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Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Aug 23, 2016 9:32 AM CST
So my lemon balm has not been doing too hot, and today I realized that underneath the leaves, there are all these little moth things. It is an indoor plant, so no clue where they came from. Help!!!
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 23, 2016 9:40 AM CST
Maybe whiteflies/aphids?
Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 23, 2016 9:41 AM CST
They look like whiteflies to me:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=whiteflies&client=safari&hl=e...
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 23, 2016 9:43 AM CST
Probably whitefly. They are hard to get rid of because you spray and they fly. Carry your plant outside without disturbing the whiteflies, shake it really good and run back in the house before they have a chance to resettle.

They are attracted to those yellow sticky traps but try to get rid of as many as possible by taking them outside first. Wash the eggs off the leaves and then put up a sticky trap.
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Aug 23, 2016 9:45 AM CST
Thank you so much everyone! I will have to get some sticky paper.
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Aug 23, 2016 9:46 AM CST
Do you think thats why my plant isn't doing so great?
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 23, 2016 9:59 AM CST
Those little bugs are sucking the life out of your plant.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 23, 2016 10:18 AM CST
I agree Terrible little suckers!
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Aug 23, 2016 12:45 PM CST
Okay I got the sticky paper and a TON are sticking to it! Now, how do I help my poor plant get back to normal? :/ Also, I see little dots on the undersides of the leaves where the whiteflies were...are they eggs?!?!?!?!
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 23, 2016 2:15 PM CST
Probably. And hatching as we speak. Give your plant a good bath. Soapy water, rinse well.
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Aug 23, 2016 2:17 PM CST
Okay! Found a spray solution online with dish soap, water, and rubbing alcohol! I sprayed all of the leaves' undersides! Hopefully it works. (:
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 23, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Don't forget the rinse well part.
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Aug 23, 2016 3:42 PM CST
Just did! Thank you (:

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