When left unchecked, large numbers of whiteflies can wreak havoc on an otherwise healthy and thriving garden. These tiny white insects not only suck plant sap from your healthy plants but they also spread diseases weakening the plants in your garden. including your greenhouse plants. They can also be major pests of ornamental infested plants.
Many people have asked me how to deal with whiteflies on tomatoes. The remedies are the same on most plants you’ll find them on or near
Also, these pests are so minuscule that they can actually fit through the holes of most mesh screens, they are dreaded tiny white flies with white wings. This means that even if your healthy plants are tucked away in a greenhouse, they may not be safe from these creatures.
How To Get Rid Of Whiteflies Naturally
The good news is there are natural ways to get rid of whiteflies on plants that won’t cause any harm to your other plants. Today, we’ll be talking about how you can get rid of these pests naturally. Let’s start!
What Are They?
Whiteflies are small tiny white flying bugs, or flying insects that feed on the leaves of garden plants. So your indoor plants are safe. They typically lay hundreds of whitefly eggs and often stay underneath the entire plant foliage so it can be difficult to spot them from afar.
So it’s always good to check the undersides of leaves. They also tend to be impervious to cold weather and are known to survive during the winter. Whitefly populations also develop rapidly in warmer weather/ warm climates.
Species of Whiteflies
- Trialeurodes vaporariorum
- Greenhouse whitefly
- Silverleaf whitefly also known as the sweet potatoes whitefly
- Giant whitefly
When we talk about How To Get Rid Of Whiteflies Naturally it’s not just because they are annoying, it’s also because they suck the sap out of plant leaves and the underside of leaves and hinder proper photosynthesis which starves your plants.
They also secrete a sticky substance called honeydew that not only causes fungal infections or fungal diseases but will attract ants to your garden.
Damage They Cause
Whiteflies tap into the phloem of plants which introduces toxic saliva and decreases a plant’s ability to transport water and nutrients throughout its body.
Susceptible plants can quickly be overwhelmed during an infestation or heavy infestation. Infected plants typically exhibit yellow leaves and stunted plant growth.
When this pest feeds on your healthy plants, they get weaker and over time, they become more susceptible to diseases and may even die.
Plus, sticky honeydew secreted by whiteflies can attract a type of fungus called black fungus and black sooty mold which can spread throughout your garden patch effectively destroying your yard.
How To Get Rid Of Whiteflies Naturally
I have often been asked how to get rid of the white fly on roses. There are various ways to control whiteflies and prevent infestations. If you’re not keen on using chemical insecticides, here are some natural, non-invasive ideas for controlling whiteflies:
- Use a vacuum cleaner. It may be easier to use a handheld vacuum to eliminate whiteflies from your plants. Using a cleaning hose, vacuum the underside of your plants until no whiteflies remain. Make sure to dispose of the contents of your vacuum cleaner somewhere the whiteflies cannot find entry to your garden again.
- To make insecticidal soap mix together liquid dish soap and water and put it in a spray bottle. Mist your infected plants once every four days until there are no more whiteflies left. When using this method, make sure to spray in the evening when the air temperature is cooler.
- Spray Neem oil on vegetables, fruit trees, and flowers to kill whitefly eggs, larvae, and adult insects. Mix 1 oz per gallon of water and spray all leaf surfaces until completely coated.
- Use yellow sticky whitefly traps for whitefly control, they will attract and manage adults. The yellow color of these traps are attractive to whiteflies as well as aphids, thrips, leaf miners, gnats, and fruit flies. You can also use yellow cards that are coated with a sticky coating such as Tanglefoot, petroleum jelly, or mineral oil.
- Introduce natural predators or beneficial bugs such as female beetles, tiny parasitic wasps, Encarsia Formosa wasps and green lacewings to your garden. These little critters feed on adult whiteflies as well as on their eggs which can effectively control any infestation going on in your garden.
Whiteflies can be a nuisance in any garden. However, there are natural solutions that can help you get rid of them without harming the rest of your garden.
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