These Whiteflies are the reason Palm Beach Island residents are moving away from ficus and towards other types of shrubs for hedges. Once whiteflies infest ficus, they kill them over time. Many Palm Beach County residents have been moving to podocarpus as a result. We can help with whitefly control if you are experiencing issues with whiteflies.
The Ficus Whitefly is a small fly that measures less than 1/8” in length. They have white wings and their bodies are tinted with a bit of yellow.
The Ficus Whitefly, also referred to as the Fig Whitefly, is usually located underneath the leaves of plants. They will fly away from the plant, if the plant is disturbed by a person or by an animal. The female fly will lay her eggs on the surface of the leaf, and the hatched nymphs will feed on the surrounding leaves.
The best way to tell if you have an infestation of Whiteflies, is to notice Ficus hedges and Ficus trees that look damaged. The leaves of the Ficus plant may turn yellow, or the leaves may disappear altogether. The White Fly will drain the plant sap completely out of the plant leaves, causing significant damage to the plant itself.
No one wants Whitefly’s, especially if you have great ficus hedges like the Palm Beaches are known for. Early detection of Whiteflies is very important, because the earlier the pest is treated, the better the chance of survival for the affected plant or plants. Insecticides are very effective for ridding your property of the invasive Ficus Whitefly. Many property owners decide to use insecticide on Ficus plants that don’t even show signs of the Ficus Whitefly. This is done for preventative purposes.
Fig Whiteflies infest Ficus Hedges and Trees. This causes major leaf droppings, and, eventually leaving the plant with little to no leaves. You can easily identify a fig whitefly by looking at the underside of the leaves. When white eggs are infesting the bottom side of the leaves, you have an active whitefly attacking the hedge. Most of the time they will be swarming around the hedge as well. When you see this happening to your hedges, you need Fig Whitefly Control West Palm Beach. To ensure that your hedge stays thick and full, be sure that your ficus is on a regular program to keep whiteflies from damaging it. Call Florida Environmental Pest Management today for a free quote.
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