Very tiny white insects on cutting pots?

Very tiny white insects on cutting pots?

Joined: July 18th, 2009, 3:58 am

February 24th, 2012, 11:26 pm #1

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
Zone 5
East-central Iowa

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February 24th, 2012, 11:47 pm #2

They could be mealy bugs and if that's the case take care of it immediately! Those suckers breed fast! Normally you see white "fuzz" on your plants before they hatch and they are specklike tiny when they do. The bugs go for the underside of the leaves and where there is new growth on the plant. If you don't take care of them they'll overrun your plants fast! I've been having a problem with them in the last month attacking my Bonsai and Jade plants! WAH!!!

If you have NEEM, hit them up with that. Otherwise, there is an insectisidal spray by Bonide which is also good.

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February 25th, 2012, 12:23 pm #3

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
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East-central Iowa

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In the past I have always had a problem with white fly on Salvias which also congregates on the underside of leaves and around new growth. This year I didn't bring abny Black and Blue inside and no white fly

Penny
NY
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February 25th, 2012, 3:57 pm #4

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
Zone 5
East-central Iowa

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Bonide also has a horticultural spray which is organic and does the same thing as neem. Kills by smothering, either needs to be sprayed directly on the insects/bugs.

I havent detectd anything on my cuttings as yet. I have started feeding my cuttings only liquid seaweed/kelp though, Im hoping that helps.

Steve
Martinsville, In
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February 25th, 2012, 4:10 pm #5

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
Zone 5
East-central Iowa

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Dan, to be more specific, are the little insects on the outside of the pots...on the soil surface...or somewhere on the plants? And are they snow white & almost fuzzy looking, or smooth and nearly flesh-colored?

Try doing a Web search for FUNGUS GNATS, SPRINGTAILS & SHORE FLIES (individual searches). I also found an interesting site that suggests using potato slices on top of the soil to attract the fungus gnat larvae, so you can throw them out with the potato slices:
http://en.allexperts.com/q/House-Plants ... s-soil.htm

Patrick
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SeaTac, WA...one cool place
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February 25th, 2012, 4:46 pm #6

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
Zone 5
East-central Iowa

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They were crawling on the inside of the pots and on the soil, at least. I didn't check the plants. The insects are light-colored(against a red pot) and when I say "small" I mean almost microscopic. If they were any smaller I would not be able to see them.

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February 25th, 2012, 5:33 pm #7

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
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I don't know why I didn't do this earlier, but I just checked the underside of my plant leaves and I found what I think are white flies. There weren't a ton of them, but a few were scattered on several plants. I was able to squish most of them. A few flew off. The insects I saw crawling on my pots are MUCH smaller than the white flies.

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February 25th, 2012, 5:37 pm #8

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
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East-central Iowa

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Dan, are you seeing any webs on or around the plant area? Being so small it sounds more like spider mites than mealy bugs. I've been fighting mealy bugs for a couple of months now and they are much different than most other bugs you see on plants.


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February 25th, 2012, 5:40 pm #9

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
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No, I have not noticed any fuzz or web material on my plants.

Dan
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February 25th, 2012, 5:51 pm #10

Just now I was checking my cuttings and I noticed a couple of my guaranitica pots had extremely small white specks on them that were moving). They were/are quite numerous. Anyone know what insects these could be and how much of a problem they may be?

Dan
Zone 5
East-central Iowa

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What you are seeing on the soil may be recently hatched white fly. In a pinch if you have any citrus around the house you can boil the skins and strain the liquid and spray that on the plants, soil surface and under side of the leaves that will kill quite a few if you don't have anything stronger. It won't hurt the p0lants

Penny
NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
Penny
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Western NY state
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