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White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Posted by mustardplaster Florida (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 14, 11 at 8:43

Help! Little white bugs are destroying my Ghost Pepper Plants. Insecticidal soap isn't working. Thanks.


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Perhaps they're cast skins of aphids?

Any chance of pictures?


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Could be mealybugs. More info would be helpful.


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

if in doubt 7 dust


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

  • Posted by esox07 4, S. Cent Wisc (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 14, 11 at 21:53

hahahaha, Romy, you kill me. Every bug problem is job for 7 dust. I bet your garden has a white glaze on it from dusting it every other day. I might have to get me some of that. My shotgun shells are getting expensive.


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

7 dust works!


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

I have white bugs also. To be specific - They are extremely white and build a protective white membrane around themselves. Sometimes you'll find a few living together and they shoot like rockets when you go to squish em.

Fortunately, because they are so white and can only shoot forward, I almost always am able to locate and finish the squishing.

I generally check under as many leaves as I can in the morning and evening and have been taking out about 5 to 10 a day. They also sometimes congregate on a stalk, or even on a flower stem.

They seem to grow quickly (thanks to our plants) and develop into flying plant-eating bugs as far as I can tell. (I've missed a few until they had grown enough to almost fly, but still hadn't reached full maturity)

I called the adults leaf bugs when I was a kid but can't find a picture of an adult that matches. I'll keep looking.


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

maybe whiteflies? do thay make a white cotton looking stuff? do they look like tiny white moths?


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Just looked at photos of Whiteflies. No match for me. I'll try to get a picture to put up. Maybe someone can help both of us. Or at least help us get it narrowed down.


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  • Posted by esox07 4, S. Cent Wisc (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 12, 11 at 19:14

Geez, I hope you guys live a long ways from me. I haven't had many problems with bugs. Seen a couple of those small shiny green beetles lately though. They can munch leaves in a hurry. But so far, they can be handled by hand to hand combat.


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Please post an image or two. The suspense is getting to me!


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Mealy Bugs?

Here is a link that might be useful: Mealy Bugs


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Bug I.D.

Try the bug files.

Send them a good pic and they'll tell you what it is.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bug files


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

I had a white bug on a chocolate hab plant the other day. Only saw one, so, didn't panic.

It reminded me of an aphid, but, really big, stark white and build like a nest of white stuff it was in the middle of. When I was trying to determine if it was a live bug or spider's egg sac, it moved to the other side of the stem. I tried to squish it, but, it shot away and I never found it again.

Weirdest thing...never seen one before.

How worried should I be?


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Okay, if this works it'll be a photo of the white bug as a kid and then green as a (I believe) teenager.

Wish me luck, I think I'm doing this the hard way.


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Here you go. You need to wrap them into an img tag. :)


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Whiteflies

http://bugguide.net/node/view/537359#947474

Here is a link that might be useful: white flies


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Thanks Kosher. It was first attempt at even uploading with new camera. To be honest, first camera I've had since my old Kodak Instamatic. Heh.


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RE: White Bugs on Ghost Pepper Plants

Essox. Yeah before i new about the clear liquid 7 dust my garden did look like a scene from Scarface! White powder everywhere! LOL


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