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White insect on rhododendron?

LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 775
Hi guys and girls!

I've just noticed these tiny white insects on the small rhododendron i have planted in a container. I did a little Google search but couldn't find anything definitive, could someone shed some light? Should i be worried? And should i just spray with a bug spray? I'd rather stay as organic as possible.

They don't seem to be moving, it should be noted.



  • robairdmacraignilrobairdmacraignil CorkPosts: 619
    Aphids molt off their old skin as they grow and the pictures look like this to me. Maybe something has been able to eat the aphids themselves or they have moved on to find something easier to eat. You could wash them off if you like with just a spray of water but if the aphids are not harming the plant you could just leave a few to provide food for natural predators like hover flies or ladybirds.
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 775
    @robairdmacraignil thanks. I've had a look, couldn't see anything moving so hopefully nothing there, can't see any damage. I've given it a rinse. 👍🏼
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