Tiny white bugs on Gardenia
Last year we had tiny white flying bugs on your Gardenia. Can you tell me what they might be and how to get rid of them if we get them again this summer? We tried an all natural spray, but it did not work. Thanks
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Hi,

Thanks for writing. It sounds like whiteflies --- small, white insects that are about the size of gnats. Whiteflies can be extremely difficult to deal with because they're so mobile. You can try using an insecticidal soap or spray with neem oil --- but you'll need to reapply regularly (every week for a month or so).

Another option is to encourage beneficial insects that eat the whiteflies. Daisies, marigolds, calendula, sunflowers, zinnias, and other similar plants are good for attracting beneficial bugs.

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

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