So I've started up a little indoor herb garden/green house about a month and a half ago.I should preface by saying I'm relatively new to the gardening game. I've basically just used some greenhouse plastic to enclose an area under my staircase and have a humidifier in there on a switch set to keep things between 70-75% 24/7. I have 4 grow lamps that are running 14 hours a day and 2 fans that run all day to keep circulation going.
Everything I bought was purchased from a pretty reputable local nursery but in the last 2 weeks everyday I seem to find some other weird insect/creature on a different plant that aren't really that close to each other.
I'm hoping to get some verification that a) they are both aphids and should be treated the same and b) is something I'm doing causing these insects or did I just pick out some bad stuff from the nursery?
The first thing I found was this strange cocoon type thing embedded in one of my dill plants. I noticed some of the tips of the plant were turning yellowish and saw this. Haven't been able to identify it or figure out if had anything to do with the yellowing of the tips.
About a few days later I noticed that I had small green spider-like insects on one of my hot pepper plants. Sadly i didn't snap a picture of it but they matched up pretty well with my google search and after taking it outside, spraying it down with soapy water. It appears to have solved the issue and I now have it back in the green house where i monitor it very closely.
Then 2 days ago, I was looking at a sweet basil plant and I noticed it was covered with these white egg like "things" under some of the leaves. I'm not sure if these are also aphids or perhaps eggs of some type? I can't seem to find an exact match on it. I took that entire potter outside. I mixed 500ml of water, 3ml of neem oil and a few drops of soap and sprayed it down yesterday and today making sure to hit the underside of the leaves. I also just pruned off some of the really infected stuff
So my main question is are these actually aphids on my basil and if not, what are they and will my neem oil/soap/water spray solve the issue?
And more importantly, am I doing something wrong in my process that might be encouraging insects?
And lastly (sorry for such a long essay!) I've read lady bugs might help but a little hesitant to introduce them indoors? Would that be something I should look into? I want to make sure they can survive and I also want to make sure I survive by not causing an insect infestation indoors causing my wife to murder me!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Please let me know if i can clarify anything further