Whitefly Control: An Emerging Problem

We’ve been involved in pest control for a number of years, offering everything from specialized equestrian pest control to more common ant control and bee control services. Recently, we’ve heard an increasing number of complaints from customers about a relative newcomer to our area, the whitefly; we’re happy to let both our new and returning clients know we’re no stranger to the whitefly, and our whitefly control programs are designed from an informed, experienced perspective with methods that work.

Whitefly control begins with an understanding of the insect itself; it’s a small, winged insect that’s a near cousin to the aphid, and it regularly feeds on the underneath side of a plant’s leaves. Whitefly infestations cause wilting and yellowing of the plants they occupy – in Florida, their favorite seems to be ficus trees, and often the first time homeowners become aware of an infestation is when the leaves are already falling off their ficus! They’re spotted on a wide variety of fig trees and banyan trees, as well as the occasional azalea.

It’s important to contact a professional pest control company for many different kinds of infestations, but none more so than the whitefly — and not just because they cleverly sit on the underneath side of leaves, which makes insecticide application tricky for the typical homeowner. Another important consideration is that the whitefly, fortunately, has a whole host of natural enemies out there, and they can be helpful in controlling a whitefly infestation – if enough care is taken not to use pesticides that are also harmful to those particular predators!

If you think your plants are showing signs of a whitefly infestation, don’t wait until the plant is destroyed; contact us today and let us show you how our whitefly control and other pest control programs are the best in the business.