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rosemary sticky problems

Posted by moniquest ca (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 2, 05 at 22:10

I have these rosemary plants and this time of the yr. they get this white sticky stuff all over them and I thought this was normal until another plant close by now has gotten this-What is it-It is white and wet/sticky .


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RE: rosemary sticky problems

Is it maybe a spittle bug? I have lots of problems with them on my rosemay and basil plants. I just wash them off and use the plant anyway. They look bad, but don't do a lot of damage.


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RE: rosemary sticky problems

Since you use the word 'sticky' to describe your problem, I would guess that you have an infestation of mealybugs, not uncommon to rosemary. A population of spittlebug larvae are almost always described as 'spit'.

A picture would help with ID, however.

In the meantime, you can help manage the pest by applications of insecticidal soap, which can be used on herb plants. I get infestations of spider mites on my rosemary, which makes them sticky as well.


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RE: rosemary sticky problems

FYI, moniquest now thinks that 'spit' is the right word to describe the culprit! There's no doubt, then, that he/she has an infestation of spittlebugs. We don't usually worry too much about these little guys, as ltcollins suggests. Strong sprays of water would remove that spittle nest, making them easier prey for predaceous insects....or an application of insecticidal soap if the population is very high.


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RE: rosemary sticky problems

Thanks for the input...just spotted this a few days ago!


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