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  • White Fly on Potted Citrus Tree

    Created by Barbara Nevers on

    I have a small potted lime tree and it is now infected with white fly which I found out my neighbors had it so I’m guessing that’s how I got it. I have quite a few other plants like small Christmas palms (which don’t look like they have anything on them yet). I have just sprayed the citrus with dawn detergent mixed with water. Could you suggest one of your products in a spray bottle that I can try in case the detergent doesn’t work ? I appreciate you help. I live in Florida Keys. I also just bought a small Copper Leaf plant. Will whitefly attack this plant also ? If so I won’t plant it until I find out about another spray I can use.

    Thank you

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    Eric Vinje


    Whiteflies are very fond of citrus, so it is no surprise that you have noticed them on your lime tree. The detergent mixture should help to reduce the infestation, but if the population is high it would be wise to use a stronger insecticide before the pests spread to your other plants. A great product to get the job done would be SNS 203. It is a concentrate but the directions to dilute it into a spray bottle are very simple. Additionally, this product can also be mixed and poured into the soil, thereby killing pests in the soil while simultaneously killing pests on the foliage when sprayed. This way you can be sure to eliminate pests in both environments. Please see our article on whiteflies and links to the mentioned products below.

    Good luck!

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