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Rugose Whitefly Control Treatment 561-395-6701 

Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Florida 

For control of Rugose Whitefly or Ficus Whitefly in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lighthouse Point and Boynton Beach. Updated December 2014. We can take care of all your Whitefly problems quickly and effectively! Call Delray Beach Pest Control 561-395-6701

image007.jpgThere are now a few new whitefly species of whitefly causing problems all over our beautiful south Florida landscapes as you may have seen on the news or firsthand in your own yard, these are the Rugose Whitefly (Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly) Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly and Giant Whitefly.
rugose.whitefly.jpgLike the Ficus Whitefly that have already been causing huge problems locally for several years these are small, winged insects that typically feed on the underside of ficus, palm and other susceptible plant leaves with their sucking mouthparts. Whiteflies can seriously injure or kill some plants by quickly sucking essential nutrients right out of the plant causing possible wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death. Depending on how many susceptible species of plants you have in your landscape the dollar amount could be very significant to replace if not treated. There are more than 75 different species of whiteflies reported in Florida, the most problematic in Boca Raton and Delray Beach include: Rugose Whitefly, Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly and Ficus Whitefly. 

Rugose Whitefly formerly known as Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly also appears to attack a wide range of plants from palms of many varieties to woody ornamentals and fruit trees, it has been confirmed to attack over 60 different host plants includingCoconut Palm (appearing to be the worst affected),  Mango, Avocado, Live Oak, Black Olive, Gumbo Limbo, Cocoplum, White Bird of Paradise and many others *(treated fruit trees should not be eaten as per product lable requirements).Rugosewhitefly4.jpg


The adult whiteflies congregate on the undersides of the leaves to feed and reproduce. The femaleRugose Whitefly lays her eggs in a spiral pattern on the leaves and also deposits a white, waxy substance on the eggs. The crawler stage hatches from the eggs and crawls around before it starts to feed with its “needle-like” mouthparts. This stage is very small and difficult to see. The crawler will molt and go through several immature stages some of these immature stages will secrete white filaments of wax all over the leaves. It will likely survive year round in the warm climate of south Florida.

One homeowner said "I've lived here 27 years and I've never seen anything make a mess of my pool like this has!"

  The most noticeable symptoms of an infestation of theRugose Whitefly is the abundance of “honeydew”, which is another name for the whitefly’s excrements, the sticky urine and feces the whitefly secretes constantly, which can get all over everything which is anywhere near to under the 
infested area and causes the growth of black sooty mold damaging whatever it lands on such as cars, pools, decking, outdoor furniture etc... One telltale sign that your Coconut Palm has Rugose Whitefly is if the trunk starts to turn a much darker color than normal. Rugose and Bondar’sWhiteflies can reach very high populations and can be extremely damaging. You may achieve excellent control with one of the methods listed below, but remember the white, waxy material and the sooty mold on the plant will take time to wear off unless physically washed off with water, soap or bleach.
Contact insecticides are typically sprayed on the foliage to kill adult whiteflies, coverage must be thorough to get the best results, particularly in cases like this when the insect is primarily on the underside of the leaves. Foliar systemic sprays of Tristar are very effective on adult whitefly giving both quick knockdown and good residual.  A systemic insecticide can be applied directly to the infested plant or to the soil. Soil applications include drenching the soil with Safari or spreading a granular formulation of Safari over the root area then watering it in properly. Some products can also be applied as a basal trunk spray. Arborjet offers a systemic trunk injection of control products directly into the vascular tissue of the affected tree, this method safely applies all of the control product deep into the tree's trunk which then moves up and throughout the entire canopy thus killing the whitefly. Systemic insecticides can also be sprayed on the foliage, but often provide longer control when applied to the soil or trunk of the infested tree.




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