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tiny bugs on purple hull peas

Posted by john_al AL (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 4, 10 at 22:02

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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RE: tiny bugs on purple hull peas

An after though:

Could it be mites or aphids?


RE: tiny bugs on purple hull peas

Sounds like aphids. Sevin is not effective. For a small patch insecticidal soap works pretty well. For a field Malathion will work.

RE: tiny bugs on purple hull peas

Thanks, Farmer. Actually, the peas are about gone now and the aphids remained in the one spot.

I'll remember for next year, though.


RE: tiny bugs on purple hull peas

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

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