Tiny White Bugs On Geranium - Knowledgebase Question

Lakewood, CO
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Question by ronlshaw
February 11, 2001
What are the tiny white flying insects that I am finding on the leaves of my geranium? It has been kept indoors all winter by a south facing patio door. Is there a natural way to get rid of them instead of a chemical spray?


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Answer from NGA
February 11, 2001
They might be whiteflies. Try a soapy water spray. Use 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent soap per gallon of water. Use regular, not concentrated soap. Don't use soaps with lemon, as the citric acid can burn plants. Start with the lower amount and work up as needed. Spray as often as needed. As with any spray you might wish to test it on a few leaves first before you treat all your plants. Don't leave plants in direct sun after spraying as they may burn. Next on my list would be an insecticidal soap spray. The insecticidal soaps are made from plant-derived fatty acids and target soft-bodied insects.

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