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NEED HELP WITH WHITEFLIES ON HERBS!

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I found some flies (I guess whiteflies) on my mint and since it didn't do well anyway I chucked it. But now I found more on my basil and oregano. The rosemary seems to be fine.
Any ideas how to get rid of them? I had a good look and there are about 5 on every plant. Couldn't get a better photo because they are very small. Can't find any eggs but dont know how they really look like. I have a lot of plants and am quite afraid that they will spread. Shall I get rid of the infested plants? Or sprinkle them with soapy water? Or scream at them?
14th Nov 2008, 16:08   | tags:,,,

beth says:

I had greenfly problems. in the end it won out :( my solution for a while was getting in an army of ladybirds who got to work pretty quick to cull their numbers, I'm sorry, the ladybirds are probably hibernating now.

15th Nov 2008, 12:35

hildegard says:

Pick the flies off & squish them is the organic approach. Spraying with a mild soap solution is useful if there's a heavy infestation but not really needed otherwise. Best thing to do is keep the plants properly watered, well ventilated & well fed - poor conditions make the plant susceptible to all forms of infestation. If you live near any kind of garden supplier, I'd suggest a couple of whitefly traps - a sticky pad impregnated with white-fly attracting scents. (With all the p&p;, it hardly seems worthwhile buying such tiny, cheap things online.)

15th Nov 2008, 18:22

Judo-Jule says:

thanks girls! i squished em. plus i have a garden center nearby so i will get some traps. my grandparents used to have fly traps over the dinner table in the 80s. yummy!

16th Nov 2008, 13:52