Ask a Question forum: What are these bugs on my indoor plants?

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Name: Kinsey
Dallas
mklint
Feb 10, 2017 2:26 PM CST
I pulled a few on my plants indoors by a sunny window for the winter and shortly started seeing these bugs conglomerating on a couple of the plants. It looks like there is two different kinds--a white bug that kind of looks like dust and a black one that looks like tiny seeds. I used a macro camera lens and got the pictures attached below of the two bugs. What are they and how can I treat them?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 10, 2017 2:39 PM CST
Take em out side and spray em with water. You may have to do a few times.a few days apart. Or take cotton swab with alcohol and get them if theres not to many. Also check for eggs.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Feb 10, 2017 2:39 PM CST
Welcome!

Both pictures are of aphids. The white ones are shed skins, the black ones are live aphids. You can spray them with insecticidal soap or try and blast them off with a spray of plain water if you can do that without damaging the plant. You'll probably have to treat them more than once.

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