Spiraling Whitefly Control
This summer a new pest made its way up from Southern Florida to the Gulf Coast, wreaking havoc in a short amount of time. The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly made its appearance along Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, and Punta Gorda coastlines earlier this year. Fahey Pest & Lawn Solutions has been in communication with Associated Pest Management Companies that have been battling these nuisance pests in the Fort Lauderdale area and have had success in controlling them for their customers. We are ready and armed with knowledge, tools, and products necessary to provide the RIGHT service for the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly.
There is little information on the biology on the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly; however, research is ongoing to describe the life cycle and plant host range. This whitefly is close in relation to the giant white fly, (Aleurodicus Dugesii), and shares some similarities. The Spiraling whitefly is about 3 times larger than other whiteflies that occur in the U.S. and are slower moving. They have been found infesting Coconut Palms, Bird of Paradise, Live Oak, Banyan, and many other types of palms, trees, shrubs and even grass.
Identifying Spiraling Whiteflies in Sarasota County, Manatee County & Charlotte County
The female adult lays her eggs on the underside of leaves in a “spiral” pattern, much like a thumb print. There will begin to be a buildup of a white, waxy substance on the underside of leaves which coats the eggs and immature whiteflies. The spiraling whitefly nymphs secrete a clear substance called honeydew. Because there are large amounts of secreted honeydew, the sticky honeydew can accumulate on cars, pool decks, driveways and patio furniture from infested trees overhead. Honey dew does not damage paint however it is extremely sticky and very difficult to clean off. Walking on the substance can be very slippery and can feel like walking on the sticky side of tape as your shoe rips off the surface. Black mold grows into the honey dew and covers the leaves and branches. This prohibits the photosynthesis of the plant and can interfere with growth and reduces the long term vigor of the plant.
Spiraling Whitefly Control Methods and Contacting a Professional
The spiraling whitefly can cause plant decline, defoliation and branch dieback. If you suspect this pest is infesting your home or business contact Fahey Pest & Lawn Solutions for a complete inspection and identification. It is best to treat for this pest as soon as possible. Fahey Pest & Lawn Solutions has found that the best way to treat for Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is to apply a systemic material to the affected tree. This works by spreading through all of the tissues of a plant instead of just staying on the surface. We use a product designed for treating trees that is extremely soluble and is injected directly into the vascular system of the tree. We will also apply a system drench to the affected landscaping and smaller trees that cannot be injected. This treatment plan works on residential properties as well as commercial properties such as HOA’s, schools, parks, hotels, and large resorts. Fahey Pest & Lawn Solutions can put together a plan of action to give your landscape the protection it needs to stop these pests and help keep your plants and trees healthy.