WHERE DID ALL THESE TINY WHITE BUGS COME FROM???
Tiny white insects have taken over the Portland metro area over the past few months, leaving residents scratching their heads over what they are, where they came from and what, if anything, can be done about them.
Turns out the bugs are ash whiteflies, officially siphoninus phillyreae, and they have exploded in numbers this year, with millions of the tiny nuisances spotted across the Portland area.
Robin Rosetta, an Oregon State University associate professor and entomologist, works with nurseries and greenhouses on pest management. She said that the tiny insects were first discovered in Oregon last year, but have greatly increased in numbers this year.
“Aren’t they incredible?” she joked on Monday. “They’re everywhere. They are very abundant.”