January 4, 2017
Just last year, a major outbreak of Oriental Fruit Flies nearly shut down the massive agricultural industry of South Florida and was especially… Read More
The whitefly is a small, but formidable threat to Florida’s plants and trees. There are many different types of species of whitefly.
The whitefly is a tiny, 1/8”, mealy-white insect with four mealy-white wings that expand less than 1/8”. They have needle-like mouths perfect for puncturing and sucking the juice out of their host plants. The adults have two sets of wings that are covered with a white, powdery wax, which is where they get their name. The whitefly nymph is a flat, elliptical-shaped object that is normally attached to the underside of leaves.
Whiteflies thrive in sunny warm environments and are active year-round in Florida.
There is some research that says that whiteflies particularly like and are attracted to the color yellow.
Spiraling whiteflies are attracted to citrus the most, but will attack just about any type of tree or plant.
Fig whiteflies are only attracted to ficus plants.
There are multiple types of whitefly. Two common species are:
Fig whiteflies (also known as Ficus whitefly)- these whiteflies only eat ficus plants.
Spiraling whiteflies- these will eat just about any type of plant or tree.
Both kinds of whiteflies that we have here in Florida are destructive to our plants and trees. The damage that these insects inflict as well as the viruses that they transmit inhibits the growth and health of their host plants.