I finally got rid of the dread white shell-like bugs of my laurel bush (see old post if you want) . I cut it down, washed it all with dish detergent, and put mineral oil on all the cut ends. (I read it somewhere, and i presume it suffocates them in the holes they made in the branches. Finally this spring it put out tons of leaves and looked healthy!
Except now i have tiny brown flying bugs that look like miniature fruitflies, except the wings stay close to the body when they're sitting on the leaf so they look slimmer than fruitflies and are smaller, and they (i presume it;s them) seem to lay some eggs under the edges of the tender new leaves and the leaves fold backwards like a nice little cradle for them!
I washed each leaf with dish detergent again, got all the bugs off, cut of every single leaf they had laid eggs on, three days in a row. The little bug(ger)s come back as soon as the detergent is dry.
WHAT CAN I DO
are there any home remedies? I don't want to use insecticides and my local plant nursery is full of ignorant people who say whatever comes to their mind and always try to sell you insecticides. They apparently don;t know about ladybugs. I may have to travel further away, but meanwhile does anyone have a solution?