Whiteflies

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Whitefly larvae
Underside of Plumeria Leaf

Whitefly larvae
Underside of Plumeria Leaf

 
Whiteflies are tiny, white insect flies that fly around when the plants are disturbed.  They can cause leaf yellowing and molting, and stunting of all growth.  Whiteflies secrete sticky "honeydew" which then host "black sooty mold" and / or spread plant viruses.

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How to Control Whiteflies.

Note:  Once established... Whiteflies are Very hard to control.

1.  Keep the growing area clean and free of fallen leaves.
(Keep the Greenhouse area as clean as possible)

2.  Carefully remove and place badly infected leaves into trash bags.

3.  Blast all existing leaves clean with a water hose.

4.  Keep pots and all growing areas free of weeds.

5.  Improve the air circulation in greenhouse area, and as weather permits remove plants, and blast them clean and free of all adult whiteflies.

6.  Use "yellow sticky traps"... place them all around the greenhouse.
***shake plants to force them to move to the traps ***
(every adult female killed will help in whitefly control.)

7.  Insecticides :  Bug-B-Gon insect killer or comparable spray product.
Bug-B-Gon Multi-Purpose Garden Dust or comparable dusting product.
***repeated treatments are needed to gain control ***

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