name: White Fly or White Flies
Latin name: Trialeurodes vaporariorum
Colors: Powder white. Life cycle: < 21 days.
Mouth parts: Sucking
Transportation: White fly can be transported indoors by
people and pets. They can fly from host to host.
Houseplant Pest information: White fly is another insect pest that is rarely
a problem with most house plants. We have seen them on Hibiscus,
Poinsettias and some Euphorbias that have small leaves. These
small pure white flies are very easy to identify. Generally they
come indoors from garden plants during the summer.
Signs of infection: Look for
small white flies, flying when the plant is disturbed or shaken.
White fly lives on the under side of upper leaves.
Control: One method of
natural control is to take the infected plant outdoors and give it
a good shake, then run like heck back inside leaving some of
the flies outside.
Spray with Safer's Ultra Fine Oil spray weekly,
until no flies are present. This heavy spray will kind of glue the
White fly in place and smother them. Place sticky traps in the
area of the flies.
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