White pieces of fluff flying bugs

Asked October 10, 2015, 7:16 AM EDT

We've noticed an infestation of tiny white flying bugs near our home in camas, WA. They seem to be ruining our plants. They were at the base of one of our plants leaving a sticky residue. Our plant looks almost dead. Yesterday late afternoon we went to Portland and noticed the same bugs. What are these? Do they bite? Are they harmful to plants? How do we get rid of them?

Clark County Washington

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Apparently Portland is beset right now with a relatively new pest, the Ash Whitefly. Maybe that's what you've noticed floating through the air? We first saw Ash Whitefly last fall and are still learning about them, but it appears they have a wide range of hosts and are currently migrating from deciduous plants to evergreen plants to overwinter. Guess they've moved north into Clark County. We'll have to keep an eye out for them in Cowlitz.
Here's more about them from OSU: