Insects on pepper plants - Knowledgebase Question

Murrysville, Pe
Question by ebaymike
April 24, 2010
We have about 35 young pepper plants. They are little older than seedlings, from 3 - 11 inches tall. Just today they became covered in small light-green colored insects. They look like aphids and appear to be the larva of small flies. Is there an insecticide that will work on these insects and also not wither or burn the pepper plants? We need to do something ASAP!

Thank you,


Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010


I'd spray the pests off with plain water. A strong (but not too strong) stream of water should dislodge the pests. Or, you can use Insecticidal soap which will kill soft bodied insects within a few minutes. After spraying, wait 5-10 minutes, then rinse the residue off with plain water. Insecticidal soap should not burn the leaves, but if the leaves are young and tender, they'll be more susceptible to burn. Start with the plain water spray and use the big guns insecticidal soap as a last resort. Best wishes with your seedlings.

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