Tiny white insects #285042 - Ask Extension


Tiny white insects #285042

Asked October 15, 2015, 8:28 PM EDT

What are the swarms of tiny white insects that seem to be flying around every where? Do not have a better description, but they are on our herbs and just about every one I speak with mentions them. Tried to identify them in books and online with no luck. Thank you.

Clackamas County Oregon

Expert Response

Many people in our region have noticed the same tiny white flying insects during the past several months.  They have been identified as ash whiteflies, Siphoninus phillyreae, potentially serious pests of ash trees and certain other woody plants. Very little is known at this time about what their activities might be in our region or what sort of management may be needed.

This webpage for commercial growers has some background information and images of infested leaves: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/Ash_whitefly.html. (Near the top of the page, notice the link to a local garden show where you can hear an interview with a university-affiliated entomologist.)

It’s not yet known if treatment will be needed during the growing season.  No action needs to be taken against the adults which are currently active. Those now on your herbs are simply resting there temporarily

Jean R. Natter Replied October 16, 2015, 12:34 AM EDT
Thanks so much.  I will pass the name on to others who have been wondering.
The Question Asker Replied October 16, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

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