Herbs forum: What is on my basil plant? can I save it?

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Nov 25, 2016 4:02 PM CST
So my basil plant is covered in these tiny white specks. I took a photo and I think it looks like some sort of bug infestation. Anyone recognize this? Can I save my plant?
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Name: Linda
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Dec 15, 2016 7:57 PM CST
Hi, @Adaada....sorry I didn't see this sooner.

That looks like perhaps aphids on your basil. You might try running the plants under a shower or stream of water to rinse them off (be sure to also get the undersides of the leaves). You may also want to try keeping good air circulation around your plants, and keeping your soil a little drier. You can also try spraying with insecticidal soap, but make sure they are not in direct light/sunlight if you do so. Be sure to spray both the tops and undersides of the leaves. You can repeat this in a week if necessary.

The other possibility is white fly. Pretty much same recommendations as above.

Hope this helps!


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