Begonia Leaves Wither And Plant Has Tiny Bugs

Question From: E. LEICHTER - Maryland, United States
Q: This is about my begonias. The leaves just wither. When i pull off a dying leaf, i see very tiny bugs scurry into the exposed stem. These things seem to be living inside the stem and are eating the plant from the inside. Is there any treatment for this?

A: Take photos or better yet samples of the bugs to your local independent garden center for an accurate ID and control. A systemic pesticide may be your best bet. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy