Hi , sounds like mealie bugs or scale (the crawlers ) Safers insect soap will kill them also Neem Oil but with any contact spray there are sure to be some that are missed so repeted sprayings are neccessary . I have birds too, it was a problem when the plants were in the house .
If you use Neem be sure the plants are not in the sun until they are dry . There are other sprays I think Diane knows of a couple she also grows in the house . PS# Check all the other plants . I would treat any near the one with the bugs Gin