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Zone 6 | deenamoo added on January 3, 2012 | Answered

Can African violets get aphids? Mine has what looks to be little white eggs or bugs about 1/64th in length. Thank you.

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Answered on January 4, 2012

Yes, they can. You will normally find them on the undersides of the leaves in clusters. They are usually green or black but may be found in others colors too. You could be seeing egg sacs. Mealy bugs are another possibility, occurring in white, cottony clusters on leaf surfaces. Spider mites also affect these plants and will usually leave white webbing. Regardless of the type of pest, I would recommend treating the plant with neem oil. It is quite effective in treating all of these insects. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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