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Whiteflies have become a major concern for Fort Lauderdale residents with at least two, possibly three, species impacting the landscape.

Ficus or Fig Whitefly, Rugose Spiraling Whitefly, and a new one on the scene, Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly, have been found within the city limits of Fort Lauderdale. 

Flocculent and honeydew

Residents may have noticed plant leaves that are yellowing, dropping, covered with white waxy material called flocculent, or covered with whitefly excrement called honeydew and its accompanying sooty mold. 

Whiteflies are among the many pests that are part of living in a subtropical climate. They can be managed with proper plant cultural practices; use of other beneficial insects, mites and fungi; and judicious application of the appropriate pesticides.  Fortunately, control methods for all three species of Whitefly are similar. The State of Florida has set up an informational webpage with information for homeowners, professionals and educators.Plants, walkways, cars, outdoor furniture and even pools may become covered with the sticky material or flocculent.

 

 

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