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Jan 19, 2017 8:08 PM CST

I found some small insects crawling around on my indoor rosemary plant. Does anyone know what these might be?

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 20, 2017 8:04 AM CST
Need closer pic. To id.
You can take him outside and see if a good spray with water washes them off. Do this every two days for at least ten days. In case any new eggs hatch out. Also keep eye on any other plants you have.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: greene
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Jan 20, 2017 12:00 PM CST
I agree with what Phillip said - spray it with water for several days in a row to dislodge current insects and hopefully wash away any eggs.

To get a good clear close-up photo you can 'cheat' and use a magnifying glass held in front of your camera. Here is an article explaining.
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Jan 20, 2017 2:02 PM CST
I did try to take a picture with a magnifying glass originally, I'll have to buy one from somewhere other than the dollar store.

Upon closer inspection this morning, I noticed that all of the plant's top side of the leaves are damaged. It's the only plant I have inside at this time and I just bought it from the only greenhouse in the area selling plants at this time so I think I'll just take it back.

Thanks for your help and advice!
Name: Sue
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Jan 20, 2017 2:10 PM CST
Mark, another thing you could try is to tap the leaves to dislodge the critters onto a piece of white paper. Then try and photograph them. That helps the camera to focus on the insects/mites rather than try and focus on the leaves. They may also show up better with the white background. That's all assuming they don't fly, of course.

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