Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Prevention and Treatment

Have you noticed a white substance on the underside of your palm tree leaves? 

How about a black sticky substance covering your trees, and even your house and mailbox? 

Do you fear it may spread to other trees or plants in your landscape?

You’re not alone! Spiraling Whitefly infestations are being spotted all over Southwest Florida and seem to be infesting all of our most common palms in addition to many of our most common trees. Once this whitefly hits your neighborhood, it's only a matter of time before your landscape will become infested. Leaves are turning white and the sooty mold that's produced can turn the leaves, trunk and anything under the infested tree black. This black sooty mold in turn interferes with photosynthesis and, if excessive, can reduce plant growth and may cause early leaf drop.

The good news is Larue has developed a treatment strategy that not only stops this insect in its tracks, but also prevents future infestations all year long. Preventive treatments are recommended to keep an infestation from occurring in the first place.

Once treated, you can rest assured that within a few days to a couple of weeks the infestation is controlled and your trees can begin to heal. Because of the long lasting systemic product Larue uses, your tree will also be protected from future infestations.

Larue’s team of professionals will treat the base of each palm or tree with a systemic insecticide which is taken up into the vascular system of the tree. Because these insects are literally sucking the liquid out of the leaves, they will receive a lethal dose of the product. In addition, a foliar application will be performed to reduce the current adult populations on the trees. 

Our Rugose Spiraling Whitefly treatment program is a twice a year service that provides control over your current infestation, as well as protection for the rest of your landscape against future outbreaks, for 6 months at a time.


Systemic insecticide is the only way to ensure long-lasting control while reducing the need to constantly spray. Spiraling whiteflies will be present in your neighborhood and they will try to re-infest your treated palms, but you can rest assured that Larue will stop them in their tracks for 6 months after treatment.

Be sure to download our free "10 Things You MUST Know About the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly" eBook if you want to learn more!

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