Bugs on my petunia plant

Asked June 21, 2015, 9:49 AM EDT

When picking off the dead flowers from my petunia plant, I find very, very small (almost unnoticeable) light red (or possibly pink) bugs crawling on my hands. There are many of them. on each dead flower. How do I get rid of them and keep them off?

Cecil County Maryland

3 Responses

Can you see legs? Or send a photo? It can be attached to this reply.
Possibilities include thrips= really tiny
aphid=have legs and possibly clover mites.
None of these warrant control on petunias.
Here is a page to view thrips. See if they look familiar: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/thrips-flowers
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They must have legs because when they get on my hands or arms they are crawling but they are too small to see or to get a picture of. They are about the size of a pin (not the head of a pin but the sharp end), they are very very small.

Without a photo we cannot make an accurate identification. You may be referring to clover mites. See the attached link http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/clover-mites
If so, no control is necessary. They are not harming the plants.
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