One of the most common issues we have been seeing lately are White Fly infestations. Whiteflies are closely related to aphids, mealy bugs, and scale - all of which feed by sucking sap from plants. Whiteflies can be found on the undersides of leaves and are active during the daytime when it is warm. When a heavily infested plant is disturbed, white clouds of winged adults fly into the air. These are very common on many landscape shrubs and gardens.
We recommend a few different products to treat an infestation of Whiteflies:
• Insecticidal Soap is an organic blend, and it works easily by simply spraying the plant. Insecticidal soap will require a couple of applications to make sure you have killed all the larva and un-hatched eggs (pictured below).
• Triple Action is another product that can be used in both landscapes and edible gardens; again you will want to treat twice to assure you have exterminated all the insects.
• Indoor/Outdoor Multi-Purpose Insect Spray can be used to spray the plants as well, and like the name suggests it’s safe for indoor use.
• If you are seeing Whiteflies on non-edibles, a very effective product you can use is Systemic Insect Granules. These granules work are applied into the soil and diffuse into the roots of the plant treated, poisoning the insects when they feed and killing them quite effectively.