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White powdery insect in okra - help needed!!!
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October 31, 2011 - 6:35 pm
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I'm a newbie terrace gardener and trying my hand at growing vegetables in pots.  I'm recently seeing some white powdery insect behind the leaves.






What is this?  Is this harmful?  How can I remove this organically?  Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks!

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November 1, 2011 - 1:27 pm
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Hi venkysrini, I had this in my Okra too.I google searched and they looked like mealy bugs.I had to wipe the undersurface of each leaf with an 1:1 solution of alcohol and water.It disappeared altogether but reappeared in matter of days but in smaller numbers.I repeated the procedure and they came back as small scattered colonies-sometimes seen as concentric white circles,sometimes as cottony clumps and sometimes I could find white flies too.But hands down,they are very much manageable and I haven't seen any in the past few weeks. Cool.I had set up yellow oily traps around Okra plants and before the rains I could find white flies getting trapped on it too!!Hope these help!

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