The most noticeable symptoms of an infestation of this whitefly is the abundance of the white, waxy material covering the leaves and also excessive sooty mold. Like other similar insects, these whiteflies will produce "honeydew", a sugary substance, which causes the growth of sooty mold. The actual effect of an infestation on the health of a plant is unknown; however, whiteflies in general can cause plant decline, defoliation and branch dieback.
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:
- Gumbo Limbo
- Black Olive Trees
- Mango trees
- A wide variety of Palms
- Live oak, some shrubs such as copperleaf, cocoplum and wax myrtle
- And many others