Ficus Whitefly Control Services In Florida
As a resident of Palm Beach County, you have seen the damage caused by the fig whitefly. Throughout South Florida, ficus hedges have been decimated by this insect, turning what were intended to be nature’s privacy walls into see-through chain link fences. Whiteflies suck nutrients from plants which causes wilting, defoliation and branch dieback. The good news is that your damaged hedges can very likely recover and thrive with a proper whitefly treatment program combined with our high quality fertilization program.
Following University of Florida treatment guidelines, we at Native Pest Management focus on preventing the fig whitefly with a systemic insecticide applied to the roots of your ficus trees and hedges. Following this quarterly application, the insecticide is absorbed through transpiration into the plant material, eliminating the ability of whiteflies to feed on or lay eggs on the ficus leaves. Should you have an active whitefly infestation, we will supplement this systemic application with a foliar application of insecticidal soap. In addition to protecting your ficus from damage, these targeted treatment methods protect beneficial insects that prey on whiteflies and other harmful insects, further enhancing the overall health of your landscape.
The easiest way to determine if you have a spiral whitefly infestation is to walk outside and find the nearest gumbo limbo or coconut palm tree. If the tree is infested, you will see a white, waxy material covering the underside of the palm fronds. Since whiteflies produce “honeydew”, a sugary substance, you may also notice the growth of black sooty mold on plants, concrete and vehicles underneath infested trees.
If you have a pool, it may look like there is snow in the water and the pool may turn green as whiteflies and their honeydew secretions deplete the chlorine. If your pool is currently suffering from the effects of whiteflies, we recommend an immediate application of systemic insecticides to all host plants in the area and phosphate removal treatments for your pool until the whiteflies are completely eliminated. If you are in need of a company with knowledge and experience in counteracting the effects of whiteflies and other environmental impacts on pools, we highly recommend www.PalmBeachPoolDoctorInc.com.
Other common host trees and plants of the spiraling whitefly are areca palms, cocoplum, seagrapes, mangos, and live oak trees. Because natural enemies are a critical component of long-term whitefly control, it is important to avoid the foliar spraying of insecticides as much as possible. If you believe your landscape may be susceptible to a whitefly infestation on one of your trees or plants.