Bugs in my brussel sprouts

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teflon

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Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« on: October 18, 2009, 19:23 »
   i went to the plot this afternoon to pick my first sprouts of the year&found them to be infested with tiny bugs.They seem to be within the first5-6 layers,leaving the center untouched.
   What are these bugs&what can i do (if anything)to get rid of them on the rest of the crop?
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DavidT

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2009, 19:32 »
I think we need a bit more info, Teflon. Any chance of a pic? :D

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 19:43 »
Sorry no pics,but when i lifted the netting to pick them,hundreds of tiny white"moths"(less than 1 mm)flew out.
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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2009, 19:57 »
The "moths" sound like whitefly, classic pest on brassicas.

But what are the bugs - size, colour, do they move etc
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2009, 20:38 »
Agree with the whitefly.

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2009, 21:09 »
Dark brown or black, they dont seem to be moving,in fact some of them seem to be dead with their legs curled under them.Less than a millemeter in length.

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009, 19:57 »
Any ideas on how to get rid of them?

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009, 21:29 »
Don't worry about them, when you get them home just wash them in salt water  that will get rid of them.

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2009, 17:22 »
you can reduce the whitefly by spraying with slightly soapy water, but the cold weather will probably see them off soon

Thats what Im hoping anyway as mine are covered

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Re: Bugs in my brussel sprouts
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2009, 20:34 »
could be cabbage aphids or most likely white fly scales.



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