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My petunias have gotten these white specks on them. I can't tell if they are bugs or if it's just debris. Can anyone tell me what this is and how I get rid of them?

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They appear to be aphids and their detritus - spray with neem oil, or use an insecticide that treats for aphids. If you choose a systemic insecticide, that should keep them away for up to a fortnight; if you use a contact insecticide, or something like neem oil spray, you will probably need to respray more often.

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  • Thank you! I'm getting some insecticidal soap tonight. Do I need to worry about harming bees with that? Google seems to say no but I'm just not sure. – Brad Jun 24 '19 at 18:32
  • So long as you don't directly spray it on a bee, it'll be fine... try to spray at dusk to avoid beneficial insects, but bees don't usually visit petunias since most don't have any nectar for them. – Bamboo Jun 24 '19 at 19:17

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