Whitefly

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

Whitefly

Whiteflies are small, winged insects that belong to the order “Hemiptera” which include aphids, scales and mealybugs which all typically feed on the underside of leaves.  There are 75 different types of whiteflies reported in Florida.  This relatively new whitefly in south Florida has been known by the name of “Gumbo Limbo Spiraling whitefly.”

In March, 2009 a whitefly was collected in Miami-Dade County from a gumbo limbo tree. This was the first report of this insect on the U.S. continent. It is believe to have originated from Central America.   Since the initial find there have been numerous other reports of whiteflies in the south Florida area.

Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking nutrients from the plant causing wilting, yellowing, stunting growth and even cause death. These damaging whiteflies are not the same whitefly called the “ficus whitefly” that is causing defoliation and branch die-back of ficus trees in south Florida.

Treatment

A systematic insecticide can be applied directly to the infested plant or to the soil.  Misuse or overuse of any insecticide can cause problems, such as insecticide resistance, secondary pest problems, environmental contamination and detrimental effects on the non-target organisms.

You can count on Termpest to complete the treatment of a whitefly problem in a safe and effective manner!