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Sweet Potato Whitefly

Sweet Potato Whitefly Information


The Sweet Potato Whitefly is very small, approximately 1/25” in length.  They have white wings, that are covered with a white, waxy powdery substance, and their bodies are a light-yellow color.  Their small eyes are red in color.

Location and Behavior Patterns:

The female Sweet Potato Whitefly will lay her eggs on the underside of plant leaves.  The eggs are white in color, and then they turn brown, just prior to hatching.  Once hatched, the young nymphs will feed on the leaf, or leaves, in close proximity.  The Sweet Potato Whiteflies can be very harmful and destructive to plants and crops.  They are especially attracted to plants, such as; the sweet potato, watermelon, cucumber, fig, lettuce, guava, pepper, squash, and a wide selection of many other plant types.

A sign of an infestation of this type of Whitefly can be seen by wilting or yellowing plants, as well as plants that look severely damaged.


The Sweet Potato Whitefly is really resilient, and can be very difficult to control or rid your property of them.  Insecticides are effective at treating this type of Whitefly; however, finding the right type of insecticide is crucial.  Your pest control technician has many recommendations for the best way to control this destructive pest.


Sweetpotato Whiteflies are considered the largest crop infesting species the world over.

What Plants Need Sweetpotato Whitefly Control?

The sweetpotato whitefly has an extremely wide host range. It attacks hundreds of species of plants (estimated at over 500 different plants).

Since Sweet potato whiteflies infest various types of plant material causing you to require Sweet Potato Whitefly Control West Palm Beach. They also leave thousands of eggs on the underside of the plant leaf. They move very quickly and are able to cause large amounts of damage to plants in a short period of time. The easiest way to identify them is to brush your hand against plants that are prone to them and they will swarm very heavily off of the plant.

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Sweetpotato Whiteflies all sorts of plants, 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 Sweetpotato Whitefly Control West Palm Beach. Call Florida Environmental Pest Management today for a free quote.

Sweet Potato Whitefly