Pests / Insects - Advice



Hi all,

Please see the attached images; I found tiny, almost microscopic white / black little visitors crawling near the base and up the branch of my pepper plant.

I have some questions…

  • I destroyed the pepper plants. Is it likely this has infected all my plants?
  • why would this have happened?
  • can you treats this or is it unresolvable?
  • best way to prevent this happening again?

Thanks for your help,



it seems you have thrips in your garden. Do you also have some weird spots on your plants, pale or somewhat silver-like?

They are very resistant and quite difficult to get rid of. I have not managed to get rid of them without throwing the plants out. Other users use different soaps and other natural remedies and it seems to help for a little while, but- they emerge again. Commercial growers use biological control (predators) but that also just keeps them in lower number and does not destroy the pests for good.

There is also a blogpost about pests and how to deal with the situation.



Happy new year! Thanks for your reply,

A few of the leaves have the silver sheen type appearance. They appear to not be a large amount of them.

Do they affect the growth of the plants?

Do we know what causes this?

Do I have to destroy months of hot Chilli plant growth? Or can the chillies rippen without being affected?

Again thanks for your help,

Kind regards