Posted 1M ago by @stephonicle

Bugs on my basil ๐Ÿ˜’

Looks like a have two different bugs infesting my basil. What are these little sh*ts, and is it even worth it to try and get rid of them?? If it's a hassle to treat, I'm inclined to just chuck the whole thing in the garbage, rather than put my other plants at risk ๐Ÿ˜ณ #PestControl #help #AskGreg
2ft to light, direct
8โ€ pot with drainage
Last watered 1 month ago
Best Answer
They are aphids. You can treat the plant with neem spray
@Rainbow both the green ones in the first two pics and the little tans ones in the last pic?
@stephonicle yep! They can be green, brown, white, black, red and I believe yellow as well!
I assume this is outdoors?
My infestation on my peas never spread to other plants last year, but it's possible without treating them. You can spray most off with a sprayer and treat the plant with neem. Do check the soil. Aphids love hanging out in the soil as well. You keeping it depends on how much effort you're willing to expend. I've saved some and I've chucked some!
@Rainbow thank you so much! Arrgg, they're so sneaky! I didn't even notice them at first because the green ones blended in with the plant lol. I just moved it outside away from all my other plants. Will spray it with some neem oil and cross my fingers ๐Ÿ˜›
You're welcome. They are assholes. Please make sure to thoroughly check every plant they were in close proximity to!
@Rainbow it was inside, but it's outside now
Outdoors if you go with neem. Neem stinks ๐Ÿ˜€ you could also try just showering it with a harsh stream repeatedly over the period of at least a lifecycle to dislodge them. it's maybe a bit more of a hassle and not quite as effective, but can do the trick or at least reduce the problem if you do not have neem at home to treat it immediately.
@Rainbow I've got a magnifying glass & I'm going over every square inch of all plants that were within a few feet of it ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”
@MusicalRedmint I'll douse it with the hose first. I do have neem, so I'll probably do hose first and then spray w/ neem oil
Have fun.
@stephonicle ๐Ÿง