Is it just me, or is there something about Spring that makes you really want to get out and enjoy your yard?
But it can be hard to relax and enjoy when your trees look like this…
Recently, we’ve discovered a new threat to the beauty of our tropical landscapes: the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly. This particular whitefly first appeared in Florida in 2009 and is believed to have arrived from Central America. The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly can attack a wide range of host plants — from gumbo limbos and cocoplums to live oaks, mangoes, and a variety of palms.
Have your plants been infested by Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies?
The primary sign of an infestation is a white, waxy coating on leaves followed by an excessive growth of black sooty mold. The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly sucks the nutrients from the underside of a leaf and then excretes a sticky, shiny substance called honeydew. Spores of a sooty mold floating in the air — always present but invisible to the naked human eye — attach to the leaf and feast on the honeydew. The honeydew turns black as the mold spreads. Eventually this will cause leaves to yellow, wilt, and drop from the tree.
For the Do-It-Yourselfers:
If your landscape has been infested you can try several tactics to get rid of this stubborn pest, depending on the severity of the outbreak. Begin by washing the effected plants with water to dislodge the fly. In addition, you can apply a horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. For more severe infestations, you made need to turn to an insecticide.
For Stress-Free Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Protection:
The most effective prevention and treatment for Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies is by using systemic insecticide which is absorbed by a plant’s roots and move up the trunk to the leaves, so that the whitefly feeds directly on the insecticide. This helps target the pest without killing off the natural predatory insects that help to control the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly population.
We recommend preventative treatments, especially if you’ve already spotted Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies in your neighborhood. Treatments are applied every 6 months and assure your landscaping is protected and you never have to see your beloved palms suffer. You’re probably wondering: will Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies kill my palm trees? Find your answer here.
The first step to deciding whether your landscape needs to be treated for Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is to schedule your free inspection. Our experts will be able to help you determine the best course of action and get you on the path towards a beautiful, protected yard!
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