White Fly is back in South Florida

White Fly is back again in Miami, Florida. After three years of the little pest showing up in South Florida, little natural control is being seen. The fig whitefly, Singhielle simplex, is still attacking ficus trees and hedges at an alarming rate. The winged insect belongs in the Order Hemiptera and feed on the underside of the leaves with their “needle-like” mouthparts. As you see in the picture, whiteflies seriously injure the ficus plants by sucking the juices out of them causing them to drop their leaves.

That ficus hedge in your yard doesn’t need water it needs the help of a professional. Contact a licensed landscape spray company and have them conduct a soil drench with a systemic insecticide. If you act today, you might be able to save your plants.

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