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tiny flies on herbs

I have noticed that my basil is covered with tiny, tiny fly like things, Whenever you touch the leaves, they fly off only to return. I have also seen strands of white almost like spider web. They are destrying my herbs. What can I do?

Re: tiny flies on herbs

The fact you mention 'destroying' and strands of web suggests Red Spider mite to me!

See here; http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Red%20Spider%20mite/Red%20Spider%20mite.htm

But the flying away and returning aspect suggests aphids.

http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Aphids/Aphids.htm

** Click on pictures to enlarge!

What colour are the flies?

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