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  • What’s the best fig whitefly treatment?

    Created by Jack Stolzberg on

    Can you recommend a product to rid my 10″ high Ficus Hedge from The fig whitefly, Singhiella simplex? This mature hedge is approximately 2000′ long. and is our living fence to our community Thanks in advance.

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    Eric Vinje

    Hi Jack –

    There are a few ways to control the fig whitefly. Some options are a soil drench (systemic) insecticide, a foliar spray insecticide, or using natural predators or beneficial insects. From reading recommendations on how to get rid of the fig whitefly, I will first suggest looking into biological control.

    Natural predators are the best bet. Insecticides can become less effective over time, and since the fig whitefly reproduces quickly, I believe it wouldn’t take long to start seeing a loss in effectiveness. Some natural predators are lady beetles, a wasp parasitoid, and green lacewings. Systemic insecticides are often recommended, but most are not safe and can be harmful to bees. As for foliar sprays, I recommend neem oil, Botanigard, Horticulture oil, or Insecticidal soaps.

    Hope it helps!

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