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Name: Raych
Northern California (Zone 9b)
Raising food & family in sunny CA
May 9, 2017 3:26 PM CST
I have a problem in my herb bed. My mint, rosemary, sage and lemon thyme all have some splotchy discoloration on the leaves. From my online research it shows to probably be leafhoppers. And when I shake the bush tons of little flying dudes pop up. I would rather stay away from pesticides as with herbs you eat the leaves...any ideas to get rid of them? Or based on the pic, could it be something else?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 11, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Soapy water spray. 1 Tbl liquid dish soap to gal of water. Reg ivory or dawn. Spray underside and tops.
You'll need to spray every couple days for 10 days or longer till bugs life cycle ends.
For stronger measures, you can make your own insectacidal soap. Google it for diy recipe.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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