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Topic by Millo posted 08-09-2010 04:32 PM 15166 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Millo

17 posts in 1772 days

08-09-2010 04:32 PM

WE found these little bugs that seem to float on the air (but of course, they fly) on our basil plant. My wife sprayed some neem oil or something of the sort on it, and now they are on our oak tree! Its a young tree, since this house was built in a new development this past October/November. Not sure what type of oak it is, but since we are in Austin Texas, it could be Live Oak?!! No idea. I have read about fuzzy bugs doing something funny with tree sap, but these guys seem to hang out on the leaves. Yes, they were eating the basil leaves, and now looking at the oak tree leaves it does seem like they’re chomping on this otherwise healthy young tree.

Can anyone guess what these guys are and how to get rid of them? THANKS!



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Bon

7374 posts in 2473 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-09-2010 06:33 PM

A picture would really help to ID them.How little is little.Are there any markings on them.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Millo

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08-09-2010 07:14 PM

Sorry, Bon… I tried to take pictures but the zoom in my camera is not very good. They show up like tiny little white balls on the pics. No markings on them, that I can see. My wife says they bite or sting and I’ve read some descriptions that seem to be similar on the web that say the same thing. I still haven’t noticed and weird tree sap or goopy stuff.

I trapped two and have them in a little plastic bag (ziploc type of thing)—will bring them to a home center or nursery in a few hours, since today I’ll have a good-sized break after 2PM. I will post again late tonight for any help and let anyone know what I found out in case someone else has a similar problem.

Thanks!

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Millo

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08-10-2010 06:57 AM

Well, went to two places and got VERY different answers. What I think is the most credible source said they were whiteflies, but the problem is they saw after the people in the first place had squished them in the bag. Argh. Anyhow, I just saw pics of whitelflies on the web and to be honest they don’t look like that. Hmm. Maybe a DIFFERENT bug also called whitefly?

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jroot

5081 posts in 2323 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-10-2010 01:08 PM

We have a bug this year that is white and fuzzy very much resembling whitefly. There are swarms of them, and I note that they come from the cedar bush. At the same time, earlier in the year, we noted a lot of dead foliage on the cedars. We contacted the Grand River Conservation Authority about the trees, as they are on the land controlled by the GRCA, and were told that because we had such a mild winter, there is a little white moth that survived winter living and multiplying on the cedars. They say that if we have another year like that, we may end up losing all the cedars behind us. What a disaster that would be ! The prolonged heat wave we have had this summer seems to have knocked them back substantially, so we may be in luck. Nevertheless, I will take extra care to clean the brugmansia, hibiscus, and geraniums really well before bringing them into the house this fall.

Millos, do you live near cedar trees? Could it be a similar bug?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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aimee22

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08-13-2010 09:36 PM

here is a picture of the bugs i believe you are talking about. i too live in (south)austin in a new subdivision. i noticed them last week. it looked almost like snow floating or ash. i’m very curious to find out what these little bugs are as well. they are about 2 mm in size. http://members.cox.net/bus/bugs/bug2.jpg

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Millo

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08-13-2010 10:04 PM

aimee:

YES, THAT’S IT!

jroot: since I’m in Austin I do believe there is a lot of cedar around…

I have to leave now, but when I get back I’ll get/post some pictures of the damage I THINK they are causing.

Aimee, I am also in a new subdivision, NE, near the Samsung plant. Like I said, I trapped two to bring to HD but those peeps squished them, but when I took the to the nursery they didn’t look the same, to say the least, LOL! I am using Neem oil, and like I said, it seems they stopped liking the basil as much as they did before, but they’re still around and hanging out mostly on the lower part of our young oak tree. They seem to be taking little circular “bites” off the leaves. Also, they seem to be fairly quiet in the early morning, they become obvious later in the mid-morning—or at least so I’ve noticed. I was driving today a few hours ago and noticed them at another place, on a corner off Dessau Rd, while waiting at a traffic light. It also seems like dragonflies eat them, although definitely there are way too many of these tiny things—are you seeing more dragonflies around?

Thanks!

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Millo

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08-14-2010 09:54 PM

ok, I’m back annoying you, here are some pics of basil and oak damage, including one where there’s a bug on the oak leave. I guess some of the damage might not be related to these particular bugs…

small circles oak

more oak leave damage

oak leave damage 3

bug on oak leave

oak leave damage 5

Photobucket

basil 1

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Millo

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08-14-2010 09:54 PM

All the other pics with bugs in them were really out of focus…

Thanks everyone!

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