Are Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies Destroying Your Landscape?

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Courtesy of Flickr user scott.zona)

You’re not alone! The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is invading Sanibel, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida. We’ve been receiving about two calls a day on this invasive pest and it’s steadily on the rise! Once this whitefly moves in to your neighborhood, it’s only a matter of time before they turn your plant leaves white and produce a sooty mold that can turn the leaves, trunk and anything under the tree black.

Originally they were called the Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whiteflies because they were thought to only affect those trees, however it’s since been renamed Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies because we now know it can infest a growing number of southwest Florida’s most common plants and trees. Some of their preferred hosts are:

  • Gumbo Limbo
  • Calopyllum (Tamanu)
  • Black Olive
  • Mango
  • Wax Myrtle
  • Palms: Coconuts, Christmas, Alexander’s, Travelers, Royals, Queens, Robillini’s, Foxtails, Areca, Canary Island Date and many more.

You’ll be relieved to know that we’ve developed a treatment plan that can eliminate this pest and prevent them from invading your healthy trees and plants for 6 months at a time. For more information visit LaruePest.com//services/rugose-spiraling-whitefly-prevention-and-treatment/ or download this free guide: 10 Things You MUST Know About the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly.

-Keith