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spiraling whitefly Active Seasons: SpringSummerFallWinter

spiraling-whitefly

Appearance and Size Facts

  • A relatively new species, only being described in 2004 by Jon H. Martin in Belize
  • Eggs, which are usually laid on the underside of leaves in a spiral (hence the name), hatch into a crawler stage
  • Wanders around the leaf until they begin to feed
  • Nymphs are feeding and non-mobile, usually oval, flat, and simple in appearance
  • Adults are larger than most other whiteflies, move much slower, and fly less frequently
  • Size: Adults around roughly 3/32 inch in length, about 3 times larger than other whiteflies

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Behavior & Habitat

Behavior & Habitat

Florida's temperate and humid conditions provide significantly increased insect and pest activity as compared to most areas of The US. The lack of a cold season allows pests to thrive and multiply all year long. Learn more about your pest here.

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Warning Signs of Infestation

Signs of Infestation

Pests provide a variety of warning signs that vary from species to species. Some may leave subtle clues while others may cause major structural damage resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn more to protect your home and family.

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How to Do It Yourself

Preventative Pest Tips

There are many things we can do to prevent pests from controlling our environment. Caulking cracks that pests can crawl through, maintaining sanitary conditions to deny pests a food source and eliminating any structure wood content with the earth are just a few.

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Signs of Infestation

Signs of Infestation

The list of host plants for rugose spiraling whitefly is constantly growing. These pests don't appear to be host specific. However, several species of plants seem to be favored. Coconut palms, white birds-of-paradise (giant birds-of-paradise), and Gumbo Limbo trees are the top three favorite hosts. Other common hosts include: most palm species, avocado trees, oak trees, black olive trees, sea grape, and wax myrtle. As mentioned above, rugose spiraling whitefly doesn't appear to injure the plant like other whitefly species, but it does produce an unbelievable amount of honeydew. This insect produces so much honeydew your feet may stick to the ground below. There are reports of rugose spiraling whitefly from a single coconut tree in a parking lot coating all cars within 50 feet in honeydew. To make matters worse, sooty mold may also form on the honeydew creating a black "sooty" appearance on all surfaces below the tree. The adult whitefly resembles a small moth (3/32 inch) with a whiteish-yellow body and white mottled wings. Immature stages (eggs and nymphs) can be found primarily on the underside of the leaves. Rugose spiraling whitefly can be identified by the distinct "spiraling" pattern of their egg masses. In severe infestations, the entire underside of the leaves is coated in white egg masses and the pattern is less apparent. Rugose spiraling whitefly egg masses will also be found on nearby non-host plants and even concrete, especially if it is green in color! Monitor your landscape plants for early signs of an infestation because it is better to prevent infestations than it is to try to fix severe infestations. Honeydew and sooty mold may remain for months after the whiteflies are gone.

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