Today I saw those tiny white bugs in my plants.

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It was on the lettuce, basil and peppermint. Is not a plague, just a group of them.

My first thought was it was whitefly, but they hasn't wings and doesn't fly. Seen closer it seems like little white/transparent grasshoppers.


Edit: A method to get rid of it would be also nice!

  • Insects are not at all your problem. Your plants look very anemic, have you given them any fertilizer at all? Insects will come when plants are weak. I see huge chemical deficiencies in this plant. Please tell us more about your maintenance and practices with plants. Fertilizer is as important as light and water. Again, too much will cause death but none is dumb.
    – stormy
    May 14, 2019 at 4:49
  • Hi Stormy, this plant is not fertilized at all. My father bought it and he leave it with the same soil and pot that it came with. The plant eventually seemed to die, but months later it regrow as you can see. Also another tiny one is growing now. Should I buy fertilizer or there is some kind of homemade solution? Should I repot it? Is coconut soil with hummus good for peppermint? Thanks!
    – EdgarAP
    May 14, 2019 at 6:04
  • Edgar, yes, get sterilized potting soil and perhaps a slightly larger pot. I am not able to see the size of your plant and the size of your pot. Sterilized potting soil. You HAVE to add fertilizer; LESS IS BEST, more is death and none is dumb.
    – stormy
    May 14, 2019 at 9:32
  • The safest bestus fertilizer for your needs is Osmocote14-14-14. It is extended release and will last a good 4 to 6 months! Make sure you have a drainage hole, only only sterilized potting soil without any water holding gimmicks or fertilizer! Nothing else goes in that pot, nothing. Leave 1" between the surface of the soil and the rim of the pot. Healthy, vibrant, vigorous plants. Vigorously growing plants are able to repel troublesome insects. Only plants that have been weakened will have insects taking advantage.
    – stormy
    May 14, 2019 at 9:40
  • Thanks Stormy! So, how should I do the process? Just puting coconut fiber without any earthworm humus and then the fertilizer? Or should I use universal potting soil (As it has water holding perlite)?
    – EdgarAP
    May 14, 2019 at 13:43

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Check out thrips bugs. These make similar damage and are quite contagious. Bear in mind that they are biologically insects (not relatives of spider mites) so they need different chemical agent to kill. Any insecticide will do.

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