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  • JanetlJanetl Posts: 31
    Hello. I have (hopefully) attached a picture in the hope somebody might know what these white things are. I don't even know if they are pest or disease. The bush was fine until a few weeks ago and I just put it down to stress with the hot weather etc but yesterday I rubbed my fingers over and they went yellow. Took me ages to clean all the yellow off. Should I just leave it or is it curtains for the bush?

    many thanks
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,636
    Looks like white fly to me.  Common problem in greenhouse and house plants in warm conditions.  The best treatment is nematodes which can be bought online or from good garden centres.   In the meantime, hose the plants down to rinse them off along with their sticky excretions and also to cool the plants and air.

    This is what the RHS says -

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  • JanetlJanetl Posts: 31
    Oh I wish it was just white fly! but no...these look like some one has sat with a gel pen and drawn tiny white lines on everything. I have not seen anything like it before. Maybe the plant is just sweating these 'things'.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,332
    Are they aphid casings?

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    They look like Euonymus Scale. Quite difficult to control. You could try plant oil sprays. 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,833
    Hello Janet - having enlarged your picture I can see that those are tiny little larvae and they will probably eat your plant as they grow.
    The suggestion made by Obelixx about using a hose will probably clear a lot of them off the plant leaves. Rubbing them off with your fingers is the other solution.
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  • Not a clue, wash off squash as above, I would remove a few leaves with the little critters and see what they turn out to be.
    "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
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