- Posted by haggerty
- On April 2, 2013
- boca raton, Florida's Gold Coast, infestations, landscape professional, pest control, whiteflies
While the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly’s name obviously indicates that it harms gumbo limbo, other landscape plants can also be damaged by this whitefly.
Black olive, live oak, palms, mango, banana and some shrubs are subject to the ravages of this harmful little whitefly as well. Here’s what you need to know about this insect if you suspect you have an infestation.
What is the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly?
This insect is three times bigger than common whiteflies and is one of 75 different types of whiteflies found in Florida. However, this particular whitefly is thought to have originated in Central America.
While this insect has been seen infesting a number of South Florida plants, the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly is different from the ficus whitefly in that, so far, this new type of whitefly has not caused widespread death among the plants it infects. Still, a gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly infestation can cause enough damage to garner your attention.
What are the signs of a gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly infestation?
If you’re not sure whether this new type of whitefly has settled in your garden or not, look for two signs. First is a waxy spiral-patterned substance on the backs of leaves. This is a batch of gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly eggs. Second is black, soot-like mold that thrives on the excrement of these insects. Sticky excrement and the mold it fosters can collect on surfaces beneath infested plants.
What can you do to prevent further infestation?
In addition to calling in expert pest control services, you should:
- Wash off plants with a powerful spray of water.
- Apply systemic insecticide to the soil.
- Spray plants with horticulture oil or insecticidal soap once a week for three to four weeks. Only use this method on non-fruit trees.
If you choose to incorporate insecticides in preventing whitefly infestation, make sure you follow the label exactly.
For additional information about gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly or for any other pest needs, please contact Haggerty Pest Control today. Our experience serving South Florida from the Gold Coast to the Treasure Coast dates back to 1975.
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