Small White Bugs On Parsley - Knowledgebase Question

Charlton, MA
Question by Judy_Pembrok
October 19, 2000
I moved my parsley indoors about a month ago. The container holds parsley, rosemary and oregano. The parsley has very small white bugs on the leaves. I placed the container outside last weekend when the temp. was in the 80's, hoping that maybe the direct sun would maybe kill of the bugs. It attracted alot of yellow jackets and house flies that I hoped would be eating the bugs. I've moved the container in, as the temperature is more seasonal, nights getting down to the 30's. Should I not eat the parsley? Will the bugs contaminate the soil? What about the rosemary and oregano? Thanks so much.


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Answer from NGA
October 19, 2000

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methods. Read the label on any insecticidal soap products carefully before using. Some insects do propagate in the soil. They may not care for the aroma of the other herbs, but it's a bit unusual that they haven't moved on to all the plants in the pot. You are right that there are beneficial predator insects that will eat other insects, but timing is everything! Sometimes, it takes a while for the predators to build up sufficient populations to control the bad guys, so it's not always possible to do by just setting the plant out for a few days. I hope this information helps!
methods. Read the label on any insecticidal soap products carefully before using. Some insects do propagate in the soil. They may not care for the aroma of the other herbs, but it's a bit unusual that they haven't moved on to all the plants in the pot. You are right that there are beneficial predator insects that will eat other insects, but timing is everything! Sometimes, it takes a while for the predators to build up sufficient populations to control the bad guys, so it's not always possible to do by just setting the plant out for a few days. I hope this information helps!

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