
view them under a magnifying glass.

I have looked at pictures of whiteflies and spider mites both online, and they don't really look
like either. They don't have the pronounced wings like a whitefly, but the spider mite pictures
I've seen are darker in color. These look like a white spider mite, basically.

Any other possible critters these could be? What can I do about them?

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:16 PM

Thirps?

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:17 PM

I'm gonna try to use a zoom lens and tripod to get a good clear picture when I get home, and I'll post it.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:19 PM

Maybe....did a google images on thrips, and that's the closest looking bug I've seen to what these look like.
They are not very active at all. I would think they are all dead, as I never see them move, but
they keep growing in numbers.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 05:50 PM

Maybe aphids or whitefly. Need pics

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 06:05 PM

If they are spider mites you will see whispy tiny bits of spiderweb, sooner or later. My spider mites are tannish white when I get them.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 06:33 PM

Pictures. The plant I have at home is not as infested anymore so there aren't many on it anymore.
There are some bugs on here that look like whiteflies, only greenish.
Here is the original picture, to show scale, then an up close of the bugs.
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:38 PM

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 11:17 PM

Them is aphids, no doubt about it. The little white fluffy looking things are their sheds as they grow. Kill the bastards, kill them all!
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 01:54 AM

nuke 'em all! QUICK!!
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 05:36 AM

Get some Preying Mantis, Japanese Beetles or Ladybugs, they will eradicate your aphid problem. :D
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:19 AM

Them is aphids, no doubt about it. The little white fluffy looking things are their sheds as they grow. Kill the bastards, kill them all!


What do you recommend to kill them? Insecticidal soap? I have one plant in my office at work (a Vietnamese Multi-Color ornamental) and it is infested. I don't think my coworkers would appreciate
me importing even more insects into the office to fight these guys off. :-)

Any effective "home remedies"?

Thanks.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:31 AM

If you only hazve one plant in an office should be pretty easy to control soap srpay evryday till they are gone under the leaves every where make sure you check in any flowers and around new little buds forming these buggers sure are good at hiding at least the floridian aphids are! but if you have only one plant should be pretty easy to eradicate.
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:33 AM

try some dishwashing detergent and water and spray them with that... if you're in an office there should be some dishwashing detergent in the kitchen! cheap way of getting rid of them!

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:36 AM

If you use dish soap, make sure its not antibacterial, and no added fragrances, colors etc.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:03 PM

More pictures from the plant at work. This one is pretty heavily infested.
I see some of the green aphids mixed in there, so I assume the smaller white bugs are just baby aphids.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:27 PM

gey u live lady bug only $20 for 1500 you will save ur plants

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 06:17 PM

Yep them is aphids, or at least the exoskeleton of aphids. They move them to the tops of the leaves so that predators are somewhat thrown off. Well, at least that's the current line of thought. You can give them a good spraying with water. Make sure the water pressure is high enough to knock the aphids off the plant. I use the kitchen sink sprayer. It doesn't get rid of them, but it will help control them. I haven't found any other method that's as effective as pesticide or using natural predators like ladybugs, but since my plants are indoors I don't really want to use pesticides. And because it's winter here, I can't find ladybugs. Summer is near though and the plants willl get a good shot of Sevin when they go out into the green house.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 08:24 AM

Man I would hate to see the underside of those leaves. You see all the little shiny spots on the leaf? That's the excrement from the aphids--it's called honeydew. That's why ants are known to "farm" aphids. They dig the ju uice.

Stuff like Safer Soap will work but you'll need to use it several times over a period of a couple of weeks. Sevin is the stuff to use but you have to be careful with it.

I freaking hate aphids.

Edited by patrick, 26 March 2010 - 03:48 PM.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 08:34 AM

Be aware that Carbaryl(sevin) is some nasty stuff, especially with beneficial insects and fish

Edited by POTAWIE, 26 March 2010 - 08:38 AM.





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