Golf course landscapes under attack by Gumbo Limbo Whitefly in South Florida

Landscape plants on golf courses and around homes are being affected by a new pest in South Florida called the Gumbo Limbo Whitefly. For the last three years we have been fighting a war against the Fig Leaf Ficus Whitefly, but now we are under attack by this new pest. The winged insect belongs in the Order Hemiptera and feeds on the underside of the leaves with its “needle-like” mouthparts. Whiteflies seriously injure the plants by sucking the juices out of them, causing them to drop their leaves. The video below shows damage on oak trees, coconuts, gumbo limbos, fish tail palms, crotons, and sabal palms. In the video I explain the signs to look for and possible treatments. That dying tree or bush in your yard does not need water, it needs the help of a true professional. This video might help save your plants so please watch it.

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  1. Ok, only place I ever played golf was a small little spot on Catalina Island, I was horrid. But, I’m commenting on Whitefly. I treat my gardens and lawns regularly to prevent infestations. Now 6 weeks after having City of Fort Lauderdale re-sod my swale, I have a whitefly infestation in my Gumbo Limbos. I guess pertinent to you – is if City FL re-sods any city owned area near a golf course and a whitefly infestation pops up, well, I’m suspicious.

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