white bugs under leaves
Ok....HELP!! Can anyone tell me what kind of pest could be possibly attacking my citrus trees? I have been looking all over the internet and not one site seems to be identifying them for me. These little buggers are so small you need a magnifing glass to watch for them...They congregate together on the undersides of the leaf and cause curling up of new leafs not the older ones. They like to stay underneath the new leafs and crawl on the buds causing leaf curl and bud drop if not kept in check. These stupid things look like minute white dots or lice. they stick to the underside and when given a strong rinse of water, once the leaf starts to dry they start to crawl again. The only thing that seems to kill them or control them is a good spray of horticultural oil like neem oil. Then the problem is that when I use oil the buds drop being suffoctaed or sucked by the stupid bugs!!!! They do not look like mite. Just white dozens of specs walking around slowly under new growth and all over the buds.
Unless I find out what they are, I can not treat them with preditory bugs and I hate to spray my trees when I am getting new growth or flowers. I feel like throwing all my trees out and giving up. Always an issue with these citrus trees. Takes all the fun out growing them in doors in the winter. :-(.
Please help cuz I can not even find a picture of them on any web sites.