Hello fellow click&growers!
I’m getting dead tired of fighting these little parasites again and again.
Planting lavender around doesn’t help (half of my plants are aromatics: basil, Thai basil, sage, etc.)
Using antiseptic spray doesn’t reach all the nooks and crannies of the plants, besides at least once I’d burned half of the thick and leafy basil plant.
I’m manually removing every bug I see and do purposeful checks and massive slaughter (30-40 insects) 1 time a week, but can’t cope… they keep appearing and bringing damage to the leaves and consequentially to the plants.
Can you please advise on the following
What are these insects?
How do I get rid of them?
If a leaf has a small number of eggs/larvae on them, should I clean up this leaf or remove it altogether?
I believe that the source of the insects are Thai basil pods - has anyone encountered similar issue with these pods?