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28/09/2012 at 12:32

I have a large, Bay tree/bush in a pot - the new have been under attack, for the last 3 years, from very small white insects. The eggs are laid, in wispy white stuff and the edges of the leaves curl over and cover them. The only thing I can do is remove any leaves I see that have curled over, if I delay the eggs hatch into small white insects.

How can I prevent the eggs being laid?

28/09/2012 at 12:44

They sound like Mealybug. You can spray with a horticultural oil which will suffocate them. I usually clean them up by hand.

28/09/2012 at 23:22

Or could it be bay sucker? Have a read here.

29/09/2012 at 06:47

Could be, Alina. The wispy white stuff said Mealybug to me. I see it on bays here.

29/09/2012 at 06:59

I agree Alina - I have had them on my Bay Tree

Pam LL x

11/07/2015 at 20:04

Many thanks answered my questions today when faced with a load of those horrid things...hadn't noticed till I went to prune my bay!!  Thanks a mill!

11/07/2015 at 20:07

Sorry was actually Alina who identified my problem...thanks Alina!! Sorry to have confused things..... I am suffering from gardening overload...and maybe second glass of wine syndrome! 

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