How to Identify and Control Whiteflies Effectively

White flies are small sucking insects that have developed resistance to many synthetic pesticides making chemical control difficult.

What are White Flies?

Whiteflies are winged insects that have soft bodies and are closely related to aphids, mealybugs, and scale since they belong to the order Hemiptera.

How to Identify White Flies

Adults (1/16 inch long) are moth-like insects with powdery white wings and short antennae. They are easily recognized and often found near the tops of plants or on stem ends.

Life Cycle of a White Fly

Young nymphs overwinter on the leaves of host plants. In late spring adult females deposit 200-400 eggs in circular clusters on the undersides of upper leaves.

What Plants are Susceptible to White Flies?

Whiteflies feed on a wide variety of plants, including ornamental flowers and warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and okra. They can also be found feeding on cucumber, sweet potatoes, and squash.

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