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Question: I have some habanero trees that are just starting to produce peppers. One of the trees has some strange white stuff on the under side of the leaves and along the stem/ branches. It looks like tiny white eggs or some sort of fungus. Today I picked some peppers from the trees and they felt sticky to the touch. Does this have something to do with the white stuff and is it poisonous? Is it safe to eat the peppers? Please help me get rid of this problem before it takes over all my pepper trees?

Answer: Jenile,
That sounds like mealybugs to me but could be white flies too. Try spraying the underside of the foliage with insecticidal soap sprays once a week for 3 weeks to shut them down. That should get you on through the season just fine.

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