Ft Myers Pest Control Company Warns of Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Infestation



A new pest has invaded SW Florida and is wreaking havoc on our Landscapes. Larue Pest Management suggests remedy for controlling infestations.

Keith Ruebeling
, President

Larue Pest Management, Inc.

(800) 314-8813

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA (August 31, 2012) Spiraling Whitefly infestations are being spotted all over Southwest Florida and seem to be plaguing many of the region’s most common palms and trees. Indications of an infestation include:

  • white Spirals and a buildup of a waxy substance on the leaves
  • honeydew, which creates sooty mold which turn the leaves, trunk and anything under the tree black
  • an abundance of leaves turning white

“Many people in Southwest Florida are experiencing the effects of the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly,” said Keith Ruebeling President of Larue Pest Management, a Ft Myers pest control company. “Regrettably, once this whitefly hits your neighborhood, it’s only a matter of time before your landscape will become infested.”

The Spiraling Whitefly fly is excessively prolific and can cause extensive damage, therefore calling a professional to make a positive identification may be the best course of action, if an infestation is suspected. Best practices suggest that only licensed professionals, with experience in the treatment of this pest, be hired. A good contractor should be well trained in the utilization of systemic insecticides and be able to provide a long-term, environmentally sound solution.

Ruebeling suggests treatment of an infected tree rather than its removal, “In most cases the cost of tree removal will be more than that of treatment. In the vast majority of cases the tree will survive if treated properly.”

Systemic insecticides are absorbed into the vascular system of the tree and since the Spiraling Whiteflies are literally sucking the liquid out of a tree’s leaves, such a treatment to the base of the tree will deliver a lethal dose of toxin to the insects. Once treated, the tree can begin to heal. With proper watering, fertilizing and pruning, the overall health of the tree will return. By treating with a systemic insecticide, instead of a contact insecticide, the need to constantly spray is diminished and long term results are achieved.

Preventative treatments are recommended to keep infestations from even occurring. A foliar application will reduce current adult populations on the trees and a systemic application will provide long term control.

“Excessive Spiraling Whitefly damage interferes with a tree’s photosynthesis and results in its failure to thrive,” added Ruebeling. “There is nothing at the local DYI stores that will effectively treat a Whitefly infestation. Those of us at Larue want to keep the beautiful palms and trees in our Southwest neighborhoods healthy and are happy to answer anyone’s questions and encourage them to call us.”

Larue Pest Management can be reached at 800-314-8813 or www.laruepest.com. If you suspect you may have Spiraling Whitefly or would like someone to check for you, a landscape professional will inspect your property and if needed design a treatment strategy. In the mean time, download 10 Things You MUST Know About the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly for free!

About Larue Pest Management
Larue Pest Management is a QualityPro certified Ft Myers pest control company that offers treatment of bed bugs, mosquito prevention, termite protection, lawn & shrub care, and irrigation repairs for both residential and commercial properties in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Bonita Springs, Lee, Collier, Hendry and Charlotte counties in Florida since 1978.


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