FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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
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
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
“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.