Petunia Plants

Petunia Pests


Vidya added on September 4, 2016 | Answered

I've got these bugs on my petunias as soon as they began blooming. I've been using neem oil but it's only marginally reduced the bug infestation. Any recommendations?


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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on September 4, 2016

If you are able to see the actual bugs, you'll be able to identify them using the linked pictures on the following university website:

http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/menu.invertebrate.html

Insects including caterpillars, thrips, and earwigs can all feed on petunias. So can non-insect pests like slugs and mites. If the problem is an insect, you can use an organic or conventional garden insecticide. Here are some of your options:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/natural-home-pesticides-organic-garden-pest-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/white-oil-insecticide.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/pyrethrum-in-gardens.htm

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