I Have A Whitefly In My Pool: Harmful? Or Just A Nuisance?
November 13, 2013
The spiraling whitefly, also known as Rugose spiraling whitefly, can do a tremendous amount of damage to your landscaping and your swimming pool. Unlike its relative, the ficus whitefly, the spiraling whitefly is not as picky of an eater.
The spiraling whitefly is known to damage a wide variety of palm trees, gumbo limbo trees, black olive trees, and birds of paradise. Aside from sucking the nutrients out of the plant, the spiraling whitefly leaves behind a sooty mold or honeydew, that is both unsightly and destructive. This honeydew can get onto patio furniture and decking, and because the spiraling whitefly likes these plants that we often use in the landscaping around our pools, they can become a nuisance in your pool water.
Yes, this is a nuisance, but it can also damage your pool filtration system. The sooty mold will turn your pool a milky color, which will deplete your pool’s chlorine, and the water will eventually turn green. Getting your pool’s chlorine level and filtration system back to normal can be costly and time- consuming. To prevent this from happening, keep a close eye on the ornamentals around your pool and regularly check stabilizer and chlorine levels. Some pool owners have found success in maintaining a slightly higher than normal level of chlorine in their pools.