South Florida has new variety of whitefly referred to as Spiraling whitefly. This fly can affect a wide variety of Florida's beautiful tropical plants such as:
Black Olive Trees
A wide variety of Palms
Live oak, some shrubs such as copperleaf, cocoplum and wax myrtle
And many others
What to look for:
White spirals and a buildup of a white, waxy substance on the underside of leaves. This substance coats the eggs and immature whiteflies. If spiraling whitefly populations build-up greatly, infested plants can become covered with the white, waxy substance.
This can sometimes become weakened and also be disfigured by the black sooty mold that grows on the insect's excrement (referred to as honeydew).
Plants are not the only victim of spiraling whiteflies. Swimming pools are also effected where there are infestations. Spiraling whiteflies deplete chlorine in pools and cause filter clogging which leads to cloudy pools. The sticky honeydew mess whiteflies produce can accumulate on cars or outdoor patio furniture if under an infested tree or plant.
Your home's landscape can amount to 25% of your home's value. Don't allow these invaders to destroy your beautiful Florida Landscape. Call today for your free Spiraling Whitefly inspection and evaluation.