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Bell Pepper and white "bugs"? that look like small mildew spots

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That's about the only way to describe the nuisance. The plant have been beautiful and have about 7 pepper that are in varying stages of size. Suddenly today, there is a white substance/spot, each about the size of a pin head, but also varying in size to a degree. They don't look like a bug, but if you put your fingernail up next to one, it moves. WHAT on earth is this short of using and insecticide, what can I do to eliminate them? I've never grown peppers before, so this is a first for me. For now, I'm going to try a soapy solution. Thanks for any information.

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  1. I've determined them (I think) to be mealy bugs. Googling for solutions, soapy water was one - which I used last night. But this morning, the little critters are back. Another suggestions was to wipe each leaf down with alcohol, which given the size of this plant is way to labor intensive. Any other ideas?

    1. Went to my organic garden center. They are mealybugs - small cottony patches on leaves of pepper plant, but a shurb about 15 ft away was infested on leaves and woody limbs. Neem oil was the rec which I've now sprayed liberally. Also good for rust and black spot on rose bushes, do got a dual use from it. Hope it does the trick.