Fig Tree

Insects on Leaves

alberto_swdn added on March 30, 2018 | Answered

Hello, We have a 2 year old fig tree in pot and its leaves are infected with think black insects (see pictures). We tried to identify what type of insect they are but did not find a similar one on the internet. Does anybody know what they are? The insects are mainly on the figs, but recently they also jumped to the avocados, papaya, passion fruit, etc. Pretty much all the plants around. We applied neem oil quite thoroughly but they seem to don't mind about it. If you have any tips of how can we get rid of this pest please share! Thank you Alberto

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Answered on March 31, 2018

Yes, those are thrips. These are terrible. Neem oil does not affect them one bit. You will have to use something that they really don't like, such as garlic oil, rosemary oil, Hot pepper extract, and chrysanthemum extract all work really well. This collection of articles will help in making your own pesticides, as well as many other gardening tips:

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