'Saliva' like substance on my phlox

perennialfan273(zone 5)June 3, 2009

Hello

Today, I was looking at some garden phlox, and it had something on the leaves that looked a lot like somebody had spit on it. Does anybody have any idea what this is?? Is it harmful to the plant??

Also, you know what I just realized?? If you switch the 'v' and the 'i' in saliva, it spells salvia. Interesting...

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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Sounds like a Spittle Bug. My experience is that they are an occasional visitor to the garden, and while technically harming your plants, their populations are such that they are not a problem.

If concerned, just apply some medium-pressure water from a hose.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 6:49PM
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Karchita(WA Z8)

I get lots of them in my garden this time of year. They are really gross. Like aphids, they suck juices from your plants. In small numbers they aren't much to worry about, but if you have a lot they can be disease vectors and deform flowers. Hosing them off works somewhat; pushing aside the spittle and finding and squishing the little bugger works even better, but I recommend wearing gloves.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 12:32AM
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john_4b(z4b WI)

Spittle bugs. Just go in with your fingers and pinch the green bugs from the center of the spit.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 10:04AM
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cosmolover(5 Downest Maine)

They love my phlox and my dianthus as well. I just squish em' too!!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 6:56AM
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debgrow(Z5 Chicago)

I just use a spray bottle with a very mild detergent solution, and it does the trick. They really don't seem to harm my plants.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 8:47AM
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