tiny bugs on purple hull peas

john_alJuly 4, 2010

My purple hull peas have some kind of tiny bug all over them. They are about 1/2 the size of pin head, if not smaller, and just smear if you run your finger over them. They literally cover the pea pod. I thought this was called "scale", but an internet search yielded nothing.

They are in just one spot in the patch, and I dusted with Sevin as a temporary measure until I could find out something.

Has anyone else had this problem?


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An after though:

Could it be mites or aphids?


    Bookmark   July 4, 2010 at 10:07PM
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Sounds like aphids. Sevin is not effective. For a small patch insecticidal soap works pretty well. For a field Malathion will work.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2010 at 7:29AM
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Thanks, Farmer. Actually, the peas are about gone now and the aphids remained in the one spot.

I'll remember for next year, though.


    Bookmark   July 10, 2010 at 6:35PM
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Thanks for identifying these. I have them on my zipper peas too, and only in an isolated area -- a couple of plants that are close together. I've just been wiping them off by hand. Won't use chemicals, but may try soap with cayenne or something similar if they return next year.

Here is a link that might be useful: My garden pages on flickr

    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 10:11AM
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