Whiteflies | Houseplants Pests, Identification and Control
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Whiteflies in Houseplants
Whiteflies are tiny, white moth-like insects which occur in clusters on the underside of leaves of most houseplants.
Whiteflies are sap-sucking insects, which secrete a honeydew sticky substance which attracts a sooty black mold.
Infestation by Whiteflies results in leaves turning yellow and dropping, stunted growth and sticky sooty mold on leaves.
Whiteflies are common in Begonia, Fuchsia, Impatiens and Pelargonium.
The Best Treatment for Whiteflies in Houseplants
- Whiteflies can pe prevented by use of Aluminium reflective soil mulch which deters the flies from attacking the plant.
- A light infestation by Whiteflies can be dealt with by use of yellow sticky pads, as they are attracted to yellow colored objects and they are then trapped.
- A heavy Whiteflies infestation can be dealt with by spraying a Permethrin-based insecticide at 3 days interval to minimize infestation.