Houseplants forum→What are these bugs on my Monstera?

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Ireland (Zone 9a)
Region: Europe Houseplants
Aphria
Oct 22, 2021 1:07 PM CST
Hi, these white bugs are on the underside of some of the leaves on my Monstera and also on an avocado plant. They're quite fast moving. Don't appear to be doing much damage...don't look like mites and nothing furry to be mealy bugs. Can anyone enlighten me please? Thanks!
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Ireland (Zone 9a)
Region: Europe Houseplants
Aphria
Oct 22, 2021 3:14 PM CST
It's ok, I believe they are thrips...
California (Zone 9b)
CalPolygardener
Oct 22, 2021 3:20 PM CST
I agree
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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NMoasis
Oct 22, 2021 3:37 PM CST
...if so, I wouldn't say it's ok. They suck plant juices and scar the leaves in the process, plus they can multiply rapidly. A soap solution repeated two or three times at 10-14 day intervals can get rid of them.

I can't tell for certain from your photo that they are thrips, but possible. If they hop when disturbed, could also be leafhopper nymphs.
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
Ireland (Zone 9a)
Region: Europe Houseplants
Aphria
Oct 22, 2021 10:48 PM CST
NMoasis said:...if so, I wouldn't say it's ok. They suck plant juices and scar the leaves in the process, plus they can multiply rapidly. A soap solution repeated two or three times at 10-14 day intervals can get rid of them.

I can't tell for certain from your photo that they are thrips, but possible. If they hop when disturbed, could also be leafhopper nymphs.


I meant that it's ok, I've managed to identify them so I now know what to do with them! Thanks.
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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NMoasis
Oct 22, 2021 11:28 PM CST
Ha! Ok then Hilarious!
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.

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