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Name: Pamela Gordon
Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a)
Region: California
May 21, 2020 4:41 PM CST
I noticed a lot of these TINY little white bugs/moths hovering around my azalea plant outdoors. I am in Los Angeles and am not familiar with what they are. They look like teeny soft snow flakes or cotton that seem to be attracted to this particular plant on my patio. Any idea of what they are and whether they're harmful? Should I spray? If so, what's best? Thank you.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 21, 2020 4:45 PM CST
Sounds like white flies. The are hard to get rid of because if you spray, they flutter away. Use a systemic or sticky traps. Systemics won't hurt the good bugs, only the bugs sucking the life out of your plants.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Plant Identifier
May 21, 2020 5:02 PM CST
I agree
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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May 21, 2020 5:27 PM CST
I also agree, it sounds like a whitefly issue; here's an article in our Learning Library regarding this pest:
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Name: Pamela Gordon
Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a)
Region: California
Feb 10, 2021 1:38 PM CST
Thank you all for replying to my post (re: white flies) and solutions. Hurray!

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