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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Mizshelli
Jul 18, 2016 1:17 PM CST
Hello. Found this bug on my pepper plants today (second picture), but I'm not sure he had anything to do with the condition of the leaves. I have 3 plants that have this leaf problem, plus the stems at the bottom had some whitish looking pustules on them (didn't get a picture of the stem unfortunately). I played it safe and pulled all 3 plants out of the garden, but can someone tell me what is going on?? I have 10 more green pepper plants, 12 jalapeño plants, plus 70 tomatoes still in the garden and I want to make sure this doesn't spread.
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Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
(Nature is stronger than nurture)
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 18, 2016 1:34 PM CST
The insect looks like a twice-stabbed stink bug. It is a plant feeder but I don't know how much it might be contributing to the leaf problem. Here's a pic:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/306760/bgpage

Some bumps on pepper stems are normal. Is there any way you can salvage them for a picture?

Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Jul 18, 2016 2:36 PM CST
Yup, stink bugs will ruin the fruits as well. If you crush one of those, the stink draws more of them. Soapy water. Air roots on peppers do the same as on tomatoes. If the white bumps were aphids, then a different approach is needed since most poisons don't work on them. If you dust with Sevin, you should only do so 2 weeks before blooms. Eggs may be spotted on undersides of leaves and can be crushed.
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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Mizshelli
Jul 18, 2016 7:55 PM CST
I found no evidence of aphids and I've seen several ladybugs on my plants. I'm wondering if I should replant the peppers I pulled or not....
Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
(Nature is stronger than nurture)
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