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last year my small hedge was attacked by millions of white bugs which are very very small and I had to dig them up because they had died. However I have a couple of roses which I overwintered in the greenhouse and I now see that one of these is nearly dead with the same insect. As far as I can tell they don't seem to fly but multiply very fast. What on earth are they? I have fumigated the greenhouse but they are still there


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,310

    I know they are tiny but is there any chance of a photo of them?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • thank you for your response they live on the plant and on top of the soil. I also had them on my tomatoes last year. I have photos and will upload shortly

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     here ar some photo which are the best I can do because of how small they are

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,097

    I agree with Edd. image

    Also, encourage blue tits and long tailed tits into your garden - they'll feast on the ones in your hedgerow - and most roses don't need to be over-wintered in a greenhouse - if they were outside they'd be less likely to suffer f rom whitefly problems.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thank you all for your time and info provided it will be most valuable. I will now get to work ridding myself of these

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,260

    My beech hedge gets these most years. The blue tits clear them up. Encourage them in the garden with fat balls.

  • marc weirmarc weir Posts: 124
    Would whitefly actually kill a hedge ?
  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538

    The pest on the beech hedge is possibly a woolly aphid. Don't do any real harm but they are unsightly.

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