MEET THE PEST
Giant whiteflies are named from their giant length - a total of 5 mm, or 3/16". Okay, that doesn't sound very impressive. But considering that most whiteflies are only 2-3 mm long, giant whiteflies are much larger than average. Another trait of these pests is the cottony, white wax they produce. The wax protects eggs and nymphs, or young whiteflies, from predators and environmental stress. Sometimes, the wax threads reach 2-10" long - now that's impressive! - and blow off onto surrounding objects.
- Piercing-sucking insect (Aleurodicus dugesii)
ORIGIN & DISTRIBUTION
Native to: MexicoDistribution in United States: CA, HI, TX, AZ, LA, FL
COMMONLY AFFECTED TREE SPECIES
- Indian Laurel Fig
- And many others!
- White wax deposits on leaf surfaces.
- Wax filaments can reach 2-10" long!
- Feed on phloem sugar sap.
- Premature leaf death, plant dieback.
- Honeydew, sooty mold.
- Ace-Jet (acephate), Criterion/Merit (imidalcoprid).
- Green option: insecticidal soap or oils.
- Prune out affected tree branches. Giant whiteflies tend to stay on the same cluster of leaves, so pruning can be effective on mildly infested trees.
- Wash infested leaves with strong stream of water.
- Green lacewings, hover and flower flies, lady beetles, parasitic wasps.
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